Ealing Studios’ output from the 1940s and the 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. It fostered great directors such as Alexander MacKendrick and Robert Hamer, while giving stars such as Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers the chance to shine.
HUE AND CRY has since become known as the first of the Ealing comedies proper, and was also the first to make brilliant use of post-war London’s exterior locations. The story follows a boy who becomes convinced that a major heist is being planned and executed through the pages of boys’ weekly serial The Trump. Having been laughed out of the police station, he and the rest of his friends set about entrapping the culprits and exposing the plot.
• Introduction by Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
• Location Featurette