Code of Scotland Yard is a 1947 British crime film directed by George King and starring Oskar Homolka, Muriel Pavlow and Derek Farr. It was originally released as The Shop at Sly Corner, being based on the popular stage play of that title by Edward Percy.
|Code of Scotland Yard|
|Directed by||George King|
|Screenplay by||Reginald Long|
|Based on||The Shop at Sly Corner by Edward Percy|
|Produced by||George King|
|Edited by||Manuel del Campo|
|Music by||George Melachrino|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films (UK)|
|10 March 1947|
|Box office||£140,694 (UK)|
A French antique dealer (Homolka) lives a comfortable life in London. He cares only for his daughter (Pavlow), who is trying to become a professional concert violinist. When his shop assistant (Griffith) discovers that much of his money comes from fencing stolen goods he attempts to blackmail the Frenchman.
- Oskar Homolka as Descius Heiss
- Derek Farr as Robert Graham
- Muriel Pavlow as Margaret Heiss
- Manning Whiley as Corder Morris
- Kathleen Harrison as Mrs Catt
- Garry Marsh as Major Elliot
- Kenneth Griffith as Archie Fellowes
- Jan Van Loewen as Professor Vanetti
- Irene Handl as Ruby Towser
- Johnnie Schofield as Inspector Robson
- Diana Dors as Mildred
- Katie Johnson as Woman in Shop
- Vi Kaley as Flower Seller
- David Keir as Gentleman Customer
- James Knight as Publican
- Eliot Makeham as Theatre Usher
BBC TV versionEdit
The play was adapted for BBC TV in 1946.
Film rights were bought by British Lion in May 1945. It would be one of the first three movies made by Alex Korda under his new deal with British Lion, the others being A Man about the House and Nightbeat.
Oscar Homolka was imported from the US to star.
George King was to make A Lady was to Die but delayed that to make this movie. Filming started at 6 August 1946. It was shot at Isleworth Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director Bernard Robinson.
It was the film debut of Diana Dors. According to film reviewer Stephen Vagg, "The part was an ideal way to start out – the girlfriend of a slimy blackmailer – and Diana had 'it' from the start: looks, warmth, appeal."
Muriel Pavlov and Derek Farr, who played lovers in the movie, were married shortly after filming.
Variety reported that the "film gathers pace and is truly cinematic in the second half, but the first part is deadly slow and too explanatory without explaining much. More, too, should have been made of the romance between the two young lovers." TV Guide described it as an "interesting melodrama rich with character, thanks to the excellent performance by Homolka and a uniformly fine British cast."
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p483
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- Review of film at Variety
- "Code Of Scotland Yard Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 22 February 2014.