The Yellow Balloon

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1953
  • Running time: 76 min
One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who has just killed a pub owner during a botched robbery, learns of the accident. read more

One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who has just killed a pub owner during a botched robbery, learns of the accident. He poses as Frankie's friend and blackmails the boy into stealing from his parents to finance Len's escape. When Len decides that Frankie may know enough to connect him with the murder, he decides to silence the boy in a tense "hide and seek" chase through the ruins.

Original Release

02/10/1953

Cast

Andrew Ray Frankie
Kathleen Ryan Em
Kenneth More Ted
William Sylvester Len
Bernard Lee Constable Chapman
Sidney James Barrow Boy (as Sydney James)
Peter Jones Spiv
Marjorie Rhodes Mrs. Stokes
Eliot Makeham Pawnbroker
Veronica Hurst Sunday School Teacher
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

J. Lee Thompson

Writers

Anne Burnaby, J. Lee Thompson

Cast

Andrew Ray Frankie
Kathleen Ryan Em
Kenneth More Ted
William Sylvester Len
Bernard Lee Constable Chapman
Sidney James Barrow Boy (as Sydney James)
Peter Jones Spiv
Marjorie Rhodes Mrs. Stokes
Eliot Makeham Pawnbroker
Veronica Hurst Sunday School Teacher
Sandra Dorne Iris
Hy Hazell Mary
Campbell Singer Potter
Laurie Main Bibulous Customer
Hilda Barry Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Peggy Ann Clifford Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Brenda De Banzie Fruit and Veg Stall Customer (uncredited)
Edward Evans PC Patterson (uncredited)
Richard O'Sullivan Boy Singing at Sunday School (uncredited)
John Pike Urchin (uncredited)

Producers

Robert Clark Executive Producer
Victor Skutezky Producer

Editors

Richard Best

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