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GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD - Jack Hawkins (1958)

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088P006I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,667 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most- trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. Commander George Gideon of London's Scotland Yard is a fictional policeman created by John Creasey under the pseudonym J.J. Marric. He appeared in the first of 26 police procedural novels by Creasey, Gideon's Day, in 1955.

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An interesting and very "busy" film. It has a slight feel of "The Long Arm", which also starred Jack Hawkins in a similar role. However, this particular offering compresses everything into one day. It is a very busy day! I like Jack Hawkins in this role; he was a brialliant actor and it certainly shows. The film is fast-paced, which gives the impression that it covers a longer period of time than it does and this, at times, can be a little confusing. However, it still works and it is still very much worth viewing.

The outcome is well worth the wait. It has a good balance of humour and reality. The settings are very good and the film, itself, has a very realistic feel about it.

The picture and sound quality are good. It is a colour print.
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I will watch most anything with Jack Hawkins in the cast and it is only he who holds this film together. I agree with one of the reveiwers that the acting is horribly wooden. In fact, I doubt I have ever seen such wooden and unconvincing acting as that by Griselda Hervey, she was awful in every way possible and made a poor film even worse. I just cannot understand why the director allowed her inept performance to ever even reach the screen.
However, it was a reasonable plot but was unfortunately spoilt by some unbelievable characters and some ham acting.
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Picture quality dreadfull awfull wish i never bought it italian product terrible didnt tell you that on the reveiw waste of nearly £40
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Every time this film comes on tv I watch it,saying that if jack Hawkins is in it I will watch it "a great british Actor" and there's nothing else like a classic british film
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Given some of the names involved in the making of this hair-raising travesty of a film, one may be forgiven for suspecting that it's an elaborate joke perpetrated by the producer, writer, director and actors on the cinema-going public. Be that as it may, the acting all round is more wooden than a whole room-full of marionettes: Jack Lord's acting in Hawaii Five-O is up there with Alec Guinness, compared with the hamminess we get here from Jack Hawkins and Cyril Cusack; that of Grizelda Harvey is completely off the scale (perhaps she thought she was taking part in a panto). Wheeling out John Le Mesurier for a few lines was a cliche during those years; I suppose he had a bet with someone that he could get a bit part in every single film made in Britain bar none. Miles Malleson does his usual shtick. The only ray of sunshine is Anna Massey, who steals every scene in which she is involved.
I recorded this thing (I hesitate to call it a film) the other day, and will probably keep it simply in order to prove to myself down the line that I didn't hallucinate the gob-smacking awfulness of this entity.
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