Pool of London (film)
|Pool of London|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
Michael Relph (associate producer)
|Screenplay by||Jack Whittingham|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Edited by||Peter Tanner|
|Distributed by||GFD (UK)|
The character driven story centres around the crew of the merchant ship Dunbar, which docks in the Pool of London. The crew members are given shore leave, with some practising petty smuggling and other various dodges. Set in post-war London, the film is of note for portraying the first interracial relationship in a British film.
Black crew member Johnny, an all-round nice guy, meets a pretty blonde who offers to show him the sights of London. In a visually-rich montage, they visit the National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Observatory. Also shown briefly are views from the dome of St Paul's Cathedral and some of the bombed areas around the cathedral before the rebuilding of Paternoster Square.
Another seaman, Dan, inadvertently becomes involved with a jewel robbery in which a night watchman is murdered.
- Bonar Colleano as Dan MacDonald
- Earl Cameron as Johnny Lambert
- Susan Shaw as Pat
- Renée Asherson as Sally
- Moira Lister as Maisie
- Max Adrian as Charlie Vernon
- Joan Dowling as Pamela
- James Robertson Justice as Engine Room Officer Trotter
- Michael Golden as Customs Officer Andrews
- John Longden as Detective Inspector Williams
- Alfie Bass as Alf
- Christopher Hewett as Mike
- Leslie Phillips as Harry
- Ian Bannen as Garage attendant
- George Benson as George
- Beckett Bould as The Watchman
- Sam Kydd as 2nd Engineer
- Victor Maddern as First Tram Conductor
- Laurence Naismith as Commissionaire
- Campbell Singer as Station Sergeant
“Pool of London” premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on the 22 February 1951.
In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "there is excitement and suspense in the gritty and grimy melodramatics," and concluded that the film, "though not distinguished, is entertaining and has the flavor of a great shipping port."
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- Pool of London at the British Film Institute
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- Pool of London at IMDb