The Flanagan Boy

The Flanagan Boy (released in the United States as Bad Blonde) is a 1953 British film noir directed by Reginald Le Borg. It was made by Hammer Film Productions and stars Barbara Payton, Tony Wright, Frederick Valk and Sid James. The Flanagan Boy was based on the novel of the same name by Max Catto.[1]

The Flanagan Boy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReginald Le Borg
Produced byAnthony Hinds
Screenplay byGuy Elmes
Richard H. Landau
Based onThe Flanagan Boy
by Max Catto
StarringBarbara Payton
Music byIvor Slaney
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Needs
Distributed byLippert Pictures (USA)
Exclusive Films (UK)
Release date
  • 10 April 1953 (1953-04-10)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A shady promoter (James) spots a young boxer (Wright) and takes him under his wing, in an attempt to launch a comeback into prizefighting. He secures the backing of a wealthy Italian (Valk), but problems start to arise when the fighter becomes romantically involved with the millionaire's wife (Payton).



  1. Mayer, Geoff (2012). Historical Dictionary of Crime Films. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-810-87900-X.
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