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Jackpot (1960 film)

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Directed byMontgomery Tully
Screenplay byMontgomery Tully
Maurice J. Wilson
Story byJohn Sherman
Produced byMaurice J. Wilson
StarringWilliam Hartnell
Betty McDowall
Eddie Byrne
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJim Connock
Music byDon Banks
Eternal Films
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Jackpot is a 1960 British second feature[1] crime film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring William Hartnell, Betty McDowall and Eddie Byrne.[2]


An ex-convict learns that his wife is not willing to return to him. He and an accomplice rob the safe in the Jackpot Club. The police and the owner of the club want to track down the robbers.


Critical reception[edit]

Kine Weekly said: "The picture, slick crime fare, brings to fiction the realism and excitement of fact. William Hartnell looks and lives his part as the hawk-eyed Frawley, Betty McDowall wins sympathy as the frightened Kay, Eddie Byrne convinces as the double-crossing Sam, and George Mikell can’t be faulted as the vicious Carl. Its supporting players, too, register. There is no dallying at the start, sentiment neatly punctuates violence, and the Arsenal Stadium climax is both salutary and showmanlike."[3]

Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "Though very routine in conception and treatment, this little crime thriller is at any rate slickly done. Taut from the word go, the climax at Arsenal Stadium during a floodlit football match is also more resourceful than the average B-picture finale. William Hartnell is largely wasted in a somewhat inconspicuous part; but most of the supporting players register, particularly Victor Brooks as a Detective Sergeant on the case."[4]


  1. ^ Chibnall, Steve; McFarlane, Brian (2009). The British 'B' Film. London: BFI/Bloomsbury. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-8445-7319-6.
  2. ^ "Jackpot". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 26 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Jackpot". Kine Weekly. 514 (2737): 33. 17 March 1960 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "Jackpot". Monthly Film Bulletin. 27 (312): 70. 1960 – via ProQuest.

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