Hue and Cry
A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies.
Wonderfully British 'Boy's Own' adventure 'lark', set in a romanticized post-war London, in which a gang of 'kids' (about 14 to 40) trap a gang of cartoonish crooks using a secret code in The Trump Comic. Absolute Joy. C'mon you chaps!
"This film, considered to be the first Ealing comedy, was filmed in London in 1947 and shows many scenes of the damage caused by wartime bombings. It's the story of a group of children tracking down a criminal gang and gives a lovely view of how teenagers and pre-teens behaved at that time. Alastair Sim was not on-screen for much of the film but he was brilliant when he was in the camera's gaze, whilst Jack Warner played a wonderfully evil baddie."
Truly a lovely and delightful gem; it struck me as a 1940s version of 'The Goonies', to be honest – and, quite simply, there's no way you can beat that!