|Pool of London|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Screenplay by|| Jack Whittingham |
|Produced by|| Michael Balcon |
Michael Relph (associate producer)
|Starring|| Bonar Colleano |
|Edited by||Peter Tanner|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Distributed by||GFD (UK)|
Pool of London is a 1951 British noircrime film directed by Basil Dearden. It stars Bonar Colleano, Earl Cameron and Susan Shaw.
The character-driven story of Pool of London centres around the crew of the merchant ship Dunbar, which docks in the Pool of London. The crew members are given shore leave, with some practising petty smuggling and other various dodges. Set in post-war London, the film is of note for portraying the first interracial relationship in a British film.
Black crew member Johnny (Earl Cameron), an all-round nice guy, meets a pretty blonde, Pat (Susan Shaw), who offers to show him the sights of London. In a visually-rich montage, they visit the National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Observatory. Also shown briefly are views from the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, and some of the bombed areas around the cathedral before the rebuilding of Paternoster Square.
Another seaman, Dan (Bonar Colleano), inadvertently becomes involved with a jewel robbery in which a night watchman is murdered.
Pool of London premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 22 February 1951.
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