The Flanagan Boy

The Flanagan Boy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Screenplay by Guy Elmes
Richard H. Landau
Based on The Flanagan Boy
by Max Catto
Starring Barbara Payton
Music by Ivor Slaney
Cinematography Walter J. Harvey
Edited by James Needs
Distributed by Lippert Pictures (USA)
Exclusive Films (UK)
Release dates
  • 10 April 1953 (1953-04-10)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Flanagan Boy (released in the United States as Bad Blonde) is a 1953 British film noir directed by Reginald Le Borg. It was made by Hammer Film Productions and stars Barbara Payton, Tony Wright, Frederick Valk and Sid James. The Flanagan Boy was based on the novel of the same name by Max Catto.[1]


A shady promoter (James) spots a young boxer (Wright) and takes him under his wing, in an attempt to launch a comeback into prizefighting. He secures the backing of a wealthy Italian (Valk), but problems start to arise when the fighter becomes romantically involved with the millionaire's wife (Payton).


Barbara Payton in the film


  1. Mayer, Geoff (2012). Historical Dictionary of Crime Films. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-810-87900-X.

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