Wide Boy (film)

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Wide Boy
Wide Boy film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Hughes
Produced by William H. Williams
Nat Cohen
Stuart Levy
Written by William Fairchild (uncredited)
Based on an original story by Rex Rienits
Starring Susan Shaw
Sydney Tafler
Ronald Howard
Music by Eric Spear
Cinematography Josef Ambor
Edited by Geoffrey Muller
Distributed by Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
April 1952
Running time
67 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Wide Boy is a 1952 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Susan Shaw, Sydney Tafler and Ronald Howard.[1]

It was Hughes' feature directorial debut.[2][3]


Black marketeer Benny winds up blackmailing a surgeon.



The story was by Rex Rienits who used it for a radio play and a novel.The radio play was meant to be broadcast in 1952 but this was delayed due to concerns by the BBC about its subject matter.[4]


The story was adapted for Australian TV in the TV play Bodgie (1959), where it was relocated to an Australian setting.[5]


  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/58054
  2. ^ Ken Hughes Obituary, Variety, 1 May 2001 accessed 26 June 2014
  3. ^ Ken Hughes Obituary, Telegraph 1 May 2001
  4. ^ "BROADCAST OF PLAY CANCELLED.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 7 February 1952. p. 9. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bodgies in Drama", Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 1959 p 13

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