3 Steps to the Gallows

White Fire

1953

John Gilling
Director
Tempean Films
Studio

American sailor Brady goes on leave in London tries to visit his brother, only to learn said brother is to be hung for murder in a few days' time. Of course, it's a murder he didn't commit. To keep his brother from hanging, Brady must uncover the leader of the smuggling ring his brother inadvertently became involved with.

Neat little British noir with some similarities to Pool of London. For once the trope of having an American lead in a British film actually makes sense, and doesn't detract from the film. The plot is a little overloaded with betrayals, though, and how easily Brady walks into traps gets a little tedious. Still a quite enjoyable movie.

Note: The UK trade show date was 26 November 1953, but the general release date does not appear to have occurred until 10 January 1955.

Thanks to Movie Dude and Gerald Lovell for their input!

-Dave W.



26th November 1953
Cinema



81 mins
1.37:1


2nd February 1954
Cinema



81 mins
1.37:1



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Scott Brady
Gregor Stevens
Mary Castle
Yvonne Durante
John Blythe
Dave Leary
Gabrielle Brune
Lorna Dryhurst
Colin Tapley
Arnold Winslow
Lloyd Lamble
James Smith
Julian Somers
John Durante
Ferdy Mayne
Mario Satargo
Ballard Berkeley
Inspector Haley
Ronan O'Casey
Crawson
Johnnie Schofield
Charley, the Doorman
(as John Schofield)
Paul Erickson
Larry Stevens
Harcourt Curacao
Matt
(as Harcourt Nicholls)
Hal Osmond
Hotel Porter
Dennis Chinnery
Bill Adams, 2nd Officer
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Captain
Alastair Hunter
Hotel Manager
Michael Balfour
Carter, Boxing Fan
Arthur Lovegrove
Tommy
Bill Lowe
Percy
Russell Westwood
Mike
Larry Taylor
Sam
(as Laurie Taylor)
Conrad Phillips
Travel Agency Clerk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Gay Mask Club Patron
Unknown
Gay Mask Club Waiter
Paul Phillips
Backstage Messenger
(uncredited)
Harold Sanderson
Boxing Match Spectator
(uncredited)
Unknown
Dave Leary's Trainer
Chris Adcock
Boxing Opponent
Unknown
Opponent's Trainer
Unknown
Prison Warder
Arthur Mullard
Prison Warder
(uncredited)
Richard Gregory
Gay Mask Club Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown Female 16
Gay Mask Club Patron
Unknown
Gay Mask Club Patron
Unknown
Policeman
Richard Shaw
Policeman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Concerned Passerby
Unknown
Concerned Passerby
Ned Lynch
Gay Mask Club Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cab Driver
Fred Haggerty
Henchman (uncredited)
Unknown
Mr. Kaye, Lunch Counter Customer
Sonnie Willis
Sergeant McBride
(uncredited)
Joe Wadham
Police Driver
(uncredited)
Neil Hallett
Counterman (uncredited)
Unknown
Henchman
Leonard Sharp
Clerk, Somerset House
(uncredited)
Unknown
Travel Agency Clerk
Unknown
Travel Agency Customer
Unknown
P.C. Giving Directions
Unknown
Detective at British Industries Fair
Unknown
P.C. at British Industries Fair
Paul Phillips
Passerby (uncredited)
Tower Bridge
Itself

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