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Director  Lewis Gilbert
Music director  Wilfred Burns
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Thriller
Running time  1h 30m
Country  United Kingdom
Emergency Call movie poster
Release date  May 24, 1952
Writer  Lewis Gilbert, Vernon Harris
Initial release  May 20, 1952 (United Kingdom)
Screenplay  Lewis Gilbert, Vernon Harris
Cast  Jack Warner, Anthony Steel, Joy Shelton, Sid James, Earl Cameron, Thora Hird
Similar movies  Related Lewis Gilbert movies

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Emergency Call is a British film released in 1952 by Nettlefold Films. The film was directed by Lewis Gilbert and stars Jack Warner in a familiar role playing a policeman, Anthony Steel, Joy Shelton and Sid James as a dubious boxing promoter.


The film was remade in 1962 as Emergency starring Glyn Houston.

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The film centres around a race against the clock to locate three blood donors each able to donate one pint of a rare type of blood to save the life of a young girl suffering from leukaemia. The doctor in charge of treating the girl enlists the assistance of police officer Inspector Lane in order to assist in the search for suitable donors. The three donors are each from very different backgrounds, a white boxer, a black sailor, and finally a murderer who has been on the run from the police for a number of years. The boxer's donation is fairly straightforward, having only to avoid his manager, the sailor's donation is more complicated, following a war-time incident where a dying Nazi soldier refused to accept his offer of a donation which he attributes to racism, he initially refuses to donate, until it is explained to him that the Nazi officer refused his donation for reasons that can be attributed to the Nazi's Master race ideology.

The final donor is a murderer on the run from the police, living under an assumed name. The police eventually locate the man and he suffers a gunshot injury. He must choose to donate the last pint of blood needed and die at the scene from blood loss, or to refuse to donate in order to receive treatment in hospital but with the knowledge he will surely be found guilty of murder at trial and sentenced to death. The criminal chooses to donate and the young girl survives.


  • Jack Warner as Inspector Lane
  • Anthony Steel as Dr. Carter
  • Joy Shelton as Laura Bishop
  • Sid James as Danny Marks
  • Earl Cameron as George Robinson
  • John Robinson as Dr. Braithwaite
  • Thora Hird as Mrs. Cornelius
  • Eric Pohlmann as Flash Harry
  • Sydney Tafler as Brett
  • Geoffrey Hibbert as Jackson
  • Henry Hewitt as Mr. Wilberforce
  • Vida Hope as Brenda
  • Avis Scott as Marie
  • Freddie Mills as Tim Mahoney
  • Peggy Bryan as Ward Sister
  • Bruce Seton as Sergeant Bellamy
  • Anna Turner as Mrs. Jackson
  • Nosher Powell as Boy Booth
  • Campbell Singer as Sergeant Phillips
  • Nigel Clarke as Superintendent Travers
  • Release

    Abner Greshler bought the rights to distribute the film in the US as Hundred Dollar Hunt. He also announced he signed Gilbert and Steel to make a film in Hollywood, The Black Robin. This did not eventuate.


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