The Flying Squad (1940 film)

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The Flying Squad
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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written by Edgar Wallace (novel)
Doreen Montgomery
Starring Sebastian Shaw
Phyllis Brooks
Jack Hawkins
Basil Radford
Music by Marr Mackie
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Walter J. Harvey
Edited by Monica Kimick
Lionel Tomlinson
Production
company
Distributed by Pathé Pictures International
Release date
14 October 1940
Running time
64 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Flying Squad is a 1940 British crime film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Sebastian Shaw, Phyllis Brooks and Jack Hawkins. It was based on a novel by Edgar Wallace in which the officers of the Flying Squad attempt to tackle a drug-smuggling organisation. [1] [2] In the past, the novel had been filmed in 1929 and 1932.

Cinema of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century. While film production reached an all-time high in 1936, the "golden age" of British cinema is usually thought to have occurred in the 1940s, during which the directors David Lean, Michael Powell, and Carol Reed produced their most highly acclaimed work. Many British actors have achieved worldwide fame and critical success, such as Maggie Smith, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, and Kate Winslet. Some of the films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the third and fourth highest-grossing film series, with the former having been made largely with funding from Hollywood.

Herbert Brenon Irish film director

Herbert Brenon born Alexander Herbert Reginald St. John Brenon was an Irish film director, actor and screenwriter during the era of silent movies through the 1930s.

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Cast

Sebastian Shaw (actor) English actor, director, novelist, playwright, and poet

Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions.

Phyllis Brooks American actress and model

Phyllis Brooks was an American actress and model. She was born in Boise, Idaho. Some sources have also inaccurately cited 1914 as her year of birth, but 1915 is the correct year according to Social Security records.

Jack Hawkins English actor who worked on stage and in film from the 1930s until the 1970s

John Edward Hawkins, CBE was an English actor who worked on stage and in film from the 1930s until the 1970s. One of the most popular British film stars of the 1950s, he was best known for his portrayal of military men.

Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "routine stuff, just as unimaginatively done here as it was in the 1932 film of the same name" ; [3] while Blueprintreview wrote, "to be honest, the story isn’t particularly sophisticated, especially not by today’s standards, but it manages to entertain and hold the attention, even if some of the dialogue feels very unreal – I’m sure police and criminals of that time didn’t speak as posh as they do here!" [4]

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The Flying Squad is a 1932 British crime film directed by F.W. Kraemer and starring Harold Huth, Carol Goodner, Henry Wilcoxon and Edward Chapman. It was based on a novel by Edgar Wallace, which was also filmed in 1929 and 1940. The officers of the Flying Squad attempt to track down a drug-smuggling gang.

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References

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  2. "Flying Squad, The (1940) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. "The Flying Squad". TV Guide.
  4. "Edgar Wallace Presents…The Flying Squad". Blueprint: Review.