Gideon's Day (1958)

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    • Gideon's Day (1958)

      GIDEON'S DAY
      aka Gideon of Scotland Yard

      DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
      PRODUCED BY MICHAEL KILLANIN/ WINGATE SMITH
      COLUMBIA PICTURES CORPORATION



      Information from IMDb

      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

      Cinematography
      Freddie Young
      Charles Lawton Jr. (uncredited)

      Filming Location
      Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: John Ford- Gideon's Day (1958)

      Gideon's Day (originally released in the United States as Gideon of Scotland Yard)
      is a 1958 police procedural crime film starring Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster
      and Cyril Cusack. The film, which was directed by John Ford,
      was adapted from John Creasey's novel of the same name.
      It was released in the United States as Gideon of Scotland Yard.

      Although this is the first film to feature the named character of George Gideon,
      Jack Hawkins had already played a very similar role in the British film
      The Long Arm two years earlier.

      Gideon's Day was the first cops and robbers movie made by Ford.



      User Review
      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
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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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!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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