The Boys (1962 British film)
|Directed by||Sidney J. Furie|
|Produced by||Sidney J. Furie|
|Written by||Stuart Douglass|
|Music by||The Shadows|
|Edited by||Jack Slade|
|Distributed by||Gala Film Distributors (UK)|
|September 1962 (UK)|
Four youths, described frequently as teddy boys, are on trial for the murder of a garage night watchman in the course of a burglary. Witnesses and the accused give differing accounts of the lead-up to the crime, a dispiriting and frustrating evening out in London. Flashbacks of the teenagers' insecure and sometimes alienated lives contrast strongly with the austere legality of the courtroom as, by degrees, the truth emerges.
- Richard Todd - Victor Webster, prosecuting counsel
- Robert Morley - Montgomery, defence counsel
- Dudley Sutton - Stan Coulter
- Ronald Lacey - Billy Herne
- Tony Garnett - Ginger Thompson
- Jess Conrad - Barney Lee
- Felix Aylmer - The Judge
- Wilfrid Brambell - Robert Brewer (as Wilfred Bramble)
- Roy Kinnear - Mark Samuel (bus conductor)
- Allan Cuthbertson - Randolph St. John (as Alan Cuthbertson)
- Colin Gordon - Gordon Lonsdale
- Wensley Pithey - Mr. Coulter (as Wensley Athey)
- Kenneth J. Warren - George Tanner
- Patrick Magee - Mr. Lee
- David Lodge - Mr. Herne
- Mavis Villiers - Celia Barker
- Betty Marsden - Mrs. Herne
- Laurence Hardy - Patmore
- Charles Morgan - Samuel Wallace
- Carol White - Evelyn May
- Patrick Newell - Crowhurst
- Rita Webb - Mrs. Lee
- Tom Chatto - Morris
- Harold Scott - Caldwell
- George Moon - Mr. Champneys
- Hilda Fenemore - Mrs. Thompson (as Hilda Fennemore)
- Lloyd Lamble - Inspector Larner
- Noel Dyson - Mrs. Coulter
- bbc.co.uk called it an "innovative kitchen-sink drama charting the rise of teenage gang culture."
- TV Guide noted "good performances all around, but the effect is muddled by a complicated flashback structure."
- AllMovie wrote "The Boys benefits from Furie's dextrous use of flashbacks during the testimony scenes."
On 17 September 2017, the 55th anniversary of the film's release, the three surviving "boys", Conrad, Garnett and Sutton, met for a reunion showing of the film at Elstree Studios where the courtroom scenes were filmed. It was explained at the Q&A section of the event that this was the first time any of the four had met since the film was made.
- "The Boys (1962) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "The Summer of British Film - The Boys". BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "The Boys Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Boys | TVGuide.com". Movies.tvguide.com. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "The Boys (1962) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 26 July 2014.