Pool of London (film)

Pool of London is a 1951 British noir crime film directed by veteran director Basil Dearden.[2]

Pool of London
Original British quad format film poster
Directed byBasil Dearden
Produced byMichael Balcon
Screenplay byJack Whittingham
John Eldridge
StarringBonar Colleano
Earl Cameron
Susan Shaw
Music byJohn Addison
CinematographyGordon Dines
Edited byPeter Tanner
Distributed byGFD (UK)
Release date
  • 22 February 1951 (1951-02-22) (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The story centres on the crew of the merchant ship Dunbar, which docks in the Pool of London. The crew members are given shore leave, and soon become involved in smuggling and petty crime in post-war London. The film is mainly known for portraying the first interracial relationship in a British film.[3]

Main cast


“Pool of London” premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on the 22 February 1951.[1]

Critical reception

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "there is excitement and suspense in the gritty and grimy melodramatics," and concluded that the film, "though not distinguished, is entertaining and has the flavor of a great shipping port."[4]


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