The Frightened City

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The Frightened City
The Frightened City film poster.jpg
original movie poster
Directed by John Lemont
Produced by John Lemont
Leigh Vance
Written by Leigh Vance
Starring Herbert Lom
John Gregson
Sean Connery
Alfred Marks
Yvonne Romain
Music by Norrie Paramor
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation US
Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors UK
Release dates
Running time
97 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Frightened City is a 1961 British Neo Noir film about extortion rackets and gang warfare in the West End of London. It stars Herbert Lom, John Gregson and Sean Connery, who plays a burglar called Paddy Damion. He is lured into a protection racket by oily mobster Harry Foulcher (Alfred Marks), in order to support his partner in crime (Kenneth Griffith), who is injured in a robbery. However Damion has his wits about him.

Although Connery's character has a girlfriend in the story, he seduces the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), the mistress of the seedy and sinister crime boss Zhernikov (Herbert Lom). John Gregson plays Detective Inspector Sayers who is the policeman dedicated to tackling organised crime.

The Shadows had a hit single with the main theme.


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