GB 1956 1hr 17mins Dirs: Val Guest and Hal E Chester Starring: Lizabeth Scott and George Cole
A 10-year-old boy goes on the run after accidentally shooting his friend with a gun he found on a bomb site
This fine thriller has quite a sensitive underlying theme that had originally been explored in the acclaimed 1951 thriller The Yellow Balloon (qv). The opening credits roll to aerial shots of London that include many city sights such as the Faraday Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Goldsmiths’ Hall. These shots do not appear to feature on every version of the film, however, which is unfortunate as we are also treated to aerial shots of Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Blackfriars stations. Later on, there are more conventional ground level views from Blackfriars Road with the buildings of Blackfriars Goods station forming the backdrop. Although trains only feature as part of the landscape, the shots of a still largely undeveloped bomb-ravaged London hold much else of interest. There is also one shot of the frontage to a London Undergeround station at night that forms part of back-projection sequence as George Cole and Lizabeth Scott are driving through the centre of London, but the station can not be identified.