(samkydd @ Jan 20 2006, 08:54 PM)
I've just seen an old Ealing one, which is set in post war Bethnall Green in London "It Always Rains on Saturday". It paints a depressing picture of working class and low life in the barren streets of this bustling borough, and although not a crime thriller in the true meaning of the genre, it concerns an escaped convict from Dartmoor, played by John MaCallum, who returns to his old neighbourhood and seeks out his former lover, play by Googie Withers, who is now married with a family. Other characters are petty crooks two of which are played by Alfie Bass and Jimmy Hanley, Jack Warner is the local CID man, and two local entrepreneur brothers played by John Slater and Sydney Tafler. A very dark film which captures the period like no other, but a joy to watch if you or your parents came from that era, and lived in those two up and two down terraced houses in inner cities.
Other greats I've seen for the first time recently are "Robbery" from the late 1960s with an excellent cast including Stanley Baker and Barry Foster. Well recommended.
Good comedy 1950s crime capers I've seen last year was the boxed set of "Two Many Crooks" , "Make Mine Mink" plus "The Naked Truth" all starring Terry Thomas with some excellent famous supporting cast.