Saloon Bar

Saloon Bar is a 1940 British thriller film directed by Walter Forde. It was made by Ealing Studios and its style has led to comparisons with the later Ealing Comedies, unlike other wartime Ealing films which are different in tone.[1] The action takes place over one evening in the saloon bar of a London pub, just before Christmas. The regulars discuss the forthcoming execution for robbery and murder of the boyfriend of one of the barmaids. A pound note from the robbery is found in the till. Convinced of the condemned man's innocence they trace how the note came to be there and manage to unmask the true killer.

Saloon Bar
Directed byWalter Forde
Produced byCulley Forde (producer)
Written byJohn Dighton (writer)
Frank Harvey (play)
Angus MacPhail (writer)
StarringSee below
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byRay Pitt
Release date
  • 1940 (1940)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It is based on the 1939 play of the same name by Frank Harvey in which Harker had also starred.


An amateur detective tries to clear an innocent man of a crime before the date of his execution.[2]



  1. Murphy p.209-210
  2. "Saloon Bar". British Film Institute. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  • Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Routledge, 1992.

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