Review: ‘Hue and Cry’

Principal actor is ex-news vendor Harry Fowler, who has played various cockney parts on the screen, but who fails to make the main character credible. And everything depends on believing in him.

Principal actor is ex-news vendor Harry Fowler, who has played various cockney parts on the screen, but who fails to make the main character credible. And everything depends on believing in him.

Story revolves around a gang of crooks who use a serial story in The Trump, a kids’ weekly, as a means of communication. Joe Kirby, an imaginative youngster, spots this, and in spite of discouragement from his boss and an alleged detective, he perseveres, interests his pals, and brings off a great coup when boys of all ages flock to the bomb-ravaged wastes of dockland for a roundup of the criminals.

Director Charles Crichton has been conscientious, but queer camera angles and shadows can add little thrill when the original material lacks it.

Hue and Cry

UK

Production

Ealing. Dir Charles Crichton; Producer Michael Balcon; Screenplay T.E.B. Clarke; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor Charles Hasse; Music Georges Auric Art Dir Norman Arnold

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Alastair Sim Valerie White Jack Warner Harry Fowler
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