Hell Is a City (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hell Is a City (1960)





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With an award-winning screenplay by director Val Guest, this is a first-rate cops-and-robbers crime drama about a dangerous escaped convict and the police inspector who goes after him. The gritty industrial city of Manchester and its outlying moors provide a somber backdrop to the action. Inspector Martineau (Stanley Baker) suspects that the escaped thief, Don Starling (John Crawford) is going to return to Manchester to retrieve a cache of jewels he hid away before being convicted. The sudden, brutal murder of a woman and the missing money she was carrying, tips the Inspector off that his suspicions were right. He starts tracking down the killer and the gang of men he knows must be working with him, as suspense builds at every turn. The gang falls one by one, until only the killer is left. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Stanley Baker
as Inspector Martineau
John Crawford
as Don Starling
Donald Pleasence
as Gus Hawkins
Maxine Audley
as Julia Martineau
Billie Whitelaw
as Chloe Hawkins
Joseph Tomelty
as Furnisher Steele
George A. Cooper
as Doug Savage
Vanda Godsell
as Lucky Lusk
Charles Houston
as Clogger Roach
Joby Blanshard
as Tawny Jakes
Charles Morgan
as Laurie Lovett
Peter Madden
as Bert Darwin
Lois Daine
as Cecily
Warren Mitchell
as Traveller
Sarah Branch
as Silver Steele
Russell Napier
as Superintendent
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Critic Reviews for Hell Is a City

All Critics (4)

Little detection is needed with a gang so improbably stupid as not to notice dye on their fingers, and the toughness caricatures itself in the final bedroom scene, a classic of unintended comedy.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

harkens back to the pulp serials where noir was birthed

August 10, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

It's a gritty Hammer story.

February 11, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hell Is a City

a great forgotten effort from hammer sci fi director val guest. the underrated stanley baker stars as a police inspector tracking an escaped killer through manchester's underworld. great character development and suspense

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