The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

Basil Dearden (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Produced by Michael Balcon and scripted by TEB Clarke (a former policeman who penned Ealing comedies such as Passport to Pimlico and The Lavender Hill Mob), this classic film yet again revealed the influence of the documentary on postwar British cinema, with its realistic depiction of the austere times that pushed some people into crime. Jimmy Hanley is a touch lightweight as the police colleague of genial Jack Warner whose local bobby character went on to star in BBC TV's long-running series Dixon of Dock Green. But the rest of director Basil Dearden's cast are outstanding, particularly a pre-stardom Dirk Bogarde as the petty crook whose confrontation with Warner produced one of the most memorable - and shocking - scenes in British film history.


A veteran policeman gives a new recruit the benefit of his experience, while two crooks plan a series of robberies. When the two duos meet, the older constable is shot and killed, and his protege sets out to bring the killers to justice. Police drama, starring Jack Warner in a role he would reprise for TV series Dixon of Dock Green. With Jimmy Hanley and Dirk Bogarde.

Cast & Crew

PC George Dixon Jack Warner
PC Andy Mitchell Jimmy Hanley
Tom Riley Dirk Bogarde
Insp Cherry Bernard Lee
Sgt Roberts Robert Flemyng
Mrs Dixon Gladys Henson
Diana Lewis Peggy Evans
Spud Patrick Doonan
Director Basil Dearden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray