The Shakedown (1959 film)

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The Shakedown
"The Shakedown" (1959).jpg
Original British poster
Directed by John Lemont
Produced by Norman Williams
Written by John Lemont
Leigh Vance
Music by Philip Green
Theme tone "SHAKEDOWN". sung by Kathy Kirby.
Cinematography Brendan J. Stafford
Edited by Bernard Gribble
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
January 1960 (1960-01)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Shakedown is a 1959 crime-drama film directed by John Lemont, starring Terence Morgan, Hazel Court, and Donald Pleasence.[1] It was filmed in the United Kingdom.

The film was banned in Finland (known there as Häväistyksen kauppiaat).


Augie Cortona, a newly released convict, opens up a photographic studio that serves as a front for pornographic and blackmail activities. He runs into trouble with a rival gangster, and bitter warfare erupts. Scotland Yard track down Cortona by employing an undercover female model to infiltrate the ex-con's set-up.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote: "the performances are all strong and believable, and fast-paced direction helps to gloss over some of the inadequacies in the predictable script." [2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Shakedown | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b "The Shakedown Review". Retrieved 2014-05-10.