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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Game of Danger" or "A Game of Death")

 

directed by Lance Comfort
UK 1954

 

Story of how an outspoken young man is suspected of murder actually committed accidentally by small boy in play. Lance Comfort’s mildly suspenseful crime melodrama opens in flashback and builds to a predictable climax. The guilt-stricken performance of young Anthony Richmond lacks conviction, but fellow teenager Sean Barrett provides a more rounded sympathetic characterisation as his introverted friend. There’s also effective support from Jack Warner, Gordon Harker and Derek Farr.

Young Cliff Bonsell (Anthony Richmond) and his best friend, gramophone-loving Willy Maxted (Sean Barrett), regularly play in a disused US Army store depot where he lives with his widowed father (Jack Warner) in an old camp hut. Cliff is fascinated by guns but fails to comprehend the weapons true potential, and subsequently becomes a danger to the locals when he discovers an old service revolver and mistakes it for a toy. When out playing with Willy, Cliff encounters disliked local Ben Jones (Philip Saville), and recalling his fathers words that ‘when a thing ain’t wanted it’s better off dead’.

Excerpt of review from Britmovie located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 16 March 1954 (UK)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:25:30 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Image Gallery
• Promotional press release in pdf

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2014
Slimcase

Chapters 13

 

Comments

Kids in film noirs don't get much better than Bobby Driscoll in The Window,
but here is a great British thriller with a boy becoming our main noir protagonist, involuntary killing a person in the beginning of the film and causing injuries to another later on. The ironic original title Bang! You're Dead got changed in the US to Game of Danger. The film is directed by Lance Comfort - one of the most prolific directors in British noir and yet to be rediscovered outside UK.

 

Like many films in "The British Film" line from Network, the transfer on this single-layered disc was done by StudioCanal and it looks remarkable, with no damage on the print, good contrast and black levels. The mono soundtrack is decent; the title tune sung by Edmund Hockridge will be stuck in your head for day. The disc gets an image gallery and a 1-page promo press release in pdf file. A great B picture gets a release that we can recommend.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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