The Blue Lamp

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Another 1950 Ealing classic starring a very young Dirk Bogarde as a cold gangster in a beautifully newly restored print.


An immensely popular British crime film, Basil Dearden’s ‘The Blue Lamp’ was scripted by ex-policeman T.E.B Clark, the writer who arguably did most to define Ealing Studio’s post-war identity. The film marked the first appearance of the character of Jack Warner – later to be immortalized in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’.

The story follows two London policemen whose daily routine is interrupted by a botched robbery and subsequent murder hunt. Starring Dirk Bogarde it was originally released in 1950. Sixty-seven years on, it's hard to appreciate just how shocking one key scene in ‘The Blue Lamp’ was considered by British audiences at the time. No - no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it! (anyone?) Wonderfully nostalgic portrait of a Britain that no longer exists.

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