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Recommended Viewing: Brighton Rock

3 July 2009

I saw this on TCM earlier this year and highly recommend it. Keep your eye on the TCM schedule to catch it; it’s not available yet on US-formatted DVD (though it’s been released in the UK).

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The film (also known as Young Scarface) was based on Graham Greene’s book, with Greene providing the screenplay (revising Terence Ratigan’s draft).  Directed by John Boulting in 1947, Richard Attenborough (years before he began directing) turns in a devastating turn as Pinkie, a baby-faced and cold-blooded gangster. (The ironic ending reminded me of the final scene of Gumshoe (1971).

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