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Brighton Rock (John Boulting, UK, 1947)

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Director John Boulting brings the fabled Greeneland, that vile landscape ripened on sin and betrayal at the black heart of all his novels, to sensuous life.
— Ian Nathan, Empire

In tribute to Richard Attenborough, who died on Sunday 24 August, we're showing the great British noir based on Graham Greene's novel.


Attenborough, aged just 24, plays Pinkie, a small-town psycho whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course.


While leading his men in a racetrack robbery, Pinkie kills a man. He convinces pretty waitress Rose (Carol Marsh) to provide him with an alibi, promising to marry her in exchange. After the wedding, the sociopathic Pinkie conducts a slow and careful campaign to drive his young wife to suicide.