George Cole in 'The Weapon' (1956) Apr 13, 2016 9:26:02 GMT
Post by jno on Apr 13, 2016 9:26:02 GMT
I just watched this one, currently doing the rounds on Talking Pictures TV. As the title suggest a group of young boys find a weapon while playing on some wasteland and one of them ends up getting shot. The boy who fired the weapon (Erik Jenner played John Whiteley - pictured) goes on the run in London, but a ballistics report shows the weapon has a history - involved in the killing of an American years earlier.
US Army officer Mark Andrews (Steve Cochran) is called in to investigate, working alongside the British police to find the boy and the gun. As a result, Andrews and the authorities are not the only ones out there looking for the boy.
This a great little film I think and I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has a real British/American vibe going on in post-war Britain.
George Cole has quite a significant role in this and he is also very versatile compared to his other films of this period. He plays a good-for-nothing schemer called Joshua Henry and is involved in a bit of fisticuffs and even carries a shooter. Excellent stuff I thought and I would go as far as to say this is one of his best early films for me. It is often easy to think of GC playing similar sorts of roles in these early films but this one is a notable exception, he is quite diverse in this and although it is far from action-packed, it does have a few bits of action in which he is very much involved.
It is a pretty good story with some top acting I thought, plus with the addition of two very pretty ladies in the form of Lizabeth Scott and Nicole Maurey, plus location filming around Blackfriars Bridge in 1956 London, this is both an interesting and entertaining watch with GC on top form, driving about in a an open top sports car!
This film was directed by Val Guest. I must confess I didn't clock so many of the faces in this one, but there is an appearance early on from John Horsley, who amongst other things was in 'Budgie', 'The Chinese Detective' and two episodes of 'The Professionals'.
8/10 - great start, slow middle but pretty good finale. Liked it!
IMDb link: www.imdb.com/title/tt0051184/