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White Fire (1953)

3 Steps to the Gallows (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 January 1954 (USA)
American Gregor Stevens arrives in London searching for his brother who, unknown to him, has been convicted of a murder and is within three days of being executed. He meets Yvonne Durante, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

Paul Erickson (screenplay), John Gilling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Brady ... Gregor
Mary Castle ... Yvonne
John Blythe ... Dave
Gabrielle Brune Gabrielle Brune ... Lorna
Colin Tapley ... Winslow
Lloyd Lamble ... James Smith
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... John Durante
Ferdy Mayne ... Sartago
Ballard Berkeley ... Insp. Haley
Ronan O'Casey ... Crawson
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Charley (as John Schofield)
Paul Erickson Paul Erickson ... Larry
Bill Lowe Bill Lowe ... Percy
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Hotel Porter
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... 2nd Officer
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American Gregor Stevens arrives in London searching for his brother who, unknown to him, has been convicted of a murder and is within three days of being executed. He meets Yvonne Durante, a night-club entertainer and part-time smuggler, who aids him in his quest to prove the innocence of his brother, despite the risks she faces from her diamond-smuggling confederates. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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for a fortune in diamonds...he faced a thousand moments of deadly danger! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tempean Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Dave Leary: You will wish the kid the best of luck from me, won't you?
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Soundtracks

No Way Out
Music by Stanley Black
Lyrics by Barbara Killalee
Sung by Mary Castle (uncredited)
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Superior British B movie
4 June 2016 | by tony-70-667920See all my reviews

I saw this under the title of "3 Steps to the Gallows". A better title would have been "3 Days to the Gallows," since when American seaman Scott Brady arrives in London and goes in search of his brother he finds the latter is due to be executed in three days' time for murder: he's innocent, of course. The film's scriptwriter plays the brother, and he's definitely a better writer than actor, seeming remarkably calm for someone facing imminent death for something he didn't do. John Gilling made several low-budget crime films in the 50s, and seeing this one made me want to see the others.The plot has some good twists, and there's a lot of interesting location filming. It was common practice to import minor American stars for such films, and Brady made a spirited hero, while Mary Castle, who I'd never seen before, bears a considerable resemblance to Rita Hayworth. She even sings in a nightclub, a la Gilda. The weaknesses are the way Brady wins all his fist fights (even against a professional boxer!) and the climax, in which the police turn up like the 7th Cavalry even though they had no way of knowing where the protagonists were. Very odd.


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