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NIGEL PATRICK IN 'UNDERWORLD INFORMERS' AKA 'THE INFORMERS'

Year: 1963 Rating: ***1/2

No matter what title's used, UNDERWORLD INFORMERS or simply THE INFORMERS, it's right up front about those shady characters desperate enough to run to the law and name names: Only here it's Scotland Yard's Nigel Patrick who takes foot after them... actually one particular snitch/snout in a newly-slain informer's ex-con brother Colin Blakely, so intensely energetic he needed far more screen time...

But it's pretty boy criminal Derren Nesbitt on the freewheeling forefront, strutting his wealth as he and more cautious partner Frank Finlay hang out in a crowded nightclub while their planned bank/safe heist (after several previous knockoffs) happens simultaneously elsewhere...

And so Nigel Patrick's Chief Inspector John Edward Johnnoe... vulnerable to strict chief Harry Andrews since he cuts corners to begin with... dives into a dog-eat-dog plot saturated enough for three crime flicks while curbed by two dames that, like any Noir, has one naive the other wicked. Unfortunately the gorgeous Katherine Woodville is benign and underused as the cop's wife, leaving the good stuff to bad girl/moll Margaret Whiting who, despite framing our hero, is equally sympathetic as a single mom mentally and physically abused by that rich pompous crime lord Nesbitt... And yet he really has the most fun since, unlike everyone else... dizzy from all the complicated bedlam... he's grinning till the end, and with an unapologetic villainy that — possibly inspired by the likes of Robinson and Cagney — becomes downright infectious.

Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Darren Nesbitt and Frank Finley in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Michael Coles and Colin Blakely in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Nigel Patrick in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Margaret Whiting and Darren Nesbitt in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Frank Finley in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Colin Blakely in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Allan Cuthbertson and Nigel Patrick in THE INFORMERS
Michael Coles and Colin Blakely in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Michael Coles in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Margaret Whiting and Derrin Nesbitt in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS

 Faye Craig from Jungle Street Girls here in THE INFORMERS
And here's Faye Craig in JUNGLE STREET aka JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Faye Craig in JUNGLE STREET aka JUNGLE STREET GIRLS and...
Back to THE INFORMERS with Faye Craig and Derren Nesbitt
Derren Nesbitt and Nigel Patrick in UNDERWORLD INFORMERS
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS with Nigel Patrick
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS with Ronald Hines
Margaret Whiting and Darren Nesbitt in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Margaret Whiting and Darren Nesbitt in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS
Ken Richmond (Night and the City) as the RANK Films gong guy
The actual title then for THE INFORMERS is THE INFORMERS
Based on the short story DEATH OF A SNOUT
Katherine Woodville in UNDERGROUND INFORMERS with Nigel Patrick
Frank Finlay in UNDERWORLD INFORMERS
Margaret Whiting and Nigel Patrick in UNDERWORLD INFORMERS
Future The Party's Over beauty Katherine Woodville in THE INFORMERS
Police Chief Harry Anders with Katherine Woodville in THE INFORMERS
Michael Coles with Margaret Whiting in UNDERWORLD INFORMERS
Frank Finlay in UNDERWORLD INFORMERS with Derren Nesbitt

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