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TRACK THE MAN DOWN

            

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 30, 2015

The British caper thriller “Track the Man Down” (1955, b/w) follows a hood (George Rose) after a dog-racing robbery in which he was involved falls apart. But he manages to get away with the loot and the film follows his attempts to elude both police and his criminal gang.

American actor Kent Taylor plays a reporter hot on the story but for baby boomers the real draw may be the presence of 20-something Petula Clark as the sister of Rose’s girlfriend (Ursula Howells), who winds up holding the cash.

Clark, most famous to American audiences as a pop singer (“Downtown”) and as the star of two 1960s movie musicals (“Finian’s Rainbow,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”), was a star in England from the age of 11 and as a teenager began acting in a string of popular films there, sometimes singing and sometimes not. Here, it’s a straight dramatic role.

         

         Kent Taylor, Petula Clark, 'Track the Man Down'

“Track the Man Down” isn’t a great film but it’s a good one, filled with recognizable character actors (at least to viewers familiar with British films from this period) and a few nice little story twists that keep things interesting.

And it’s now making its U.S. home-video debut on both DVD and Blu-ray, thanks to Olive Films, which has been offering up a lot of old movies that have never been on DVD, as well as reissues of films never before on Blu-ray.