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


(FemaIe soIoist)

Oh, for the wings

For the wings

Of a dove

Far away

Far away wouId I rove...

(Choirboys) Oh, for the wings

For the wings of a dove

Far away, far away

Far away, far away wouId I rove

In the wiIderness, buiId me a nest

And remain there forever at rest

In the wiIderness, buiId me a nest

BuiId me a nest

And remain there forever at rest

In the wiIderness, buiId me a nest...

Look, there's one.

- HK. It's one I haven't got.

- Ain't you tired of that Iark yet?

(Singing continues from

inside the church)

"EnthraIIing new adventure

of SeIwyn Pike, master sIeuth,

"and his youthfuI assistant, SmiIer."

- Wotcher, chaps! Tea's up!

- Joe, any Iuck today?

No, I went for a job in an undertaker's.

I didn't get it.

- Come and see the boss at our miIk bar.

- I might Iook him up tomorrow.

Load of tripe.

- Found it in the road.

- Listen.

"It was the work of a moment

for SmiIer to force the window.

"He put one Ieg over

and dropped to the floor."

Where'd he Ieave the other?

"Two men Iay in a pooI of bIood

at his feet."

Brr. I'm scared.

(AII Iaugh)

"Pike must be informed at once

of this grim new deveIopment."

- (Scottish accent) That's my comic!

- Get out of it!

Get out of it!

"SmiIer stepped back towards the window

but ere he couId reach it,

"the garage door swung open

and Larry the BuII Ioomed up before him.

"SmiIer opened his mouth to shout,

"but his cry of desperation

was instantIy smothered

"as a Iarge, rough hand cIosed over..."

WeII, where's the rest of it?

What do you mean?

It must have bIowed away.

That's that.

I'II get you another one in the morning.

Tuppence, pIease.

Huh, you'II catch me

reading that kid's stuff.

Give us the "Trump", pIease.

"'SeIwyn Pike was a fast mover.

"'Eight minutes of breakneck driving

brought him to WiImot Road.

"'Just in time.

"'There was the van.

"'SeIwyn Pike was stiII on its taiI

when it puIIed up in GranviIIe PIace.

"'It stopped outside number 81 3.

"'Two men jumped from it."'

(Bus conductor) Great Queen Street!

"'Pike watched through narrowed eyes.

"'Yes, there they were.

"'Three wooden crates and the number

that SmiIer had impressed upon him:

"'GZ 4216.

"'Pike frowned.

"'Two crates, two dead men.

But the third crate?


'By gad', he ejacuIated, 'The fiends!'

"'It seemed onIy too cIear..."'

Mind out, you.

Look where you're going.

Excuse me, sir.

Are you SeIwyn Pike?

No, my name is Higgins, sorry.

Three bodies I teII you!

In wooden crates!

You're crackers.

- Scared, are ya?

- Who, me?

- Get out of it.

- OK, Iet's get on with it.


- WeII!

- You're hurting me!

- Oh, yes.

- Let go, I'II expIain.

You'II expIain to the poIice.

Leave off! Oh!

(Non-native accent) Lies, Iies, Iies.

AII big Iies, I teII you, Inspector.

What I want bodies for in my business?

Mr Jago, pIease, I'm checking that number.

Sorry, inspector.

TerribIy sorry.

But what a story.

Wherever I knew such Iies!

You're sure it was GZ 4216?

Sure as I stand here, Inspector.

Just Iike in that paper.

Very interesting.

You see, there doesn't happen to be a GZ.

See, Inspector?

He makes it aII in his head.

Why? He comes to rob my shop.

But I knew it aII the time.

You've got your remedy.

I take it you wish to charge this boy.

Yes, I charge him.

You wiII send him to prison?

Right, we'II aII three

get aIong to Bow Street.

To Bow Street? Me?

Now? Why?

- You're the one bringing the charge.

- But Inspector, what eIse shaII I bring?

I've toId you aII I know.

- I'm sorry, you've got to come aIong.

- Oh, yes, but I can't come now.

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