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The Frightened City (1961)

A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.

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John Lemont

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Leigh Vance (original story), John Lemont (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Lom ... Waldo Zhernikov
John Gregson ... Det. Inspector Sayers
Sean Connery ... Paddy Damion
Alfred Marks ... Harry Foulcher
Yvonne Romain ... Anya
Olive McFarland Olive McFarland ... Sadie
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Ogle
John Stone John Stone ... Hood
David Davies David Davies ... Alf Peters
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Tanky Thomas
Robert Cawdron ... Nero
George Pastell ... Sanchetti
Patrick Holt ... Supt. Carter
Sheena Marshe Sheena Marshe ... Avril (as Sheena Marsh)
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Frankie Farmer
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Storyline

A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.

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A city terrorised by its own evil! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Peitsche See more »

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Zodiac Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of the first movies where Sir Sean Connery wore a hairpiece. See more »

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In the opening title sequence, when actors and crew are listed, many of the names are displayed one by one on successive beats of The Shadows' famous title music. See more »

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Featured in Sean Connery: A BAFTA Tribute (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Marvelous Lie
Lyrics by Bunny Lewis
Music by Norrie Paramor
Sung by Helen Shapiro (uncredited)
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British crime epic with a more involved plot than usual
5 September 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE FRIGHTENED CITY is one of the films that Sean Connery made in the year before he found fame and success as James Bond in 1962's DR. NO. This one's a crime epic with a much more complex plot than is usual for the British B-picture genre: it involves rival gangsters setting up extensive criminal operations and subsequently falling out and gunning for each other over turf and business.

Connery is the young tough brought in to restore order and he brings plenty of warmth and charisma to what is otherwise a pretty tough role. The supporting cast is very good and well worth tuning in for. Herbert Lom isn't in it too much unfortunately but Alfred Marks, who I've only previously seen in comic fare like DESERT MICE, is fine as a really hateful character. John Gregson slips into the well-worn shoes of the detective with ease. Yvonne Romain (THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF) is an arresting femme fatale. Patrick Holt plays another cop and George Pastell a put-upon Italian who is the subject of one or two racist gags. Kenneth Griffith bags the most sympathetic part as the crippled friend. Marianne Stone, Bruce Seton, and even Stephen Lewis (Blakey from ON THE BUSES!) appear in bit parts. There isn't a wealth of action in THE FRIGHTENED CITY, but the plot feels fresh, involved, and fast-moving, and the ending is particularly strong.


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