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The Shakedown

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • John Lemont
  • 88 mins
  • X

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Augie CortonaTerence Morgan
MildredHazel Court
JesselDonald Pleasence
SpettigueBill Owen
Inspector JarvisRobert Beatty
GollarHarry H Corbett
ZenaGene Anderson
GeorgeEddie Byrne
ArnoldJohn Salew
Miss FirbankGeorgina Cookson

Crew

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DirectorJohn Lemont

Details

Theatrical distributor
Ethiro Prods Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Formats
Black and white
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