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A movie for Foyle’s War fans

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As I have admitted, I returned reluctantly to Netflix Watch Instantly: their library of available films is simply too good to ignore. Last night I watched The Blue Lamp, a 1949 police procedural set in London and more or less displaying the full structure and regular working of a London police station with more emphasis on the uniformed officer side and less on the CID, but both actively involved.

It’s quite interesting in the Foyle’s War context, though made and set in 1949, four years after cessation of hostilities. One can see that London is still very much rebuilding after the bombing raids. (I get the impression that there is more talk about the Allied bombing of German civilians than about the Nazi bombing of the civilian population of London that preceded it. That, I think, reflects that the Allies and their descendents hold themselves to a higher moral standard than was expected from the Nazis, who seem to have lacked all moral standards.)

One scene also features an enormous number of unsupervised children who would have been born around the time US troops filled England: 1943 and the following years. Whether there was indeed an upsurge in fatherless children at the time, I have no idea.

Toward the end, there is a totally fascinating—and almost documentary—scene showing the gesture-language developed by race-track bookies. The filmmakers were clearly enchanted and included quite a bit. I wonder whether anyone today would understand that language: that sort of thing tends to die out quickly once the last generation goes. (No need for it once cellphones became common—though the gesture-language has the advantage of being broadcast: all who see the person making the gestures will get the message (if they understand the language).)

The movie is well made and moves right along, but the look in the immediate post-WWII past in what interested me the most.

Written by Leisureguy

11 March 2012 at 8:53 am

Posted in Movies & TV

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  1. Added this one to my Netflix queue, too, so thanks again!

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    pwillow1

    11 March 2012 at 1:57 pm


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