The Blue Lamp (1949)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Jan 20, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The Blue Lamp was an immensely popular British crime film (and the winner of the BFA Award), concentrating on interrelated episodes in the lives of several London policemen. Jack Warner heads the cast as George Dixon, a veteran "bobby" who is murdered by scuzzy small-time criminals Dirk Bogarde and Patrick Doonan. Rookie cop Jimmy Hanley, who'd looked upon Warner as a father figure, is instrumental in bringing the crooks to justice. The semi-documentary style of The Blue Lamp could not help but have been an influence on Jack Webb's Dragnet. Jack Warner proved so popular in the character of George Dixon that he was brought back from the dead to star in the BBC TV series Dixon of Dock Green.

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partner, rookie, British, cop-killer, police