January 2, 2017


A Cry from the Streets – 1958 | 92 mins | Drama | B&W


Plot Synopsis

A Cry from the Streets

Touching and episodic look at a welfare worker caring for homeless and deprived young children from a London halfway house; a little dated today but a fascinating document of its time. Director Lewis Gilbert extracts appealing performances from two popular Australian child players of the time, Colin Petersen and Dana Wilson, and entertainer Max Bygraves provides a sensitive portrayal in one of his better big-screen outings.

The adventures and heartache of a group of deprived East End children in the care of stubborn social worker Ann Fairley (Barbara Murray). The children are fostered at Ranleigh House in the care of Mrs. Daniels (Mona Washbourne), where Ann again encounters cheery electrician Bill Lowther (Max Bygrave). Bill, a widower who lost his son at a young age, becomes fond of Ann and subsequently begins to involve himself in her child welfare work.

Production Team

Lewis Gilbert: Director
John Stoll: Art Direction
Harry Gillam: Cinematography
Peter R Hunt: Film Editing
Joyce James: Makeup Department
Jim Hydes: Makeup Department
Max Bygraves: Music Department
Muir Mathieson: Music Direction
Larry Adler: Original Music
Ian Dalrymple: Producer
Vernon Harris: Script
Bill Bulkley: Sound Department
Ken Cameron: Sound Department
John Glen: Sound Department


Max Bygraves: Bill Lowther
Barbara Murray: Ann Fairley
Colin Petersen: Georgie
Dana Wilson: Barbie Taylor
Kathleen Harrison: Mae Farrer
Sean Barrett: Don Farrer
Mona Washbourne: Mrs Daniels
Eleanor Summerfield: Gloria

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