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  • Actors: Bonar Colleano, Earl Cameron, Susan Shaw, Renee Asherson, Moira Lister
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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I love old British films, especially those that reveal some town or city as it was years before I came onto the scene. Leaving aside the plot lines and characterisations, which are first-rate in themselves, the views of post-war London are priceless. If you've ever seen and enjoyed the footage of Manchester and the like shot by Mitchell & Kenyon in the 1910's, you'll love this. Apart from which, there's this: the word 'Ealing' seems always to be followed by the word 'comedy'; this film shows the extraordinary breadth and depth of the studio's work, and perfectly demonstrates the art of cinema as a story-telling medium. That's the way to do it.
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If you can't wait until August for this superb Ealing drama (highly rated by Ealing expert Charles Barr in his book on the company) then it is also to be found in the recently released London Collection box set - see my notes in that review for details about this film. It's the only Ealing film on that set but the others also have a great deal of location shooting and include The Yellow Balloon, Sparrows Can't Sing and the Soho-set vehicle for Anthony Newley The Small World of Sammy Lee.

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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Chalk up another masterpiece by Ealing Studios. This film has it all; the fast paced tone as seen in other Ealing masterpieces, a simple story that works. Hitchcockish tension where needed, a wonderful cast with realistic characters played by wonderful actors... 5 Stars; and this is a definite keeper.......
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This is an exceptional film. Its location shooting in and around the port of London in the early fifties has a documentary authenticity. The story is richly textured, combining social observation and a crime intrigue, with a strong script and strong performances from the entire cast. Surely one of the best productions of its day that rewards the viewer still. Highly recommended.
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Any film starring Bonar Colleano has to be worth watching. There is also an archaeologiocal fascination in just seeing the beautiful down at heel, scruffy London of that period, now lost forever, preserved on film, Trams and all. A must own.
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This is a wonderful film on many levels. Car chases, romance, comedy, racism, crime and more; and all set against the backdrop of early postwar London. You'll be transported back to a world very different from today, with a number of familiar actors, great fashions and even a trolleybus ride. This is serious drama and one of the best Ealing productions to my mind. Viewing essential, so what are you waiting for?
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I have been waiting for this film on video or DVD for over 20 years. Give it a go, you won't regret it.
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Mesmerising, as has been said very much for the London views which at some point are worth freeze framing or rewatching numerous times. The views over post war London, blitz damage still very evident and some buildings visible which shouldn't be (!) are priceless and I'd buy the film just for this - but it's also a captivating story line which keeps you guessing. HIghly recommended
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