After the success of the police drama The Blue Lamp (1949), Basil Dearden and Ealing studios continued in what passed for a realist vein with this tale of merchant seaman Colleano's involvement in a diamond smuggling racket and his subsequent flight when he becomes chief suspect in a murder investigation. Few surprises in the story, but the location work in the bustling Docklands captures a time and place now gone forever. And Earl Cameron's contribution is an early example of a black performer getting a significant leading role in a contemporary British drama.
Cast and crew
Jack Whittingham, John Eldridge
Bonar Colleano Susan Shaw Renee Asherson Earl Cameron Moira Lister Max Adrian Joan Dowling James Robertson Justice Alfie Bass Leslie Phillips George Benson Victor Maddern