Rent The Long Arm (1956)

3.7 of 5 from 63 ratings
1h 33min
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A breathtaking thriller with twists aplenty, The Long Arm is the story of Halliday's attempts to solve the mystery of a series of robberies in London. The crimes are apparently unconnected, but the plot thickens as an inexplicable pattern in events becomes clear.
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Robert Barr, Janet Green
British Films, Drama
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Run Time:
93 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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Of a bygone age ... - The Long Arm review by AB

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Starring that great actor Jack Hawkins, a storyline of police detective work, home lives, interactions set in a time that evokes memories of nostalgia, yet the storyline still contains suspense and parallel methods still applicable to today's society. A couple of nice twists in the storyline

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A Safe Bet. - The Long Arm review by NC

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Scotland Yard investigate a robbery from a safe, where the perpetrator has seemingly vanished into thin air. You could be forgiven for thinking this will be just another of those crime flicks of which hundreds were made in that era - it even has Jack Hawkins as the superintendent in charge of the case. But it is worth a stop and search. A good plot, very good dialogue, and excellent acting lift it high above the usual fare.

It's a police procedural, and the painstaking way they inch their way towards the solution is fascinating, because done so well. And not without humour: one scene at a remote garage in North Wales is a delight.

There is one sizeable irritation to 'The Long Arm': Superintendent Halliday's private life. I realise these things are put in to add a human account, but when the main story is a garment as well made as this, the scenes at home are like dropped stitches. These private life bits were always iffy in the case of cop programmes, but today's film-makers obviously have a different opinion. Half the running time seems to be made up of family ructions. When the inevitable problem daughter enters I usually exit.

The cast is on this side of superb. A young John Stratton plays the Super's sidekick. Early career bit parts are given to Ian Bannen, Alec McCowen and William Mervyn. There are even uncredited parts for Stratford Johns and Frederick Treves.

A good film, and would have got more than three stars if it wasn't for the 'Darling, I can't make it tomorrow' blights.

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