Street Corner (1953 film)

Street Corner is a 1953 British drama film. It was written by Muriel and Sydney Box and directed by Muriel. It was marketed as Both Sides of the Law in the United States. While not quite a documentary, the film depicts the daily routine of women in the police force from three different angles. It was conceived as a female version of the 1950 film The Blue Lamp.[2]

Street Corner
Directed byMuriel Box
Produced bySydney Box
William MacQuitty
Written byMuriel Box
Sydney Box
StarringPeggy Cummins
Terence Morgan
Anne Crawford
Rosamund John
Barbara Murray
Music byTemple Abady
CinematographyReginald Wyer
Edited byJean Barker
London Independent Producers
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
17 March 1953
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£49,000 (by 1953)[1]

It was shot at Pinewood Studios and on location around London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Cedric Dawe.


Three plotlines involve an 18-year-old girl who is caught shoplifting, a female army deserter who becomes involved in bigamy, and a baby who is abused by stepparents. The film climaxes in a police dog attack on a criminal.


Critical reception

The Movie Review Warehouse said of Muriel Box's direction, "she doesn’t do anything terribly innovative with the camera but she does know how to tell a story effectively, which is often a rarer skill in the film world."[4]


  1. Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 211
  2. Harper and Porter p.160
  3. "Nelly Arno". BFI. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. "Street Corner (1953)". The Movie Review Warehouse.


  • Harper, Sue and Porter, Vincent. British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press, 2007.
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