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The Girl on the Pier

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The Girl on the Pier
Directed byLance Comfort
Written byGuy Morgan
Produced byLance Comfort
John Temple-Smith
StarringVeronica Hurst
Ron Randell
Charles Victor
CinematographyWilliam McLeod
Edited byGerald Landau
Music byRay Terry
Eric Robinson
Major Pictures
Distributed byApex Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Girl on the Pier is a 1953 British crime film produced by John Temple-Smith, directed by Lance Comfort and starring Veronica Hurst, Ron Randell, Brian Roper, Campbell Singer and Anthony Valentine.[1][2]


The story of rivalry between a Brighton dance band crooner who has done time for robbery and his partner in crime, a waxworks proprietor who is now being blackmailed for a share of the loot. [3]

Inspector Chubb (Charles Victor) dictates a warrant for arrest for murder. He then takes a car to the railway station where he catches a train to Brighton with his wife and young son. Cathy, their teenage daughter chats up a young crime reporter, Ronnie Hall, at the bar.

On Brighton Pier ex-convict Nick Lane goes to challenge Joe Hammond regarding missing loot from a previous crime. He reveals that Hammond used to be called Harper. Nick clearly likes Joe's young wife, Rita. In Joe's Wax Museum: Chamber of Horrors adjacent young Charlie Chubb (a very young Anthony Valentine) hears part of the conversation. His mum (Marjorie Rhodes) finds him still hanging around the pier amusements.

At the dance on the pier Nick hooks up with Rita and gets inside information on Joe. Hammond spots them kissing under the pier. After Rita leaves they fight. Nick wins and also threatens to blackmail him.

Rita also seems to be having an affair with the handsome band singer on the pier. He also taunts Joe.

Joe demands that Rita does not see Nick again. While Rita sees Nick on the beach Joe empties the safe and also takes out a revolver. Charlie is asked to take the band singer a note. Charlie thinks he sees Joe kill Rita and tells his dad... but Rita is still alive.

The singer tells the young reporter that Hammond is Harper.

The reporter Cathy and Charlie go to the library and find newspaper cuttings connecting Nick to "Harper" in a robbery 4 years before. Charlie saw a rehearsal and the murder will happen that night. Charlie tails Hammond/Harper. The reporter tells his dad their theory.

Despite the warning in advance, Nick gets shot by Hammond (who has disguised himself as a clown in his waxworks) without police intervention. Rita arrives and faints. When the police arrive Hammond "hides in plain sight" as a waxwork but Charlie sees him move. A pursuit across and then under the pier ensues.

Hammond falls in the sea and drowns.


Critical reception

Allmovie wrote that the film "doesn't pretend to be a classic; on its own terms, it's an agreeable 65 minutes out of your life."[4]


  1. ^ "The Girl on the Pier". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb.
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (10 August 2019). "Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty". Filmink.
  3. ^ "The Girl on the Pier (1953)". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012.
  4. ^ "The Girl on the Pier (1953) - Lance Comfort - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".

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