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    John Ford- Gideon's Day (1958)


    aka Gideon of Scotland Yard



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    Plot Summary
    Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off
    on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket
    from a young police officer.
    From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning
    that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes;
    hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl;
    tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and,
    then, helps break up a bank robbery.
    His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds
    that his daughter has a date with the policeman
    who gave him a ticket that morning.
    Written by Les Adams

    Full Cast
    Jack Hawkins ... Insp. George Gideon
    Dianne Foster ... Joanna Delafield
    Cyril Cusack ... Herbert 'Birdie' Sparrow
    Andrew Ray ... PC Simon Farnaby-Green
    James Hayter ... Robert Mason
    Ronald Howard ... Paul Delafield
    Howard Marion-Crawford ... Chief of Scotland Yard
    Laurence Naismith ... Arthur Sayer
    Derek Bond ... Det. Sgt. Eric Kirby
    Grizelda Harvey ... Mrs. Kirby (as Grizelda Hervey)
    Frank Lawton ... Det. Sgt. Frank Liggott
    Anna Lee ... Mrs. Kate Gideon
    John Loder ... Ponsford (the Duke)
    Doreen Madden ... Miss Courtney
    Miles Malleson ... Judge at Old Bailey
    Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Rosie Saparelli
    Michael Shepley ... Sir Rupert Bellamy
    Michael Trubshawe ... Sgt. Golly
    Jack Watling ... Rev. Julian Small
    Anna Massey ... Sally Gideon
    Bart Allison ... Policeman (uncredited)
    David Aylmer ... Manners (uncredited)
    Hermione Bell ... Dolly Saparelli (uncredited)
    Robert Bruce ... Defending Barrister (uncredited)
    Diana Chesney ... Barmaid (uncredited)
    Francis Crowdy ... Mr. Fitzhubert (uncredited)
    Mary Donevan ... Usherette (uncredited)
    Donal Donnelly ... Feeney (uncredited)
    Patrick Ellis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
    Nigel Fitzgerald ... Insp. Cameron (uncredited)
    Peter Godsell ... Jimmy (uncredited)
    Helen Goss ... Woman Employer (uncredited)
    Lucy Griffiths ... Cashier (uncredited)
    Stewart Guidotti ... Bit Part (uncredited)
    Gordon Harris ... CID Man (uncredited)
    Alastair Hunter ... Employer #2 (uncredited)
    Joan Ingram ... Lady Bellamy (uncredited)
    Barry Keegan ... Riley - Chauffeur (uncredited)
    James Langley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
    John Le Mesurier ... Prosecuting Barrister (uncredited)
    Henry B. Longhurst ... Rev. Mr. Courtney (uncredited)
    Charles Maunsell ... Mr. Walker (uncredited)
    Michael O'Duffy ... Policeman (uncredited)
    Maureen Potter ... Ethel Sparrow (uncredited)
    Derek Prentice ... Employer #1 (uncredited)
    Robert Raglan ... Dawson (uncredited)
    Malcolm Ranson ... Ronnie Gideon (uncredited)
    Mavis Ranson ... Jane Gideon (uncredited)
    Susan Richmond ... Aunt May (uncredited)
    Alan Rolfe ... CID Man at Hospital (uncredited)
    Raymond Rollett ... Uncle Dick (uncredited)
    Stuart Saunders ... Chancery Lane Policeman (uncredited)
    Michael Scoble ... Minor Role (uncredited)
    Hennie Scott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
    O'Donovan Shiell ... Policeman (uncredited)
    Brian Smith ... White-Douglas (uncredited)
    David Storm ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
    Dervis Ward ... Simmo - Street Tough (uncredited)
    John Warwick ... Insp. Gillick (uncredited)
    Billie Whitelaw ... Christine (uncredited)
    Peter Wood ... Minor Role (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    John Creasey (novel "Gideon's Day") (as J.J. Marric)
    T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay)

    Original Music
    Douglas Gamley

    Freddie Young
    Charles Lawton Jr. (uncredited)

    Filming Location
    Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
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    Gideon's Day was the first cops and robbers movie made by Ford.

    This is a real original — a crime drama based on a novel by John Creasey
    (writing as JJ Marric) that was shot in England by western maestro John Ford,
    and which barely got noticed at the time.
    Though produced in colour as Gideon's Day, only black-and-white prints
    were shown in America, where the film was known as Gideon of Scotland Yard,
    though they were later restored.

    This cynical romp is extremely entertaining and contains a marvellous performance
    from Jack Hawkins as the Gideon of the title,
    who is followed by the camera on what must be the busiest day of his life.
    Hawkins was the only British actor to star for
    the three greatest American directors of their day:
    William Wyler in Ben-Hur, Howard Hawks in Land of the Pharaohs and Ford here.
    Apart from the fact that John Ford directed it, the 1958 release Gideon's Day has thoroughly English credentials — it was produced by Michael Killanin for Columbia (British) Productions and shot at the Elstree Studios with a largely British cast. By the time Columbia's domestic distribution arm brought it to American audiences the following year, however, the title was Gideon of Scotland Yard, the running time was nearly half an hour shorter, the Technicolor negative had been printed in black-and-white, and the screens it played on were less often downtown movie houses than art theaters devoted to low-key European entertainments. Although the movie holds many pleasures, it apparently wasn't splashy enough to suit Columbia's idea of big-screen entertainment in the age of competition from TV, so the studio cut its losses every way it could in the United States market. This lack of confidence proved infectious, and the picture's reputation still hasn't recovered among American viewers. It's hard to imagine a well-realized John Ford film being half forgotten today — especially one from the same decade that gave us The Searchers (1956) and The Quiet Man (1952), to mention just a couple of 1950s classics — but Gideon's Day has suffered that fate. Even now its continuity is choppy in spots, a lingering effect of cuts made for US distribution.
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    7 June 2000 | by JB-12 (Long Island NY)

    John Ford, the esteemed director, worked in many film genres but up until this film he had never done a Cops and Robbers movie.

    In this one, he takes us on a "typical" day of a Scotland Yard Inspector in which we get a view of his private life as well as his professional.

    In fact if Gideon's Day is "typical", what is dull? Chief Inspector George Gideon catches a double murderer, a single murderer, a robber, suspends a crooked cop, and ends the day catching three men who break into a vault and murder the guard(not related to the other 2 murderers he catches).

    John Ford who usually takes his time in telling a story, uses a much faster pace than he is accustomed to in most of his narratives. And if it doesn't work to perfection in this film, it still is enjoyable due to some of the characterizations.

    Jack Hawkins is perfectly British as Gideon. He seems to be constantly in a dither, but in the end he is the consummate cop, tough, sensitive and smart.

    Ford uses a large cast and many characters and they play off Hawkins as if they were on a lark. T E B Clark's story has moments of comedy, drama and pathos.

    Most critics consider "Gideon's Day"(or "Gideon of Scotland Yard" as it is known here) to be beneath the standards of one of the great directors in film history. There is no question that this is true. However, If you watch it as a straight cops and robbers film and forget that Ford was at the helm, this one is a pretty good on
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    Re: John Ford- Gideon's Day (1958)

    Amazon seem to doesn't have it, looks like youtube is all, currently.
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    Re: John Ford- Gideon's Day (1958)

    Just watched this rarely seen 'cops and robbers' film,
    his only such film, and the most unlikely John Ford movie, I've ever seen!!
    How he got involved with this project, will probably never be known!

    Very hammy acting, with the majority of the Brit cast
    acting and shouting as if they were still on a stage.

    Anna Lee a Duke 'Pal' is Gideon's wife
    and puts in a fair performance.

    Overall though a very silly movie,
    complete with, during the office scenes, looking through the office window,
    obvious toy cars and London Buses, being used to simulate the traffic outside!
    Sound familiar, yes 'Hellfighter's' (a McLaglen movie) used the same awful technique!

    Novelty value to watch, but if you don't
    you're not missing anything!
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