THE FRIGHTENED CITY (1961) Directed by John Lemont.
Cast: Herbet Lom as Waldo Zhurnikov John Gregson as Detective Inspector Sayers Sean Connery as Paddy Damion Alfred Marks as Harry Foulcher Yvonne Romain as Anya
The box says that this film is an example of British noir. Most reviews of this film gives it the thumbs down - but they must have watched a different film to us. Basic storyline is that accountant Waldo Zhurnikov has gang boss Harry Foulcher as a client. Waldo shows an interest in the current spate of gang warfare and suggests that Harry call a truce and unite the gangs. But he needs an enforcer who will use violence as a last resort. Enter former cat-burglar Paddy Damion who has a nice line in patter when it comes to promoting the insurence rackets (in other words protection). When Waldo decides to expand the gangland areas of influence into the construction business one of the gangsters, Alf Peters, pulls out. Because Paddy Damion is very friendly with Alf he is coerced into arranging a meeting where Harry Foulcher kills Alf. Paddy Damion is caught by Detective Inspector Sayers who has spent part of the film following the gangsters around attempting to catch them red-handed. But Paddy escapes for the final showdown.
No matter what other people say we were rivetted to this film. And watch Sean Connery and he has some great one liners. "I'm a white Russian." Anya, the love interest, tells him. "Not to worry. I'm colour blind." One movie away and he was already doing the James Bond thing. So one good reason to see this dvd. The theme tune was by Norrie Paramour who gets to play the part of the pianist in the movie. The Shadows had a hit with the theme tune - The Frightened City