Something in the City
Something in the City is a 1950 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Richard Hearne, Garry Marsh and Ellen Pollock. It features an early uncredited performance by Stanley Baker as a police constable.
|Something in the City|
|Directed by||Maclean Rogers|
|Produced by||Ernest G. Roy|
|Written by||H.F. Maltby |
|Music by||Wilfred Burns|
|Edited by||Charles Hasse|
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service|
Mr Ningle has been living a lie for seven years by pretending to still be commuting to his financial services job in the City of London from which he had been sacked. Every day, he journeys in and changes into the disguise of his alter ego: an artist who sells paintings on the pavement in Trafalgar Square.
His life is thrown into turmoil when his deception is nearly discovered by Mr. Holley, the father of his daughter Beryl's new fiancé, Richard. The father happens to be the managing editor of the Evening Courier newspaper, and worried about his prospective in-laws. A series of misunderstandings lead to the mistaken belief that Ningle has been murdered by "Arty the artist", leading to a massive police manhunt. Ningle manages to stage a fake suicide for Arty, while he reappears and pretends he had amnesia for the past 48 hours.
When Holly publishes an offer of a large sum to Arty by way of apology (having heard that he committed suicide), Ningle cannot resist "resurrecting" the artist, but Holly now suspects the truth. Ningle manages to outmanoeuvre him, however, and presents the money to Beryl and Richard, enabling them to marry despite the opposition of Richard's parents.
- Richard Hearne as Mr. Ningle
- Garry Marsh as Mr. Holley
- Ellen Pollock as Mrs. Holley
- Betty Sinclair as Mrs. Ningle
- Tom Gill as Richard [Holley]
- Diana Calderwood as Beryl [Ningle]
- Bill Shine as Reporter
- Dora Bryan as Waitress
- Molly Weir as Nellie
- George Merritt as Police Inspector
- Horace Kenney as Squeaker Man
- Stanley Vilven as News Vendor
- Gerald Rex as Map Seller
- Vi Kaley as Old Vera
- Ben Williams as Policeman
- Esme Beringer as Miss Prouncey
- Kenneth Henry as City Man
- Mackenzie Ward as Chelsea Artist
- Stanley Baker as Policeman (uncredited)
The film was made at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames and on location around London. The film's director, Maclean Rogers, was experienced in second feature productions. It was distributed by Butcher's Film Service.
- Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. p. 574. ISBN 9781317740636.
- "Something in the City (1951)". British Film Institute.
- "Stanley Baker". British Film Institute.