Pool of London (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Pool of London (1951)





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Bonar Colleano, who spent the war years playing featured roles in British films as likeably cocky Americans, heads the cast of Pool of London. Ever his brass, cheeky self, Colleano is cast as Dan MacDonald, a sailor who dabbles in a bit of smuggling, just for the fun of it. The fun is over when he gets mixed up with a gang of jewel thieves who have a habit of framing others for their crimes. At the risk of his own neck, MacDonald must extricate his best friend Johnny (Earl Cameron) from a murder charge. Pool of London ran into censorship troubles in the U.S. because of its depiction of a romance between Cameron, a black actor, and Susan Shaw, a white actress.


Bonar Colleano
as Dan MacDonald
Earl Cameron
as Johnny Lambert
Max Adrian
as Vernon
John Longden
as Inspector Williamson
Laurence Naismith
as Commissioner
Beckett Bould
as Watchman
Victor Maddern
as Tram Conductor
Sam Kydd
as 2nd Engineer
Mai Bacon
as Barmaid
Mavis Villiers
as Drinking Club Blonde
Michael Ward
as Pianist
George Merritt
as Captain of Dunbar
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Critic Reviews for Pool of London

All Critics (3)

[Director of Photography] Gordon Hines paints a gritty portrait of post-war London, but it's really the stymied sexual tension between Cameron and Shaw which allows Pool of London its key interests.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Like many of the best film noirs, Pool of London manages to sneak something extra into what is primarily a crime film-a tender romance between a Jamaican sailor and a white London woman...

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Pool of London has the elements of an average melodrama, but they are never satisfactorily brought together, and the result is a diffuse film, lacking shape and control.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pool of London


a very good thriller about two sailors, a cocky american and his jamaican buddy, who inadvertently get involved in a diamond heist and can't find a clean way out. the film had trouble with u.s. censors for portraying a romantic relationship between the black sailor and a young white londoner. its' exploration of race relations is far ahead of its' time

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