Review

  • Warning: Spoilers
    Amazing - at under an hour this movie is a gritty noir but also encompasses the later kitchen sink cycle. It wasn't well received at the time but now looks a top drama. Bryan Forbes (later a champion director) plays Ted, a frequenter of dance halls, with loud ties and greasy hair, has fallen for singer Lucky Price who he thinks is headed for the "big time" - so does she but instead the night finds them running from a ruckus. In desperation he turns to his more dependable brother Johnny and the rest of the movie is played out amidst a run down garage.

    Usually used to seeing Patric Doonan as cowardly thugs and never in a part that propels the story. He is sensitive Johnny who not only has to look out for his wayward brother but manage the garage for his infirm and demanding father. He sees the women in Ted's life very much like their mother whose drunken behaviour made life hellish at home for the boys.

    Ted comes home with Lucky - he is desperate to get away, his dream is to open a pub, only his old man, bedridden but clinging to life and his gambling debts stand in his way!! Lucky initially impresses as drunk and rude but finds herself drawn to the belligerent Johnny who in turn finds that underneath she is just a lonely girl. All characters have depth - even Ted is damaged because of his mother, their tough and resilient exterior hides sensitivity. Even the unseen father with his weekly visits to the bank is unable to adjust to his bad health and post war conditions. Lucky and Johnny go to the movies and leave a shattered Ted doing night duty at the garage with his father's constant bangings pushing him to desperation!!

    Blonde bombshell Sandra Dorne was Britain's "B" movie answer to Marilyn Monroe, pouty and often sulky - you always remember her even though the movies were often quickies. Temple Abady who worked on As and Bs as well as the London Philharmonic was responsible for the pulsating score!!

    Very recommended.