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The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel (1949)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police constable goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of violent thieves.


Godfrey Grayson


Vernon Harris (radio series), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... P.C. Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby
John Penrose ... Barney
Annette D. Simmonds Annette D. Simmonds ... Carrots (as Annette Simmonds)
Pat Nye Pat Nye ... Ma Benson
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Joan Carr
Michael Ripper ... Fingers
Martin Benson ... Skinny Ellis
Arthur Brander Arthur Brander ... Inspector Wilson
Eric Phillips Eric Phillips ... Sergeant Wright
Billy Thatcher Billy Thatcher ... Ted Burton


A police constable goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of violent thieves.

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The Case of the Guardian Angel See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Based on a popular BBC radio series. Eric Phillips is the only actor to re-create his radio role, however Brian Reece and Joy Shelton took over their roles for the sequel. See more »


Followed by A Case for PC 49 (1951) See more »

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Guardian Angel?
27 July 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Hugh Latimer is PC 49 who goes undercover to catch a gang of thieves operating in London and the Home Counties. Their MO is to find out information about lorry cargos and then just blatantly steal the lorry whilst the driver has a snack at a café. Just drive off with the lorry - zoom. It's a simple plan and bags the gang a tidy fortune. However, Hugh is on a mission and it means tracking down the boss.

Who is the boss? Who is Mr Big? If you can't guess immediately, you are pretty stupid. The film screams it at you so there isn't any mystery and this somewhat ruins the tension in the climactic scenes. It's just not a surprise.

The film is ok to pass the time but extremely stupid if you think about it. The plot that the police come up with is ridiculous. Part of Latimer's cover story is that he used to work for a gang with someone who actually works for the gang he is going to infiltrate. What happens when this crook - Martin Benson (Skinny) - comes face to face with Latimer and doesn't recognize him? They don't seem to have covered that base. WHAT??!!

The film may not be brilliant but it just may trigger an urge in you to learn the craft of origami.

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