Gideon's Day

Gideon's Day

John Ford (1958)

99min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is a real original - a crime drama based on a novel by John Creasey (writing as JJ Marric) that was shot in England by western maestro John Ford, and which barely got noticed at the time. Though produced in colour as Gideon's Day, only black-and-white prints were shown in America, where the film was known as Gideon of Scotland Yard, though they were later restored. This cynical romp is extremely entertaining and contains a marvellous performance from Jack Hawkins as the Gideon of the title, who is followed by the camera on what must be the busiest day of his life. Hawkins was the only British actor to star for the three greatest American directors of their day: William Wyler in Ben-Hur, Howard Hawks in Land of the Pharaohs and Ford here.

Summary

Police inspector George Gideon experiences an eventful day's work. He learns one of his detectives has accepted bribes, goes on the trail of a murderous maniac and tracks a woman suspected of robbery. He also helps foil a bank heist and gets off on the wrong foot with an eager young constable. John Ford's drama, starring Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster, Anna Lee and Anna Massey.

Cast & Crew

Inspector George Gideon Jack Hawkins
Joanna Delafield Dianne Foster
Kate Gideon Anna Lee
Sally Gideon Anna Massey
PC Simon Farnaby-Green Andrew Ray
Herbert "Birdy" Sparrow Cyril Cusack
Mason James Hayter
Paul Delafield Ronald Howard
The Chief Howard Marion-Crawford
Arthur Sayer Laurence Naismith
Sergeant Kirby Derek Bond
Mrs Kirby Grizelda Hervey
Detective Sergeant Liggott Frank Lawton
Ponsford, The Duke John Loder
Mrs Saparelli Marjorie Rhodes
Dolly Saparelli Hermione Bell
Sergeant Golightly Michael Trubshawe
Reverend Julian Small Jack Watling
Reverend Mr Courtney Henry Longhurst
Sir Rupert Bellamy Michael Shepley
Inspector Cameron Nigel Fitzgerald
Dawson Robert Raglan
Ethel Sparrow Maureen Potter
Driver Barry Keegan
Vicar's daughter Doreen Madden
Feeney Donal Donnelly
Simmo Dervis Ward
Walker Charles Maunsell
Judge Miles Malleson
Fitzhubert Francis Crowdy
Fitzhubert's assistant David Aylmer
Fitzhubert's assistant Brian Smith (1)
Lady Bellamy Joan Ingram
Ronnie Gideon Malcolm Ranson
Jane Gideon Mavis Ranson
Chancery Lane's Policeman Stuart Saunders
Inspector Gillick John Warwick
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Drama