Violent Playground 1958
A well-handled slice of British realism from the producing/directing team of Michael Relph and Basil Dearden, as detective Stanley Baker hunts for an arsonist. Its semi-documentary style and good location shots of the Liverpool slums lend an air of authority to proceedings. The story may be predictable, but it’s well-paced and builds up to a tense climax.

Set in Liverpool. Detective Sgt. Jack Truman (Stanley Baker) is unsuccessfully investigating an outbreak of arson by a perpetrator dubbed ‘Firefly’, when he is reluctantly transferred to the job of juvenile liaison officer in a depressed area. After picking up two young delinquent children for shoplifting, he falls in love with their elder sister Catherine Murphy (Anne Heywood), and becomes suspicious of her young brother Johnnie (David McCallum) – the leader of a local gang...

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:41:49 | 3.69 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama, Crime

Director: Basil Dearden
Cast: Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum, Peter Cushing
Country: UK

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