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Saloon Bar (1940)

Against a background of Christmas and the pending arrival of another baby for the landlord, a group of pub locals lead by bookie Joe Harris set out to prove that former customer Eddie ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Frank Harvey (play) (as Frank Harvey Jr.), Angus MacPhail (screen play) (as Angus Macphail) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Harker ... Joe Harris
Elizabeth Allan ... Queenie King
Mervyn Johns ... Charlie Wickers
Joyce Barbour Joyce Barbour ... Mrs. Sally Watson
Anna Konstam Anna Konstam ... Ivy
Cyril Raymond ... Harry Small
Judy Campbell ... Doris
Al Millen Al Millen ... Fred
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Bill Hoskins
Alec Clunes ... Eddie Graves
Mavis Villiers ... Joan
Felix Aylmer ... Mayor
O.B. Clarence ... Sir Archibald (as O. B. Clarence)
Aubrey Dexter ... Major
Laurence Kitchin Laurence Kitchin ... Peter
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Storyline

Against a background of Christmas and the pending arrival of another baby for the landlord, a group of pub locals lead by bookie Joe Harris set out to prove that former customer Eddie Graves is not guilty of the murder for which he is due to be hanged in the morning. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1940 (UK) See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place on the evening of [Wednesday] 21st December 1938; Eddie Graves is to be hanged next morning. See more »

Quotes

Wickers: All you've got to do is find out how he did it and why he did it and prove he did it and convince the police that you've proved he did it and get the police to convince the Home Secretary that... Same again please Ivy.
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Connections

References The Sign of the Cross (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingin' at Maida Vale
(uncredited)
Written by Benny Carter and Mann Curtis
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Tight little thriller
19 August 2007 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

This is probably the greatest film, set entirely inside a pub, ever made (admittedly a small field). The interest is not on the whodunit plot, and certainly not on the plausibility of the premise that the regulars in a pub could solve a mystery in a single night before closing time. But the combination of a group of vintage character actors doing their stuff, in a setting dripping with nostalgic possibilities, is irresistible. Mervyn Johns at his most lugubrious, spending virtually the entire picture on a barstool; Gordon Harker as a bumptious bookie; Roddy Hughes as a vague, cheery doctor; a wonderfully characterised set of bar staff; a hilarious group of cheeky carol singers (including the young Roddy McDowall). The film gives a tremendous sense of the small communities in the middle of London in the immediate post-war, and the transient populations of rich and poor alike who might wander through. The historians and sociologists can detect the wartime social solidarity about to break down; those who lived through the times can enjoy the nostalgia. Warm, funny and brilliantly realised.


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