The Adventures of P.C. 49

Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel

1949

Godfrey Grayson
Director
Hammer Films
Studio

Gormless beat copper gets a shot a cracking a smuggling gang.

Godawful early effort from Hammer, before they found their niche in horror. When a film starts with boring narration dubbed over top of scenes with dialogue, you know you are in for a stinker. Grayson was always a mediocre churner at best as a director, and this is one of his worst. The music score especially is gratingly inappropriate and LOUD, as if the filmmakers thought they could distract the audience from the shoddy film onscreen. A cheap and tatty movie with cheap and tatty characters, rather like No Orchids for Miss Blandish, without that film's polish. Probably the only noteworthy point is young Michael Ripper, who is good as a nasty little Cockney thug.

It really is amazing Hammer managed to mature out of this phase of junk and become an important part of film history. Certainly stuff like P.C. 49 wouldn't have give them much more than a footnote, if that.

-Dave W.



6th October 1949
Cinema



67 mins
1.37:1



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Hugh Latimer
P.C. Archibald Berkley Willoughby
John Penrose
Barney Brady
Annette Simmonds
Carrots
Pat Nye
Ma Brady
Patricia Cutts
Joan Carr
Michael Ripper
Fingers
Martin Benson
Skinny Ellis
Arthur Brander
Divisional Detective Inspector Wilson
Eric Phillips
Detective Sergeant Wright
Billy Thatcher
Ted Burton
Unknown
Skipper, Lorry Driver
Arthur Lovegrove
Bill, Lorry Driver
(uncredited)
Unknown
Lorry Driver
Jim Brady
Lorry Driver
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cafe Barman
Unknown
Nurse
Unknown
Irate Driver
Howard Charlton
Jitters Black
(uncredited)

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