Basil Dearden’s snappy crime thriller about two merchant seamen on shore leave centres on white Dan MacDonald and black Johnny Lambert. The two are fast friends but MacDonald has his loyalties tested when he gets involved in moving a bounty of diamonds, freshly stolen from a depository in the City. Johnny is oblivious as his friend concocts a plan to get the diamonds safely away; he’s pre-occupied with Pat, a white woman he’s been spending time with.
This production makes brilliant use of a broad range of south-London locations, no wonder it appeals to me, including areas such as Bermondsey, Greenwich Park, Camberwell, Borough Market and even features a thrilling denouement in Rotherhithe Tunnel.
A must watch.