Hue and Cry (film)

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Hue and Cry
Hue and Cry FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Charles Crichton
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by T.E.B. Clarke
Starring Alastair Sim
Music by Georges Auric
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Charles Hasse
Distributed by GFD (UK)
Fine Arts Films (US)
Release dates
  • 25 February 1947 (1947-02-25) (UK[1])
  • 8 January 1951 (1951-01-08) (US)
Running time
82 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Hue and Cry (1947) is a British film directed by Charles Crichton and starring Alastair Sim, Harry Fowler and Joan Dowling.

It is generally considered to be the first of the "Ealing comedies", although it is better characterised as a thriller for children. Shot almost entirely on location, it is now a notable historic document due to its vivid portrait of a London still showing the damage of World War II. London forms the backdrop of a crime-gangster plot which revolves around a working-class children's street culture and children's secret clubs.


  • Alastair Sim as Felix H. Wilkinson
  • Harry Fowler as Joe Kirby
  • Douglas Barr as Alec
  • Joan Dowling as Clarry
  • Jack Warner as Nightingale
  • Valerie White as Rhona
  • Jack Lambert as Ford
  • Ian Dawson as Norman
  • Gerald Fox as Dicky
  • David Simpson as Arthur
  • Albert Hughes as Wally
  • John Hudson as Stan
  • David Knox as Dusty
  • Jeffrey Sirett as Bill
  • James Crabbe as Terry
  • Stanley Escane as Roy
  • Frederick Piper as Mr. Kirby
  • Vida Hope as Mrs. Kirby
  • Heather Delaine as Dorrie Kirby
  • Joe E. Carr as Short, Nattily-dressed Thug
  • Henry Purvis as Larry the Bull
  • Paul Demel as Jago
  • Alec Finter as Detective Sergeant Fothergill
  • Arthur Denton as Vicar
  • Robin Hughes as Selwyn Pike
  • Howard Douglas as Watchman
  • Bruce Belfrage as BBC announcer
  • Grace Arnold as Dicky's Mother

External links[edit]


  1. ^ TheTimes Digital Archive: The Times, 25 February 1947, page 8 - first advertisement for Hue and Cry