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My Brother's Keeper (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 August 1949 (USA)
War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Roome

Writers:

Maurice Wiltshire (by), Frank Harvey (screenplay) (as Frank Harvey Jnr.)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... George Martin
Jane Hylton ... Nora Lawrence
George Cole ... Willie Stannard
Bill Owen ... Syd Evans
David Tomlinson ... Ronnie Waring
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Meg Waring
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Wainwright
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Martin
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Gully
Brenda Bruce ... Winnie Foreman
Susan Shaw ... Beryl
John Boxer John Boxer ... Bert Foreman
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Landlord
Garry Marsh ... Brewster
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Harding (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
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Storyline

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the police, and the press in hot pursuit, George has to find a way of breaking loose from Willie, and to make his escape. Written by Mike Wilson. <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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escape | prison | train | police hunt | See All (4) »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Brother's Keeper See more »

Filming Locations:

Thame, Oxfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When George Martin steals the battledress, he manages to put it on whilst still handcuffed to Willie Stannard. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "All men are born brothers, and anything that hurts my brother hurts me. If my brother commits a crime, I am a criminal; if he sings, there is music in my heart. Before you have dealings with any man, ask yourself: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' The Answer is 'Yes'" (Henry Hassett Browne) See more »

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Remade as The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

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A fine film.
28 March 2009 | by ronevickersSee all my reviews

In so many ways this is a fine all round film, which is only let down somewhat by the unnecessary comedic element of the young newspaper reporter (David Tomlinson) accompanied by his new bride (Yvonne Owen), on their honeymoon, covering the man hunt for the two escaped prisoners. The inclusion of this improbable and forced attempt at humour simply jars within the context of the whole film. That great character actor, Jack Warner, is excellent in the lead role, playing against type. He is ably supported by a young George Cole, and the ever dependable Jane Hylton. The film also has a lively pace about it, and is well staged, with the outdoor locations lending a good balance to the proceedings. It's a film that doesn't seem to be widely available, but is certainly well worth tracking down, despite the inappropriate light-hearted interludes.


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