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The Shakedown (1960)

After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police ... See full summary »

Director:

John Lemont

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Leigh Vance (story), John Lemont (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Morgan ... Augie Cortona
Hazel Court ... Mildred Eyde
Donald Pleasence ... Jessel
Bill Owen ... Spettigue
Robert Beatty ... Jarvis
Harry H. Corbett ... Gollar
Gene Anderson Gene Anderson ... Zena
Eddie Byrne ... George - Barman
John Salew John Salew ... Arnold
Georgina Cookson ... Miss Firbank
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Miss Ogilvie
Sheila Buxton Sheila Buxton ... Nadia
Dorinda Stevens ... Grace
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Sgt. Kershaw
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... 1st Thug
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After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police woman, but when she is recognised, the police need to move in on the operation, before Cortona can take his revenge. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Models were the bait for BLACKMAIL!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandoleiros do Asfalto See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Angela Douglas. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Piccadilly Third Stop (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Shakedown
(uncredited)
Written by Philip Green
Sung by Sheila Buxton
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A good example of the B thriller genre
15 December 2001 | by michaelhicklinSee all my reviews

This film should be studied by all who seek info on a type of film popular for a while in 50's and 60's Britain. Although obviously of limited budget, it fielded an unusually fine cast including several stalwarts and many actors and actresses - Hazel Court, Donald Pleasance, Harry H Corbett who went on to greater things and starred the extremely underrated Terence Morgan,three years before he became known as TV's "Sir Francis Drake". The film is also something of an historical document, bringing back a time when nightclubs were uncommon, close and intimate and hoping to cater for a select clientelle instead of loud and bleary as they are now. The plot has holes in it but the acting is of a high standard which more than redeems the film.


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