Hue and Cry

Synopsis: A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies.
Director(s): Charles Crichton
Production: Ealing Studios
82 min

I'm waiting for a customer of mine.

He comes at haIf past nine.

He's a very big customer.

Look here, Mr Jago.

Either you proceed in the proper manner

or you drop the charge.

Yes, pIease, sorry, I haven't understood.

He is a very big customer.

He can't find cIose to my shop.

You must understand, Inspector.

WeII, right.

WeII...I'II Iet the boy go.

What eIse can I do?

AII right, son.

So sorry, Inspector.

I didn't Iike to waste your time.

If onIy it wouId have been tomorrow,

I couId have managed.


That was Iucky for you, son.

You'd better cut aIong. Where do you work?

- I'm just Iooking for a job.

- I see.

WeII, watch your step.

- It was GZ 4216.

- Cut it out, son.

Supposing them number pIates was faIse

and that bIoke was a crook?

He wouIdn't have sent for me, wouId he?

You ought to Iay off

reading those shockers.

I don't think you're reaIIy a bad boy,

just a bit imaginative.

- If I put you in the way of a job...

- In the CID?

No, Covent Garden.

Do you know NightingaIe's,

the fruit and vegetabIe pIace?

- No.

- Mr NightingaIe is a friend of mine.

He's on the Iookout

for a bright boy Iike you.

Take this aIong to him.

TeII him I sent you.

Detective Inspector Ford.

Send me up some aIIigators too.

What's that?

Yeah, I couId do with

a fisherman's daughter.

That's the Iot,

unIess you've got some ins and outs in.

Oh, Jim, those tennis baIIs are

a bit of a duff Iot. They're frosted.

How's the missus?

Oh, too bad.

TeII her to rub it with turpentine.

So Iong.

So you're the young feIIow that sees

visions on the streets of London?


What's your name?

- Joe Kirby, sir.

- That's right.

Detective Inspector Ford has just been

teIIing me about you. Started young, eh?

- Started what, guv'nor?

- The heebie-jeebies.

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