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Gideon's Day [DVD]

Jack Hawkins , Dianne Foster , John Ford    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Ray, James Hayter
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: Michael Killanin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Dd Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJEIKW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Classic British crime thriller starring Jack Hawkins as Inspector George Gideon of Scotland Yard. Dedicated family man and all-round straight arrow, Gideon is used to being in the front line in the wave of crime and corruption sweeping the nation's capital but even for him, today is a bad day. It starts with him having to confront a fellow office of taking graft who strenuously denies the claim. When the officer dies later that day, however, Gideon's attention is piqued. In one day, Gideon must handle a murder in Manchester and a burglary in London both committed by the same known villain before being shot during a separate fracas. Upon returning home at the end of the day, he gets short shrift from his family for forgetting to pick up the salmon - little thanks does the nation's protector receive and none does he ask. Directed by the great American western director John Ford and made in Ireland, this film went on to spin off a TV series 'Gideon's Way'.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Ford 3 July 2010
Format:DVD
An ecclectic choice for Ford, but an entertaining excursion nevertheless thanks to a fast-paced script by Ealing regular T.E.B.(Tibby) Clarke.
It suffers from that same stereotyping that seems to come over all American directors' interpretations of British cops - look at 'Brannigan', and the London episodes of 'Columbo' and 'Madigan' for example.
Gone is the gritty and truthful realism of the mean streets of New York and L.A.and in come the 'gor blimey guv' cockneys with red double deckers galore passing every familiar London landmark. Ford actually has a model of dear old London Bridge seen through the window of Jack Hawkins' office complete with moving toy buses constantly running in the background.
What's most interesting is the way Ford treats the metroplitain police and judicial system like his beloved U.S. cavalry with its traditions and military style heirachy.
Jack Hawkins is on top form as George Gideon and its a treat to see gallery of well loved British character actors all getting to do a turn, including the magnificent Marjorie Rhodes, Howard Marion Crawford, Michael Trubshawe, Miles Malleson and a very young Anna Massey (Ford's Goddaughter)
Gideon's Day was released in colour in the UK, but reportedly shown in America as Gideon of Scotland Yard in black and white.
Let's hope the forthcoming DVD does it full justice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top class bw cop film of 1958 14 Feb 2010
By Mrgvase
Format:DVD
no 1 hawkins crime film from late 1950`s,this and the long arm,are about as good as you get in brit flicks of this time,great stories,good action,keeps you guessing till the end,the best of black and white movies,much better than tons of yank films,I have a dvd-rw copy,which is topps,if and when this is released on a proper dvd will compare,buy the minute it comes out,no one will regret the money spent.All these movies used to be shown on uk tv in the afternoons,but appear to have been forgotten by the c4,c5 stations,thank god for dvd and vhs.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is it 30 Nov 2007
By England
Format:DVD
Perhaps Amazon would be kind enough to update the details to tell us when this DVD will be available. Was it released in August 2007?
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