GenreCrime, Drama ProducerGilbert Church WriterJohn Gilling LanguageEnglish
Release dateJuly 1947 Initial releaseJuly 1947 (United Kingdom) CastMichael Atkinson (Danny Cruff), Myra O'Connell (Joan Davidson), Michael Medwin (Johnnie Fletcher), Frank Hawkins (Alf Davidson), Winifred Melville (Mrs. Davidson), Sid James (Eddie Clinton) Similar moviesJohn Gilling wrote the screenplay for Black Memory and directed Night Caller from Outer Space
Black Memory is a 1947 British crime film starring Michael Atkinson, Myra O'Connell and Michael Medwin and directed by Oswald Mitchell. It is most notable for the first screen appearance of Sid James, who would later go on to find fame in Ealing Comedies and the Carry on films. Also making her film acting debut in Black Memory was the Welsh-born actor, playwright, screenwriter and film director Jane Arden.
When his father is wrongly convicted and hanged for murder, son Danny poses as a juvenile delinquent, and ten years later manages to clear his father's name.
Michael Atkinson - Danny Cruff
Myra O'Connell - Joan Davidson
Michael Medwin - Johnnie Fletcher
Sid James (credited as Sydney James) - Eddie Clinton
Frank Hawkins - Alf Davidson
Jane Arden - Sally Davidson
Winifred Melville - Mrs. Davidson
Michael Conry - Carl Broach
Betty Miller - Mrs. Cruff
Arthur Brander - Rutford
Gerald Pring - Hawkins, the headmaster
Valerie Hulton - Miss Philpotts
Maurice Nicholas - Johnnie, as a boy
Malcolm Sommers - Danny, as a boy
TV Guide wrote, "Weak story, poor dialog; everyone's just kiddin' around" ; while Mystery File wrote, "it’s only in bits and pieces and occasional places that the plot rises above the purely pedestrian. If I were Leonard Maltin, the best I could give this movie would be 1½ stars out of five and I still think I’d be just a little bit generous if I did. Nonetheless, its historical significance is high, so I was glad to have had the opportunity to have seen it, and you may too."