Monday, April 9, 2012
50'S FLASHBACK : COSH BOY 1952
INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCERS
A ROMULUS PRODUCTION
From LIPPERT PICTURES
JOAN COLLINS as RENE ..
JAMES KENNEY ROBERT AYRES BETTY ANN DAVIES HERMIONE BADDELY
NANCY ROBERTS HERMIONE GINGOLD LAURENCE NAISMITH JOHNNY BRIGGS
IAN WHITTAKER SIDNEY JAMES
Director of Photography - Jack Asher Art Director - Bernard Robinson Edited by Charles Hasse
Music by Lambert Williamson Screenplay by Lewis Gilbert & Vernon Harris from the stage play -
"Master Crook" by Bruce Walker Assistant Director - John Bremer Produced by Daniel M Angel
Directed by Lewis Gilbert ....
(c) Romulus 1952 ... 73 mins .. B/W .. Region 1 DVD from VCI ENTERTAINMENT ..
Made in 1952, "Cosh Boy" was adapted from the play "Master Crook", by Bruce Walker, which also starred James Kenney, who plays the villian Roy, in this film version. Released around the same time as the notorious court case of Derek Bentley, the young backward boy hanged for the murder of a policeman, partly because his accomplice Christopher Craig, was too young to hang. "Cosh Boy" fell foul of the British censors of the time as they picked up on the similarities in the case and the character of Alfie (Whittaker) is simple and takes the blame for the crimes committed by the thug Roy (Kenney). The censors awarded the film the first of the new X Certificate for adult themed films. They also softened some of the coshing scenes as they were deemed strong content for the time. Critics commented...
SUNDAY GRAPHIC :
" I don't remember such an outcry when it was played on the London stage. I suppose they assume that theatregoers are far steadier fellows than the film public!"
"Cosh Boy" is influenced by Italian neo realist films such as "Bicycle Thieves", it also has the distinction of been banned in Sweden and Birmingham!
More recently the British Film Institute put "Cosh Boy" on the shortlist for it's " 100 Greatest Films of All Time".
While not as shocking today as it must have seemed in the fifties, it still was a film ahead of it's time and deserves it's place in British film history!
(2010) Mark Mc Morrow.....