Pool of London (film)

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Pool of London
Original British quad format film poster
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Balcon
Associate producer:
Michael Relph
Screenplay by Jack Whittingham
John Eldridge
Starring Bonar Colleano
Earl Cameron
Susan Shaw
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited by Peter Tanner
Distributed by GFD (UK)
Release date
  • 22 February 1951 (1951-02-22) (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Pool of London is a 1951 British noir crime film directed by veteran director Basil Dearden.[2]


The story centres on the crew of the merchant ship Dunbar, which docks in the Pool of London. The crew members are given shore leave, and soon become involved in smuggling and petty crime in post-war London. The film is mainly known for portraying the first interracial relationship in a British film.[3]

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“Pool of London” premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on the 22 February 1951.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "there is excitement and suspense in the gritty and grimy melodramatics," and concluded that the film, "though not distinguished, is entertaining and has the flavor of a great shipping port."[4]


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