Four working-class British teenage lads – Stan Coulter (Dudley Sutton), Barney Lee (Jess Conrad), Ginger Thompson (Tony Garnett) and Billy Herne (Roland Lacey) – are accused of robbing a garage and killing its elderly night watchman.
During their murder trial, a number of witnesses – and the four accused – relate their contradictory versions of events of the fateful night leading up to the fatal stabbing and the story unfolds through a series of flashbacks.
The witnesses include Roy Kinnear as a bus conductor who sees the boys knock an elderly lady over at the bus stop before they get on, Wilfrid Brambell as a toilet attendant who has an altercation with the lads and tries to throw them out, Colin Gordon as a cinema patron who has a trick played on him by Billy after which they have an argument, Carol White as a girl they pick up in a pub and finally Mavis Villiers as a pub landlady who appears to overhear the four having a recce at the petrol station and planning the robbery.
Robert Morley gives a commanding and charismatic performance as Montgomery, the defence counsel for the boys.
Kenneth J. Warren
Randolph St. John
Sidney J Furie