The Intruder (1953 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Guy Hamilton|
|Produced by||Ivan Foxwell|
|Written by||John Hunter
|Music by||Francis Chagrin|
|Box office||£161,488 (UK)|
The Intruder is a 1953 British drama film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Jack Hawkins, George Cole, Dennis Price and Michael Medwin. The film is based on the 1949 novel by Robin Maugham called The Line on Ginger.
A contemporary critic commented that the film treated the subject "with intelligence, taste, and a feeling for the medium"; he also wrote "Medwin... gives a brilliant study of a good fellow gone wrong".
Ex-Colonel, now stockbroker, Wolf Merton (Jack Hawkins) returns home to find it being burgled by an armed intruder. Merton recognises the culprit, Ginger Edwards (Michael Medwin), as a former soldier who had fought under his command in a tank regiment during the Second World War. They discuss how Summers arrived at a life of crime but the burglar runs off.
The officer sets out to discover why one of his best men became involved in crime after he was de-mobbed. This is reflected in several flash-back episodes in which events during the war are contrasted with how each of the main characters cope with life in civvy street.
- Jack Hawkins as Wolf Merton
- George Cole as John Summers
- Dennis Price as Leonard Pirry
- Michael Medwin as Ginger Edwards
- Duncan Lamont as Donald Cope
- Arthur Howard as Bertram Slake
- Nicholas Phipps as Captain Fetherstonhaugh
- Dora Bryan as Dora Bee
- Edward Chapman as Walter Lowden
- Susan Shaw as Tina
- Harold Lang as Bill
- George Baker as Adjutant
- Patrick Barr as Inspector Williams
- Michael Ripper as Mechanic
- Marc Sheldon as Astley
- Campbell Singer as War Office Records Sergeant
- Charles Lamb as Glazier
- Leonard Sharp as Glazier
- Peter Martyn as Sentry
- Robert A'Dair as Luigi
- Richard Wattis as School Master
- Gene Anderson as June Maple
- David Horne as General
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p499
- Campbell Dixon, The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 1953, quoted in BFI programme note, 2012.
- British Film Institute page about The Intruder Retrieved 23 February 2012