The Films of Petula Clark
Track the Man Down

Released January 1955 [UK]
Crime - 75 minutes

SYNOPSIS: A dog track robbery leads the police, the press and assorted gang members on a merry chase to catch the one gang member who double-crossed his associates and disappeared with the cash. Petula plays the sister of the gang member's girlfriend.

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Don Ford
June Dennis
Pat Sherwood
Rick Lambert
Mary Dennis
John Cross
Austin C. Melford
Ken Orwell
Ahmed Jones
Inspector Barnet
Luis Remino
Mrs. Norman
Bobbie Norman .
.....Kent Taylor
.....Petula Clark
.....Renne Houston
.....George Rose
.....Ursula Howells
.....Arthur Lane
.....Walter Rilla
.....Kenneth Griffiths
.....Michael Balfour
.....Lloyd Lambie
.....Richard Molinas
.....Mary Mackenzie
.....John Pike
.....Jack Lambert

  • Screenplay by Paul Erickson and Kenneth R. Hayles
  • Directed by R.G. Springsteen
  • Produced by William N. Boyle
  • Republic Pictures
  • Made at Shepperton Studios & on location

  •      In a raid on a dog-track, a gang which includes Rick Lambert gets away with a large sum in cash and a guard is killed trying to stop their getaway. Reporter Don Ford gets little help when he tries to get details from the police. Rick leaves the loot with Mary, his girlfriend, and tells Mary to bring it to a point on the Southampton road. Instead, Mary's sister June arrives, together with Don Ford who is trailing an actress on another story entirely. When police close in, Rick holds up the coach in which June, Don, the actress and other passengers are travelling and drives to a a boat-house in the country. Here he holds the passengers captive until Don and June contrive to get a message to the police. Meanwhile, other members of Rick's gang arrive, suspect him of double-crossing them and Rick shoots one of them. When the police arrive on the scene Rick makes a last bid for freedom but Don overpowers him.
         With limited production facilities at his disposal, director R.G. Springsteen has used location settings skillfully and has concentrated on fast-pace actiion with plenty of very British comedy relief and just a dash of romance. His finished product is very satisfying if modest entertainment.

         Kent Taylor plays Don as a very American newshawk, determined and brass-necked, with Petula Clark a sweetly helpful June. Renee Houston offers a rich comedy sketch of an ageing but spirited actress and George Rose is a relaistically ruthless Rick.
    Today's Cinema - 25 January 1955

  • . . .The picture, made on expanding suitcase lines, introduces romance, comedy, violence, and excittement into its extravagant plot on the reasonably safe assumption that one or the other will entertain the masses. Kent Taylor, Petula Clark and Renee Houston improvise effectively and keep the action lively as Don, June and Pat and the staging is adequate. Points of Appeal: Humour, suspense and popular cast.
    Kline Weekly - 27 January, 1955

  • Some of the action has an unusual setting--a Southampton (England)-bound bus. World famous Victoria Station also provides some suspenseful moments. Also used for background sequences are a greyhous racing track and the banks of the Thames. Essentially, the story is of a man's lust for money and his subsequent undoing. The main criminal, Groege Rose, betrays his fiancee, Ursula Howells, double-crosses his accomplices and kissl in his unsuccessful attempt to get himself and his haul out of the country. As the screeenplay by Paul Erikson follows Rose's rather desperate trek, a diversified array of characters comes into the constantly changing pattern of emotions. Taylor enacts a nuewspaper reporter in search of a big story. How he assists the police in their search for Rose and--at the same time, falling in love with Miss Howell's sister, Petula Clark--makes up the supplementary story thread.
    Motion Picture Herald - 25 February 1955

  • Fragmented, silly thriller; a few unintentional laughs. Virtually the end of Petula Clark's British screen career.
    British Sound Films - 1984


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