Monday, March 27, 2017


1962, UK, directed by Val Guest

Like Hell is a City, another Val Guest picture, this time a more straightforward procedural, with Jack Warner playing the lead detective (he’s already well advanced in years here – it must have been hard to sell him as an active detective in 1976, at the tail end of Dixon of Dock Green). While the narrative is more straightforward than the earlier film, the action is no less engaging, with a methodical exploration and elimination of leads, and an intriguing depiction of the back-streets of Brighton and surrounds – not quite the seamy side, but also something just a little short of respectability. It’s also very much in the Law & Order mode of police stories, resolutely focused on the professional rather than the personal lives of the cops (they mention offscreen lives but that’s about it). 

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