Rent Street Corner (1953)

3.5 of 5 from 54 ratings
1h 30min
Rent Street Corner (aka Both Sides of the Law) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Compelling 1950's drama that tells the story of the contribution made by Police women during a period of great social upheaval through three entwined stories. Edna Hurran (Eleanor Summerfield) is enjoying an evening stroll with her husband along the River Thames when a young girl falls in, Edna saves the girl but her heroism draws her to the attention of the Police and her story unravels. Young mother Bridget Foster (Peggy Cummins) yearns for some excitement in her life, caught shoplifting she falls under the spell of Ray (Terence Morgan) a villain who seeks to exploit her but the Police have Ray firmly in their sights.
Brave WPC Susan (Anne Crawford) risks her life to save a small child who wanders onto a window ledge, investigating the incident brings the young police woman into a world of child neglect.
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William MacQuitty, Sydney Box
Jan Read, Muriel Box, Sydney Box
Both Sides of the Law
Strawberrry Media
Classics, Drama
Getting to Know..., Introducing a British Film Family
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Run Time:
90 minutes
English Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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Reviews (1) of Street Corner

'Blue Lamp' With A Difference. - Street Corner review by NC

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Pretty good police procedural, for the most part, with the bonus novelty (for its time) of concentrating on the work of policewomen.

There are three separate stories, two of which (a child neglect case, and one involving an army deserter) are fairly peripheral. The main focus is on Peggy Cummins, with a wild Irish accent, getting further and further embroiled in a gang of thieves, led by a cocksure Terence Morgan.

It's all done impeccably well by the husband and wife Boxes, with a who's who of reliable faces turning up, including miniature gems from Thora Hird and Dora Bryan. Dialogue is tight, with slippages into the patronising occurring only now and again. All in all, despite there being nothing outstanding here, it's still a good way to pass an undemanding ninety minutes.

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