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The Blue Lamp(Movie, 1950)

1h 24min | Genres: Crime, Drama
The Blue LampRating: 3.4/5 (with 1515 votes)
The Blue Lamp is a 1950 British police drama directed by Basil Dearden and starring Jack Warner as PC Dixon, Jimmy Hanley as newcomer PC Mitchell, and Dirk Bogarde as criminal Tom Riley. The title refers to the blue lamps that traditionally hung outside British police stations (and often still do). The film became the inspiration for the 1955–1976 TV series Dixon of Dock Green, where Jack Warner continued to play PC Dixon until he was 80 years old (even though Dixon's murder is the central plot of the original film). The screenplay was written by ex-policeman T.E.B. Clarke. The film is an early example of the "social realism" films that emerged later in the 1950s and 1960s, sometimes using a partial documentary-like approach. There are also cinematic influences of the film noir genre, particularly in underworld scenes featuring Bogarde's Tom Riley, such as the pool rooms and in and around the theatre, making deliberate u... ()
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About The Blue Lamp

P.C. George Dixon is a long-serving traditional copper who is due to retire shortly. He takes a new recruit under his aegis and introduces him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic ordinary hero but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of the 1950s.


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Additional Information

Production country: United Kingdom (UK)
Plays in: London
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 8 languages: German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT), Portuguese (PT), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 06/01/1950 (World premiere: 01/19/1950)
Director: Basil Dearden
Producer: Michael Balcon
Screenwriter: T. E. B. Clarke
Director of Photography: Gordon Dines
Composer: Ernest Irving
Color: Black & White (B/W)

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:11308, Added: 02/18/2018, Last updated: 02/21/2021