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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 April 2013
Based on a story by John Gilling & Guido Coen (and directed/produced by Gilling/Coen) I found this to be an enjoyable little film noir, with the requisite ingredients of a gloomy atmosphere and shadowy scenes, along with seedy city locations shot through more offbeat camera angles, while also blending elements of the B-movie genre with some occasionally melodramatic performances along with a low budget feel.

Directed at a decent pace, this is a diverting enough crime tale with a motley collection of seedy/shady characters set against a lively Jazz backdrop of nightclubs & Beatnik-populated cafes. The line-up is made up of an impressive collection of familiar character actors.

Following a violent raid in Hatton Garden, the innocent Janine Heining (Janine Gray) is stricken with amnesia, and finds both the law & criminal fraternity hot on her trail, with dizzying scenes of Ms Gray staggering through night-time city streets with a swirling melange of lights and music enveloping her. Dyson Lovell stars as Johnny, the trumpeter boyfriend out to make some easy money (here we go again - the name "Johnny".. now with this being a vintage crime movie, he must be a felon - right?) Marne Maitland & Stanley Meadows do what they do best in familiar roles, while John Horsley & Duncan Lamont represent the right side of the law.

With it's grainy appearance, the movie actually looks older than it's years (1963) and while having a running time of 77 minutes, the movie doesn't outstay it's welcome - a decent enough crime drama. While the picture quality certainly isn't much to write home about, the sound quality is generally OK/acceptable. There are no subtitles. The only extra is a collection of Best of British trailers.
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Good picture quality and sound. More hard hitting and atmospheric than films of the time. Plenty of location filming. Many actors to spot the faces of and good central roles for the stars of the film. Pricewise a good deal. Interesting booklet included.
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