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The Weapon (film)

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The Weapon
"The Weapon" (1956).jpg
Directed byVal Guest
Hal E. Chester (uncredited)
Written byHal E. Chester
Fred Freiberger
Produced byFrank Bevis
Hal E. Chester
StarringSteve Cochran
Lizabeth Scott
Herbert Marshall
Nicole Maurey
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byPeter Rolfe Johnson
Music byJames Stevens
Periclean Productions
Distributed byEros Films
Republic Pictures (US)
Release date
September 1956
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Weapon is a 1956 black and white British thriller film directed by Val Guest and starring Steve Cochran, Lizabeth Scott, Herbert Marshall, and Nicole Maurey. It was made by Republic Pictures.[1] Its themes were originally explored in the 1951 British film The Yellow Balloon.[2]

The film was shot in the east end of London and at Walton Studios, with sets designed by art director John Stoll.


Elsa Jenner (Lizabeth Scott) is an Amnerican-born war widow who lives in London with her young son Erik. While playing with friends in Aldersgate, Erik hides in the basement of a bomb-damaged building, Erik finds a handgun stuck in a lump of concrete. As all the boys try to pull it free, it accidentally fires a shot from Erik's hands, hitting another boy. Believing he has killed his friend, Erik runs away.

A policeman relates the events to his mother and explains the boy who was shot is alive but in hospital.

Efforts to locate Erik are led by US Army Captain Mark Andrews (Steve Cochran), who soon discovers that the gun which Erik found has a past, and was used in a murder during the war. This background causes a dangerous criminal to pursue the young boy. Erik goes to the cafe where his mum usually works but she is not there. He runs off again just before she arrives with Cpt Andrews. As he inches closer to finding Erik, Andrews comes across Vivienne Pascal (Nicole Maurey), a dance-hall hostess with a connection to the gun's original owner. But she has all but lost her faith in all things good, declaring to Andrews: "I am dead." As Captain Andrews interviews her she is shot through the window by Henry. Andrews pursues him but is overpowered in an empty factory. Disturbed by a policeman Henry jumps out of a window into the Thames.

As Andrews continues his investigation into the gun's whereabouts, Erik's mother Elsa finally locates her son with the helpful assistance of relative stranger Joshua Henry. He falsely alleges that Erik had stolen a bottle of milk from him. Henry starts wooing Elsa, and is at her house when Erik calls. They go to pick him up in Henry's car. Henry persuades them to take him to the gun which is hidden in a ruin. They debate the milk theft and it becomes clear that Henry has ill intentions, prompting Elsa to push Erik out of the car and run away. The car crashes on a bomb site and Elsa is pulled from the wreckage. Henry runs after the boy, on a bomb site and catches him.

At the crash site, members of the public come to Elsa's aid. Among them is Captain Andrews, with whom Elsa pleads not to worry about her, and to save her son instead. Andrews immediately enters the old building into which Henry was seen running, and Andrews and Henry fight their way higher and higher in the building. Henry falls from the rooftop and is killed.


Critical reception

Britmovie called the film "a well-crafted, energetic suspense thriller",[2] while Leonard Maltin called it a "minor but trim story of youngster who accidentally shoots his pal and runs away."[3]

External links

See also


  1. ^ "The Weapon". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Weapon".
  3. ^ "The Weapon (1957) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
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