The Intruder is a 1953 British drama film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Jack Hawkins, Michael Medwin, George Cole, Dennis Price, George Baker and Hugh Williams.
The soundtrack was composed by Francis Chagrin, conducted by Muir Mathieson.
The story, adapted from a 1949 novel by Robin Maugham The Line on Ginger, which tells of a commanding officer of a 2nd World War British tank regiment who is burgled by a former soldier who had fought under his command. The officer sets out to discover why one of his best men became involved in crime after he was de-mobbed. This is reflected in several flash-back episodes in which events during the war are contrasted with how each of the main characters cope with life in civvy street.
Post-war London is the backdrop including Belgravia, Covent Garden market, Loughborough Junction and the Dulwich Hospital.
A contemporary critic commented that the film treated the subject "with intelligence, taste, and a feeling for the medium"; he also wrote "Medwin... gives a brilliant study of a good fellow gone wrong".
Wolf Merton - Jack Hawkins
Ginger Edwards - Michael Medwin
John Summers - George Cole
Leonard Pirry - Dennis Price
Donald Cope - Duncan Lamont
Bertram Slake - Arthur Howard
Captain Fetherstonhaugh - Nicholas Phipps
Dora Bee - Dora Bryan
Walter Lowden - Edward Chapman
Tina - Susan Shaw
Bill - Harold Lang
Adjutant - George Baker
Inspector Williams - Patrick Barr
Mechanic - Michael Ripper
Astley - Marc Sheldon
War Office Records Sergeant - Campbell Singer
Glaziers - Charles Lamb, Leonard Sharp
Sentry - Peter Martyn
Luigi - Robert A'Dair
Telephone Operator - Elizabeth Digby-Smith
Pirry's Secretary - Rowena Gregory
Tank Driver - Sydney Linton
School Master - Richard Wattis
June Maple - Gene Anderson
General - David Horne
Photographer - Norman Hargood
Marshall - Michael Maguire
Plain-Clothes Policeman - Graham Tunbridge
Dickie - Richard Morris
- ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p499
- ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048211/
- ^ a b British Film Institute page about The Intruder Retrieved 23 February 2012
- ^ Campbell Dixon, The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 1953, quoted in BFI programme note, 2012.
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