The Shakedown

The Shakedown

John Lemont (1959)

X Certificate


Our Score
Although not strictly a remake, this British movie bears a remarkable similarity to Joseph Pevney's 1950 Hollywood B-picture of the same name, with Terence Morgan in the Howard Duff role as a photographer with an eye for extortion. The film sets out to shock with sleazy settings and sensationalist suggestions of nudity, but few of the misdemeanours from this period piece would raise even a blush today. Director John Lemont is so pleased with his naughtiness that he forgets to concentrate on the storyline, which grinds to its inevitable conclusion. On the plus side, the cast boasts such familiar faces as Donald Pleasence, Bill Owen and Harry H Corbett.


A former pimp is released from prison and, despite an ex-cellmate's warnings, immediately returns to a life of crime in a photographic model racket. Thriller, starring Terence Morgan, Hazel Court, Donald Pleasence and Harry H Corbett.

Cast & Crew

Augie Cortona Terence Morgan
Mildred Hazel Court
Jessel Donald Pleasence
Spettigue Bill Owen
Inspector Jarvis Robert Beatty
Gollar Harry H Corbett
Zena Gene Anderson
George Eddie Byrne
Arnold John Salew
Miss Firbank Georgina Cookson
Director John Lemont
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Ethiro Prods LtdGuidance: Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity.