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The Long Arm [DVD]

Jack Hawkins , John Stratton , Charles Frend    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke, Sam Kydd
  • Directors: Charles Frend
  • Writers: Campbell Christie, Dorothy Christie, Janet Green, Robert Barr
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Thomas N. Morahan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,040 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Superior police procedural drama, with a strong cast, from 1956 that portrays solid and patient police work without any of the psychological undertones more prevalent in the 'noir' thrillers of the same period. This film follows a team of British coppers, led by Supt. Tom Halliday (Jack Hawkins), as they try to solve a complex case involving a series of burglaries.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Jack Hawkins is starred as a gruff, intensely dedicated Scotland Yard superintendent. Working as much by instinct as through scientific methods, Hawkins and rookie sergeant John Stratton tackle the case of a string of unsolved safecrackings, committed by the elusive Richard Leech. This Dragnet approach gives way to suspense as robbery leads to murder. A neat surprise twist caps this finely honed example of British moviemaking know-how. The Long Arm was released in the U.S. as The Third Key. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, ...The Long Arm ( The Third Key )

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Problems With The Audio 25 Jan 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just a quick note to make the following point:

Contrary to other reviews of this DVD the copy I recently bought has no audio problems; sound is as crystal clear throughout as the image, which is exceptional - as good as anything put out by Criterion, for example.

Added to which - what a lovely film!

Highly recommended.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film; poor copying 12 Mar 2008
I really enjoyed the story & the acting but the copy I bought from Amazon UK has extremely poor sound quality. Even given the age of the film the sound is woeful. It is very very hard to hear throughout & at times the static is so bad not a word can be heard. I would have sent it back except that postage from Australia to the UK is excessive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wearing well 27 Nov 2011
By pedro
One of the incidental pleasures of watching a film over fifty years old is the insight into - and for some the recollection of - the world of its day. Here the almost traffic-free streets of London feature in a police procedural movie which was the last to be made at the old Ealing studios. The story concerns the tracking down of a serial burglar who has been cracking the safes of large firms across the country and is told skilfully enough to hold the attention throughout. If you were enjoying British movies in the fifties you will certainly enjoy watching Jack Hawkins and other familiar faces in 'The Long Arm', whose appeal has held up remarkably well.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful 20 Feb 2008
An excellent film long overdue for dvd release, no doubt about it. BUT the copy I was sent was almost completely inaudible even with the volume turned up high.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie spoiled by poor sound quality 11 April 2008
A cracking 50's police thriller which is well scripted if a little dated.
1st class acting by all with some genuinly heart warming banter between the characters particularly Jack Hawkins and Meredith Edwards(the garage owner in Wales)...........Oh and look out for a young Stratford Johns as a Chester Police Constable with one line to deliver when Hawkins comes 'up north' Good production values too as Johns even has the Prince of Wales feathers on his tunic eppaulettes..Wow what detail for a 4 second scene! Only downside being the poor sound quality at times noticably during the search of the Ford Pilot at the police garage when vital evidence is recovered. Still a good film to keep.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Audio Track 30 Jun 2010
Great film, however I had to return it as I found, like so many others, that the Audio track was dire. The film is,obviously, originally mono and durin g it's transfer the audio track was left to wander round the sound channels, this could have been good but was just annoying!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When I was in college - more years ago than I'm interested in revealing - I saw this movie at a theater that specialized in "imported" material - particularly French and British (I saw "Black Orpheus" there, so not just French and British). I really liked the character Jack Hawkins played. To the point I made it a point to see anything he was in after that. Kind of a double-whammy in that respect, since Jack Hawkins was a brilliant actor, and most of the things he was in were of the highest caliber. Well... this movie is no exception. I enjoyed it the first time, and I've enjoyed again several times since I've owned the DVD. A well-written story, and a couple of twists thrown in just to keep you on your toes. Even knowing the whole story doesn't keep me from re-viewing it, since the acting makes it worth the effort.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local PC 28 May 2011
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I prefer to watch my old black and white films, the only thing that annoys me is that they were all made to short. I started to remember that I had seen this movie when I was a child, when it was coming to the end. I thought it was brilliant! Because I was quite young, I could remember the film, but I could never recall the title, but luckily for me there is a site which specialise in classic movies, and the great thing is that they are starting to restore and remaster them. The sound quality was a bit poor, but that didn't spoill my enjoyment of this film. The picture quality on my DVD was excellent. This film is worth watching as a Sunday afternoon matinee, or on a rainy cold day. I watched Laughter in Paradise and Stage Fright, quite often, and I've already watched this DVD several times over already. This DVD is a definate much watch movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent DVD, good price & delivered before promised date.
Published 27 days ago by john jones
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ealing classic
An Ealing classic: enough said.
Published 1 month ago by Quackers
3.0 out of 5 stars plays fine on separate DVD player and computer
The only problem I have with this DVD is it will not play on my combi TV, plays fine on separate DVD player and computer.
Published 1 month ago by Janet W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic british film
Jack Hawkins can come across as one dimensional but this quality suits well in this film of a 50's detective and the solving of a series of burglaries which could go undetected but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A great British Movie
Like all films from this period it gives a historical iamge of how Britain was in the 50's. Jack Hawkins was a main stay of British cinema and his performance is both typical and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter
2.0 out of 5 stars bad sound
The sound on the dvd is really bad in some places you cannot even hear what the actors are saying over the statiic.
This lets down the genre and era of great films.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Arm
I love Jack Hawkins films and this film is one of those that you can watch over and over again.
Published 9 months ago by lyallie33
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality.
Great film, one of my favouritesfrom the old days, well packed and in perfect condition,Would buy from this seller again.
Published 10 months ago by Superbiker27
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with sound
For those of you who are thinking of buying this film and are worried by the reviews denigrating the sound, I have just bought a copy and the sound is crystal clear. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bubble
5.0 out of 5 stars the long arm
a very good film and with the great jack hawkins would recommend to anyone who likes old earling films and old actors
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by kaz
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