My Brother's Keeper (1949)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 9, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Anticipating The Defiant Ones by nearly ten years, the British My Brother's Keeper concentrates on the exploits of two handcuffed-together escaped convicts. The protagonists are career criminal George Martin (Jack Warner) and terrified "first timer" Willie Stannard (George Cole). The film is one long chase, with a brief respite to establish the relationship between Martin and his girlfriend Nora Lawrence (Jane Hylton). Despite the fact that they're polar opposites, George and Willie develop a grudging friendship and dependence upon one another, broken only by the events in the final scenes. Director Alfred Roome's utilization of actual exterior locations adds a great deal of credibility to the story.

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captive, captor, chase, child, convict, countryside, criminal, escape, escaped-convict, manhunt, pressure, prison, prison-escape, problems, pursuit, struggle, suffering, surrender