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Pool Of London [DVD]
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A small-time smuggler finds himself in over his head in this gritty crime drama directed by Basil Dearden. Wisecracking merchant seaman Dan MacDonald (Bonar Colleano) makes ends meet by dabbling in a spot of petty smuggling in post WWII London. But his life quickly changes when he's framed by a gang of jewel thieves after a robbery in the city. Now, with his best mate Johnny (Earl Cameron) in the dock for murder, Dan must put his life on the line to prove his friend's innocence.
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Several of these are long on character and atmosphere but none compares to the verve of Pool of London, directed by Basil Dearden, which skilfully interweaves several plots around the arrival of a merchant ship in London for a few days. I can't understand why this has never been included in the various recent Ealing box sets and I'm glad it's finally getting a DVD release - and that Earl Cameron, one of the two main stars, is still around to enjoy whatever further plaudits may deservedly come his way as the result of this release.
To quote from Charles Barr's summary of the film: "If only one film could be preserved for posterity to illustrate the essence of Ealing ... this would be a good choice, with its clear-cut embodiment of Ealing attitudes to women, violence, social responsibility, and cinematic form. The film grew out of a documentary project and uses London locations extensively; it's one of the last films to feature a London tram-ride."
To which I will only add that those who have seen the film will know that the tram journey in question is not a bit of local colour carelessly chucked in but an integral, and heartbreaking, part of one of the subplots; those who haven't seen it are urged to take this opportunity to see an example of Ealing at its very best.
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A film set firmly in the shipping community of the City of London and Southwark. There's a strong element of the documentary running alongside a tale of safe-crackers, music-halls... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charles Vasey
This was a good old fashioned black & white film which my husband and I enjoyed particularly as we are Londoners now living in Essex so we were able to relate to the scenes showing... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justgriggs
Thoroughly enjoyed this old movie, was great to see London in days gone by, be great if the streets were as empty of cars today as they were then !!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Slider
I Enjoyed this film very much - being a London History buff it was great to be able too see the old streets off of Tooley Street as they used to be by where old Boris Johnson's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew Cripps