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Gideon’s Day (1958, Jack Hawkins, Derek Bond)

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In Gideon’s Day Inspector Gideon’s (Jack Hawkins) day begins badly. A zealous constable issues him with a parking ticket, and Gideon has to accuse his colleague Detective Sergeant Kirby (Derek Bond) of accepting bribes.

Kirby is then the victim of a hit-and-run killing, which leads Gideon to the loan shark con artists Paul and Joanne Delafields (Ronald Howard and Dianne Foster). Joanne pulls a gun but the inspector disarms her while her husband flees. Meanwhile, a gang of society crooks is robbing a vault, and Gideon’s troubles are compounded by the discovery that the eager traffic cop who ticketed him is Simon (Andrew Ray), his daughter’s new boyfriend.

What could have been a routine thriller becomes a superior adventure in John Ford’s hands. Hawkins’ indomitable spirit survives and balances out the contrivances of plot which turn Gideon into a one-man army. Scriptwriter Clarke was the architect of the best Ealing Comedies, and used his experience as a former policeman to flesh out the detail.

The movie was also known as Gideon of Scotland Yard. Gideon was later turned into a TV series starring John Gregson.

production details
Country: UK | 91 minutes
Release Year: 1958

Director: John Ford
Creators: John Creasey, T. E. B. Clarke,

cast
Anna Massey as Sally Gideon
Derek Bond as Det. Sgt. Eric Kirby
James Hayter as Robert Mason
Jack Hawkins as Insp. George Gideon
Cyril Cusack as Herbert ‘Birdie’ Sparrow
Anna Lee as Mrs. Kate Gideon
Andrew Ray as PC Simon Farnaby-Green
Dianne Foster as Joanna Delafield

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