This is one of my favourites and a good place to start....."The Family Way".....Check link below...
The Family Way (1966) - IMDb
Good afternoon all,
I love British films from the later 1950s through the '60s. Crisp B&W or colour, I am not fussy, but I do like crime/thriller types specifically but most genres are fine if they are set in the then "current day", but most of all I like to see good UK location work of the period.
I adore the Edgar Wallace Bs and much else of that era, but I am wondering if I am missing anything and thought fellow members might be able to point me in the direction of some lesser known gems that fulfill my basic criteria. (For example, someone recently pointed me in the direction of Jack Warner in Jigsaw (1962) which I knew nothing of & thoroughly enjoyed).
PS don't stop at film if you can think of good British TV series too, all to the good. The obvious ones eg ITC etc I've got.
At the risk of becoming a bore, can I recommend, as I have elsewhere, this DVD:
The main film is a hard-hitting portrait of Teddy Boy era West London, and the bonus film The Traitors sounds right up your street - an excellent thriller full of tense excitement, raincoats and buses. The films date from 1961 and 1962 and it's the best value I've had from a DVD for ages.
You can't go wrong with "The Long Arm" starring Jack Hawkins and "The Long Memory" with John Mills. Not forgetting "The League of gentlemen" and "Hell Drivers".
'Hell is a city' sounds like your cuppa tea, it is mine, shot on location in the City of Manchester and the surrounding Moors, an excellent crime drama.
One of my favourite crime films from that era is Payroll from 1961 which starred Michael Craig, Francoise Prevost, William Lucas, Billie Whitelaw & Tom Bell. It's available on DVD and I can thoroughly recommend the film.
Great replies to date - thanks to you all (some good titles to look into!).
Best wishes and thanks
I must add "The Frightened City" with Herbert Lom and Sean Connery.
Paul beat me to it with" The Frightened City" butI would like to add one of my favourites "The Small World of Sammy Lee" with Anthony Newley. You might also want to consider" The Wrong Arm of The Law" which is hilarious, and as for TV series "No Hiding Place" and the much later superb "Out" with Tom Bell.
Not crime films but for contemporary punch, fine acting and gritty drama - check out the "kitchen sink" cycle: Saturday Night Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey, Billy Liar, A Kind of Loving...