Pool of London

1950

Basil Dearden
Director
Ealing Studios
Studio

Interesting drama centering on lives of sailors on leave in London. One small-time smuggler (Colleano) inadvertently gets involved in a diamond robbery, while another (Cameron) finds bigotry in the expected places, but friendship in unexpected ones.

A combination crime film and slice-of-life drama might seem unwieldy, but Dearden makes it work, and work well. The diamond caper is well done, while the budding but untenable romance between Shaw and Cameron (his first film) is wonderfully understated. This film is basically a dress rehearsal for Dearden's later Sapphire (1959, also starring Cameron) and his masterful caper film The League of Gentlemen (1960).

Gordon Dines' noirish photography well captures the shell of a great city slowly gathering steam to become a great metropolis once again. Of course the actual Pool itself is long dead as a commercial center, and this is a portrait of a once vibrant shipping center now given over to overpriced condos and restaurants. Not quite a masterpiece, but a well-made film with a thoughful, downbeat ending.

-Dave W.



20th February 1951
Cinema



85 mins
1.37:1



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Bonar Colleano
Dan MacDonald
Susan Shaw
Pat
Renée Asherson
Sally
Earl Cameron
Johnny Lambert
Moira Lister
Maisie
Max Adrian
Vince Vernon / George Vernon
Joan Dowling
Pamela, Maisie's sister
James Robertson Justice
Chief Engineer Trotter
Michael Golden
Customs Officer Andrews
John Longden
Chief Inspector Williamson
Alfie Bass
Alf
Christopher Hewett
Mike
Leslie Phillips
Harry
Unknown
Shipping Officer Supervisor
(uncredited)
Rowena Gregory
Mary (uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Engineer
(uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Engineer
(uncredited)
George Merritt
Dunbar Captain
(uncredited)
David Davies
Dunbar Chief Officer
(uncredited)
Arthur Mullard
Dunbar Seaman
(uncredited)
George Benson
George (uncredited)
Robert James
Customs Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown
Customs Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown
Blonde on Tram
(uncredited)
Victor Maddern
First Tram Conductor
(uncredited)
Mai Bacon
Ethel the Barmaid
(uncredited)
George Spence
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Laurence Naismith
Theatre Commissionaire
(uncredited)
Unknown
Second Tram Conductor
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man in Queue for Tram
(uncredited)
Unknown
Counter Girl
(uncredited)
Arthur Cortez
Jock (uncredited)
Russell Waters
Thames Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Fred Griffiths
Sailor on Barge
(uncredited)
Unknown
Girl Selling Flags
(uncredited)
Unknown
Gas Station Attendant Talking to Pat
(uncredited)
Caven Watson
Alf, Actor in Dressing Room
(uncredited)
Cameron Hall
Charlie, Pub Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Seaman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Salvation Army Soldier
(uncredited)
Unknown
Milkman (uncredited)
Beckett Bould
Watchman (uncredited)
Unknown
Police Constable at Callbox
(uncredited)
Campbell Singer
Station Sergeant (uncredited)
John Arnatt
P.C. in Car (uncredited)
Unknown
Police Driver (uncredited)
Unknown
Watchman's Cat
(uncredited)
John Warwick
Inspector Jim Moss
(uncredited)
Eric Thompson
Garage Pump Attendant
(uncredited)
Ivan Staff
Edward, Truth Above Party Speaker
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective (uncredited)
Unknown
Detective (uncredited)
Michael Ward
Pianist (uncredited)
Unknown
Detective (uncredited)
Arthur Bentley
Pamela's Boyfriend
(uncredited)
Unknown
P.C. That Pamela Runs Into
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective at Police Station
(uncredited)
Unknown
Giggling Dunbar Sailor
(uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Engineer (uncredited)
Ellis Irving
Senior Thames Police Officer
(uncredited)
Jack May
Dunbar Sailor (uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Sailor (uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Sailor (uncredited)
Unknown
Dunbar Sailor (uncredited)
John Boxer
Detective in Pub
(uncredited)
Unknown
P. C. in Pub
(uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Customer
(uncredited)
Josephine Sullivan
Barmaid (uncredited)
Michael Corcoran
Sam (uncredited)
Unknown
Publican (uncredited)
Unknown
Police Dispatcher
(uncredited)
Unknown
Police Driver in Chase
(uncredited)
Unknown
Policeman in Chase
Mavis Villiers
Drinking Club Blonde
(uncredited)
Unknown
Drinking Club Barman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Drinking Club Customer
(uncredited)
Dave Goldberg
Drinking Club Guitarist
(uncredited)
Unknown
Lorry Driver (uncredited)
Sam Kydd
Dunbar Engineer
(voice dubbing) (uncredited)
James Liggat
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Sharon Raye
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Czech
Dunbar (uncredited)
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

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