The Blue Lamp (1949)

Release Date: 21 August 2006 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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An immensely popular British crime film, Basil Dearden's The Blue Lamp was scripted by ex-policeman T.E.B.Clarke, the writer who arguably did most to define Ealing Studio's post-war identity.
The film concentrates on interrelated episodes in the lives of several London policemen. Jack Warner heads the cast as George Dixon, a veteran 'bobby' who is murdered by small-time delinquents Dirk Bogarde and Patrick Doonan. Rookie cop Jimmy Hanley, who'd looked upon Warner as a father figure, embarks on a perilous search to bring Dixon's killers to justice.
Shot in a pioneering semi-documentary style that focuses on ordinary heroes, the film offers an insightful examination of a new breed of young criminal, hardened by the war years, whose recklessness and violence contrasts with the discipline of the older criminal fraternity. Jack Warner's George Dixon made a remarkable recovery from his untimely death, becoming known to millions of TV viewers as Dixon.
Release Date: 21 August 2006
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance

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Main Language: English

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Customer Reviews

Ealing Studios at their best.

This is when less is more. Just a down to earth story of policing in London after the war with ordinary men doing a job as best they can. Incredibly poignant and sad in places. Filmed on location, it shows London at work, rest and play while we enjoy the dramatic events unfolding. A lot of people have called this their favourite film.

Catalogue No: OPTD0578