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Tiger in the Smoke (1956)

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden ... See full summary »


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Margery Allingham (novel), Anthony Pelissier (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sinden ... Geoffrey Leavitt
Muriel Pavlow ... Meg Elgin
Tony Wright ... Jack Havoc (aka Johnny Cash)
Bernard Miles ... Tiddy Doll the Gang Leader
Alec Clunes Alec Clunes ... Asst. Commissioner Oates
Laurence Naismith ... Canon Avril
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Chief Inspector Luke
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Will
Thomas Heathcote ... Rolly Gripper
Sam Kydd ... Tom Gripper
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Crutches
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Duds Morrison
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Detective Sergeant Pickett
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Uncle
Stratford Johns ... Police Constable


In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it Written by nickjg

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

18 March 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Brott i dimma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The central character in the book, Albert Campion, is omitted by the adaptors. See more »

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Mysteries in the fogs of London with buskers adding to the confusion
4 June 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a very tricky intrigue which no one can make head or tail of to begin with, as no one can understand why anyone would try to mask as a war casualty long after the war is over, leading to constantly denser fog of a mysterious intrigue involving buskers, who actually lead the perplexing events - they are the chief charm of the film, although there are many such, amazing characters above all, Laurence Naismith as the canon, Bernard Miles as the gang leader, Kenneth Griffith as Crutches, and some fabulous old ladies, Beatrice Varley as the unfathomable Lucy Cash for one. Donald Sinden is the leading male, but although a good reliable actor, he always plays himself and was never very versatile. Muriel Pavlow is better. But the intrigue is the main thing.

The lurid photography adds a special flavour to the film, - as the kidnapped victim is dragged away his despair is reflected in the photography of all the neon signs that are passed, the camera's way of following the murderer gives him some mythic magic until he finally appears, and so on. This film is full of tricks, the action is very dense and concentrated and horribly exciting until the mystery is cleared, - and then follows a cliffhanger.

Much underrated, this is a film that deserves some attention.

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