The Gentle Gunman

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The Gentle Gunman
The Gentle Gunman (1952 film).jpg
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Basil Dean
Michael Relph
Written by Roger MacDougall
Starring John Mills
Dirk Bogarde
Music by John Greenwood
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited by Peter Tanner
Distributed by Universal-International (USA)
Release date
October 1952 (UK)
30 September 1953 (U.S.)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Gentle Gunman is a black-and-white 1952 Ealing Studios drama film, directed by Basil Dearden and starring John Mills and Dirk Bogarde.


John Mills and Dirk Bogarde, bizarrely, were the actors chosen to play two IRA men under cover in London during World War II. The lads are captured after (Terry) starts questioning the worth of war, a line of thinking never popular with armies. They are sprung from captivity by Connolly (Liam Redmond) and his IRA men. Nice cameo by Jack MacGowran.


Critical reception[edit]

The British magazine Time Out thought the film was "stiff" and "overplotted",[1] while the British Film Institute thought the film struggled to "find the right tone" and culminated with a "car-crash of an ending".[2] The New York Times thought that the film had "failed to search beneath the surface" of the screen-play and described much of the content as "superficial".[3]


  1. ^ "The Gentle Gunman". Time Out. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gentle Gunman, The (1952)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Gentle Gunman (1952)". British Film Institute. 1 October 1953. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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