September 1, 2014

Films

The Flying Scot – 1957 | 70 mins | Crime, Thriller | B&W

Plot Synopsis

The Flying Scot

Low-budget train heist thriller featuring taut suspense and crisp dialogue, making this a prime example of British B-movies at their best. Scripted by Norman Hudis, who wrote six of the early Carry On films, and based on a story by Ralph Smart, the finely constructed plot borrows from Riffifi with a 15-minute opening sequence acted out in complete silence. Despite the lacklustre direction of Compton Bennett, the suspense gradually builds up to a climax which leaves one hoping that just this once, crime will be allowed to pay.†Thereís a conspicuous absence of big name stars, as with most British B-movies of the period, a clutch of transatlantic stars were imported to raise the profile including Canadians Lee Patterson and Kay Callard, and American Alan Gifford.

A quartet of thieves; Ronnie (Lee Patterson), Jackie (Kay Callard), Phil (Alan Gifford), and Gibbs (Mark Baker) set out a daring half-a-million-pound banknote robbery onboard The Flying Scotsman express train. They hatch an elaborate scheme that will work seamlessly and quietly if their planning is to be believed is foolproof. On the day of the heist things donít go according to plan as rookie Ronnie becomes jumpy, Phil is struck down with a perforated ulcer and an inquisitive child takes an unrelenting interest in the crooks. They also encounter unexpected and overlooked obstacles when attempting to break into the mail carriage, but after a great deal of effort they eventually get through to the money and begin dreaming of an exotic retirement in South America.

Production Team

Compton Bennett: Director
Jack Stevens: Art Direction
Peter Hennessy: Cinematography
John Trumper: Film Editing
Eileen Warwick: Makeup Department
Compton Bennett: Producer
Ralph Smart: Script
Norman Hudis: Script
Len Page: Sound Department
George Rice: Sound Department

Cast

Lee Patterson: Ronnie
Kay Callard: Jackie
Alan Gifford: Phil
Gerald Case: Guard
Jeremy Bodkin: Charlie
Mark Baker: Gibbs



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