Gideon's Day (1958)

Gideon of Scotland Yard
Feature Film | Police Procedural | UK | English | 1h31m
Dir: John Ford | Scr: T.E.B. Clarke | Novel: J.J. Marric | Ph: Frederick A. Young | Prod: Michael Killanin | Mus: Douglas Gamley | Ed: Raymond Poulton | AD: Ken Adam | Snd: Peter Thornton | Cast: Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee, Anna Massey, Andrew Ray, Frank Lawton, Michael Trubshawe, Grizelda Hervey, Jack Watling, Cyril Cusack, Maureen Potter, Miles Malleson, Francis Crowdy

Depicting a day in the life of Inspector George Gideon – from breakfast to supper – Gideon's Day (aka Gideon of Scotland Yard) proves tremendously entertaining viewing. As it takes in episodes involving an escaped psychiatric patient wanted for murder, a gang of payroll thieves, a bent copper, a trio of pilfering toffs, several aborted attempts at taking on food, and a destined-to-be-missed child’s concert the tone of Ford’s generally light-hearted film oscillates between the serious and the comic, with plenty of laughs, tears, and winces along the way. Excellent production design, striking photography, and a raft of charismatic performances combine to good effect.