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My Brother's Keeper (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 August 1949 (USA)
War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Roome

Writers:

Maurice Wiltshire (by), Frank Harvey (screenplay) (as Frank Harvey Jnr.)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... George Martin
Jane Hylton ... Nora Lawrence
George Cole ... Willie Stannard
Bill Owen ... Syd Evans
David Tomlinson ... Ronnie Waring
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Meg Waring
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Wainwright
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Martin
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Gully
Brenda Bruce ... Winnie Foreman
Susan Shaw ... Beryl
John Boxer John Boxer ... Bert Foreman
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Landlord
Garry Marsh ... Brewster
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Harding (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
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Storyline

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the police, and the press in hot pursuit, George has to find a way of breaking loose from Willie, and to make his escape. Written by Mike Wilson. <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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escape | prison | train | police hunt | See All (4) »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Gewissen See more »

Filming Locations:

Thame, Oxfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Martin quotes lines from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" ("...a sea-change into something rich and strange...") when talking about Nora Lawrence's husband. See more »

Goofs

When George Martin steals the battledress, he manages to put it on whilst still handcuffed to Willie Stannard. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "All men are born brothers, and anything that hurts my brother hurts me. If my brother commits a crime, I am a criminal; if he sings, there is music in my heart. Before you have dealings with any man, ask yourself: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' The Answer is 'Yes'" (Henry Hassett Browne) See more »

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Reasonably enjoyable but there are better films of its type.
13 May 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a low budgeted British film about two handcuffed prisoners who escape and are tracked throughout the film. One of the guys is a smart and amoral older crook. The other is a complete idiot who should have just stayed put instead of hopping off the police truck transporting them. Thrown into the mix is a guy on his honeymoon (David Tomlinson), as his editor insists he stop his canoodling and get the story!

The film is an interesting portrait of the older prisoner. The younger guy is just too stupid to make him worth watching. But if you think about it, the plot is so much like the better American film "The Defiant Ones"--so why not just watch that instead? Especially since this British film is amazingly flat and dull at times considering the subject matter.


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