Directed by: Basil Dearden
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 107 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 16 January 2012
Cat No: STW0027
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1950s drama in which a detective is reassigned to the position of Juvenile Liaison Officer for the city of Liverpool and sets about... Read More
When CID man Stanley Baker is reassigned as a Juvenile Liaison Officer (a job so novel in the 1950s it has to be explained to everyone he meets) he is not best pleased: kids aren’t his bag at all. But as he pounds the city’s waste grounds and teeming sink estates, trying to steer tykes and urchins away from trouble, he sees the value of the long-term effects of his role. In the process, he also falls for the older sister (Anne Heywood) of a couple of tiny truants.
Highly characteristic of its director at the time, this slice of social realism is distinguished by the square-jawed and ever-reliable Baker, extensive location shooting on the streets of a now barely recognisable Liverpool, and a gripping climax in which sociopathic teenager David McCallum gets hold of a Tommy gun and lays siege to a primary school. Look out also for 14-year-old Fred Fowell – now better known as Freddie Starr – bringing some authentic Scouse cheek to supporting role as one of McCallum’s adolescent henchmen.