The story of Pool of London spans just 48 hours when a cargo ship is in the London docks. The plot goes off at various tangents before finally converging on the basic dramatic theme of a manhunt following a holdup, murder and jewel robbery.

The story of Pool of London spans just 48 hours when a cargo ship is in the London docks. The plot goes off at various tangents before finally converging on the basic dramatic theme of a manhunt following a holdup, murder and jewel robbery.

The central character, played by Bonar Colleano, is an over-confident, over-exuberant seaman who makes a bit of side money by small-time smuggling. He is tempted into the big coin by a gang of jewel thieves. Before he gets back to his boat, he finds that he has become implicated in a murder hunt and that he has landed his best friend, a colored boy, with the incriminating evidence.

While the main story is being developed, the film traces the warm attachment of the Negro seaman for a white girl. Although this is tastefully done, it has no bearing on the plot.

Colleano’s role is a natural for him. He lives the part of the swaggering sailor, sure of himself until the moment of crisis. Earl Cameron gives a restrained and dignified performance as his friend.

Pool of London

UK

Production

Ealing. Director Basil Dearden; Producer Michael Relph; Screenplay Jack Whittingham, John Eldridge; Camera Gordon Dines; Editor Peter Tanner; Music John Addison; Art Director Jim Morahan

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Bonar Colleano Susan Shaw Renee Asherson Earl Cameron Moira Lister Max Adrian
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