🎥 Brighton Rock – 1948
The Story …
In Brighton in 1935, a gangster named Kite is found dead, shortly after a newspaper published a story exposing local rackets and gang wars.
Kite’s old gang, now led by the psychopathic teenaged hoodlum Pinkie Brown, learns that the reporter who wrote the story, Fred Hale, will be in town for one day for a promotional stunt (similar to the real-life “Lobby Lud” promotion).
Fred will play “Kolley Kibber”, leaving cards around town that can be redeemed for a monetary prize, with a larger prize for the first person who publicly identifies Fred as Kolley Kibber.
Pinkie and the gang hold Fred responsible for Kite’s death. They confront Fred in a local pub, threaten him, and pursue him through the crowded resort town before Pinkie finally murders Fred on the ghost train. While Fred is attempting to elude the gang, he meets brassy, outgoing Ida Arnold, a middle-aged entertainer currently appearing in a local show.
Ida takes a liking to Fred and notes that he appears to be afraid. The police think that Fred’s death is a heart attack or suicide, but Ida suspects foul play and begins her own amateur investigation.
To establish an alibi for himself, Pinkie sends one of his gang members, Spicer, to distribute Fred’s “Kolley Kibber” cards throughout the town, making it look like Fred was going about his business normally. Spicer errs by leaving one card under the tablecloth in a restaurant, creating a risk that the waitress would be able to identify Spicer.
Pinkie visits the restaurant and discovers that the sweet, naive young waitress Rose found the card and noticed that Spicer, not Fred, had left it. Pinkie warns Rose not to speak about the person who left the card, and as part of gaining her confidence, asks her out on a date.
Pinkie is also being pressured by Colleoni, the older and more powerful leader of a rival gang, and owner of the large Cosmopolitan Hotel. He is also pursued by the police, who want him to leave town to avoid further gang warfare. Deciding that Spicer is a liability, Pinkie sends him to the racetrack in hopes that Colleoni’s men will kill him there.
However, Pinkie is also attacked by Colleoni’s men, receiving a long scar on his right cheek, and runs off thinking Spicer is dead. However he is told later that Spicer lived. Pinkie ends up finishing Spicer off himself by pushing him down a stairwell in front of several witnesses.
Rose falls in love with Pinkie, discovering he is also a Catholic, and he decides to marry her so she cannot testify against him. After their wedding, at Rose’s request he makes a record of his voice at a fairgrounds booth, on which he says, “What you want me to say is I love you. Well here is the truth. I hate you, you little slut. You make me sick.”
Rose cherishes the record, wrongly assuming that it contains Pinkie’s profession of love, although she does not have a gramophone to play it on and is unaware of its true contents. Ida, who by now suspects Pinkie of killing both Fred and Spicer, poses as Rose’s mother to visit her while Pinkie is out and warn her about Pinkie, but Rose is loyal to Pinkie and Ida leaves.
Ida’s visit makes Pinkie decide he needs to kill Rose too, and he confides to his last remaining gang member, Dallow, his plan to get Rose to enter a suicide pact with him and kill herself first. Pinkie also tries to destroy the voice recording he made to avoid its becoming evidence after Rose’s death, but only succeeds in scratching it.
Dallow objects, saying Rose’s death is unnecessary because Ida is about to leave Brighton, having been unable to find any convincing evidence against Pinkie. Colleoni has also paid off Pinkie and Dallow to leave town, and they go for a final drink with Rose before departing.
When Ida enters the bar, the paranoid Pinkie decides to carry out his plan for Rose’s death, and takes her for a walk on the pier. Pinkie convinces Rose he will soon be hanged and the two of them should commit suicide in order to always stay together. He gives Rose his gun and tries to get her to shoot herself first.
Rose is torn between her love for Pinkie and the Catholic prohibition against suicide, and hesitates. Meanwhile, Dallow and Ida, both wishing to protect the innocent Rose, alert police, who rush onto the pier after Pinkie. Upon seeing the police, Rose throws the gun into the water and Pinkie tries to run away, but falls from the pier to his death.
A grief-stricken Rose later plays the damaged record of Pinkie’s voice, which sticks on Pinkie’s words “I love you” without playing the rest. Rose clings to the belief that Pinkie really did love her …
- Directed by John Boulting
- Written by Graham Greene and Terence Rattigan
- Based on Brighton Rock 1938 novel by Graham Greene
- Produced by Roy Boulting
- Cinematography : Harry Waxman
- Edited by Peter Graham Scott
- Music by Hans May
- Production Companies : Charter Film Productions and Associated British Picture Corporation
- Distributed by Pathé Pictures
- Release Date : 8 January 1948
- Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown
- Hermione Baddeley as Ida Arnold
- Carol Marsh as Rose Brown
- William Hartnell as Dallow
- Harcourt Williams as Prewitt
- Wylie Watson as Spicer
- Nigel Stock as Cubitt
- Alan Wheatley as Fred Hale
- Virginia Winter as Judy
- Reginald Purdell as Frank
- George Carney as Phil Corkery
- Charles Goldner as Colleoni
- Lina Barrie as Molly
- Joan Sterndale-Bennett as Delia
- Harry Ross as Bill Brewer
- Campbell Copelin as Police Inspector
- Marianne Stone as lazy waitress
- Norman Watson as eacecourse evangelist
- Ronald Shiner as the look-out
- Constance Smith as singer
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