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Shakedown, The (1960)

After being released from prison, vicious small-time crook Augie Cortona (Terence Morgan) discovers his old prostitution and protection racket territory has been taken over by a character called Gollar (Harry H. Corbett).

After dealing with Gollar, Augie sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency and photography studio run by his accomplice, a shabby but articulate photographer named Jessel Brown (Donald Pleasence).

Mildred (Hazel Court) is the hesitant (at first) student model for whom Augie develops a soft spot. What Augie doesn’t know (yet), is that Mildred is an undercover policewoman from the Vice Squad.

Bill Owen appears as Augie’s former cellmate and now right-hand man, David Spettigue. Jackie Collins – who appears as a model called Rita – was so tired of being referred to as “Joan Collins sister” that she used the name Lynn Curtis for this movie.

The Shakedown is a vivid, violent little British crime film which earned an ‘X’ certificate when it was released.

Augie Cortona
Terence Morgan
Mildred Eyde
Hazel Court
Jessel Brown
Donald Pleasence
David Spettigue
Bill Owen
Chief Inspector Bob Jarvis
Robert Beatty
Gollar
Harry H. Corbett
Zena
Gene Anderson
George
Eddie Byrne
John Arnold
John Salew
Miss Firbank
Georgina Cookson
Miss Ogilvie
Joan Haythorne
Nadia
Sheila Buxton
Grace
Dorinda Stevens
Sgt. Kershaw
Jack Lambert
Pinza
Charles Lamb
Bernie
Edward Judd
Winterton
Douglas Bradley-Smith
Sylvia
Linda Castle
Rita
Lynn Curtis (Jackie Collins)
Sarah
Leila Williams
Beryl
Pauline Dukes
Model
Angela Douglas
Harry Bowers
Neal Arden
Arnold’s Secretary
Wendy Peters

Director
John Lemont