Dancing with Crime

Dancing with Crime is a 1947 British film noir film directed by John Paddy Carstairs, starring Richard Attenborough, Barry K. Barnes and Sheila Sim.[1] It was shot at Southall Studios with sets designed by the art director Andrew Mazzei.[2]

Dancing with Crime
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Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byJames Carter
Written byBrock Williams
Based onstory by Peter Fraser
StarringRichard Attenborough
Barry K. Barnes
Sheila Sim
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyReginald Wyer
Edited byEily Boland
Coronet Films
Distributed byParamount British Pictures
Release date
25 June 1947
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Boyhood friends and comrades in the Army, Ted Peters (Richard Attenborough) and Dave Robinson (Bill Owen) are back in civvies. Ted becomes a taxi driver and hopes to marry Joy Goodall (Sheila Sim), a pretty chorus girl. Dave, seeking easy money, joins a gang which has its headquarters in a suburban palais-de-danse. The gang is headed by a man called Gregory (Barry Jones), and includes Paul Baker (Barry K. Barnes), and petty crooks Sniffy and Pogson. Ted refuses to join them.[3]



Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sims were married in real life - this was their first movie together. It was shot at Cromwell Studios, Southall. Attenborough was borrowed from the Boulting Brothers. Fiming was difficult due to the freezing cold weather.[4] The film features an early appearance by Diana Dors.[5]


Variety called it "fashioned on formula grounds."[6]


  1. ^ "Dancing with Crime (1947) - John Paddy Carstairs - Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "Dancing with Crime (1947)". BFI.
  3. ^ Daily Mail Film Award Annual 1948
  4. ^ "Hollywood REPORTS". The Cessnock Eagle and South Maitland Recorder. 37 (2623). New South Wales, Australia. 27 February 1948. p. 8. Retrieved 22 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.
  6. ^ Review of film at Variety

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