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Tony (Dane Clark) is a gangster from the USA who has come over to
London to run a line of nightclubs and gambling dens, and both his
business sense and his ruthlessness have brought him to the top before
long - and being at the top, he can even afford to oppose the Colonna boys
(Eric Pohlmann, Enzo Coticchia), a gangster duo from Italy who wants to
take over his organisation - using whatever needs necessary.
But Tony has also a softer side, one that makes him want to be a member
of British aristocracy, and to that end he tries to learn decent manners
and the like - even though in his heart he might always remain a gangster.
Then he meets Lady Susan Willens (Naomi Chance), member of a somewhat
impoverished noble family who is somewhat tired of aristocrats and who
soon falls in love with rather wild but gentle Tony, because he is
different from all the aristocrats she knows.
Before long though, Susan's brother Peter (Anthony Forwood) and her dad
(Percy Marmont), who have invested in a goldmine, take an interest into
gangster Tony - or more precisely his money -, because they want him to
further finance the goldmine. With this, Tony sees his chance to go
legitimate and to really get involved with aristocracy, & thus
he finally does sell all his gambling dens and clubs to the Colonnas after
all and invests every last penny into the goldmine - bad idea, because
soon the whole goldmine business is uncovered as a hoax, and suddenly Tony
finds himself pennyless.
Meanwhile, a former employee of Tony, Jacko (George Pastell), whom Tony
fired because he stole some money, plots his revenge on Tony, and blows
the whistle on three gambling dens of the Colonnas (for whom he works
now), then convinces them that it was Tony who betrayed them.
Furiously, the Colonnas have Tony's best friend (Meredith Edwards)
shot, which in turn causes Tony to plot revenge.
It all culminates in a shootout in which the Colonnas and Jacko are all
shot, but Tony emerges unharmed - only to be, run over by his former lover
Pat (Kathleen Byron) who just couldn't stand losing him when leaving the
scene of the crime ...
The film ends with Tony breathing his last in Susan's arms.
In parts, this film isn't uninteresting, but overall, it suffers from a
weak and directionless script that introduces way too many narrative
threads for the film's relatively short running time (approx 75
minutes), only to have all of them resolved rather suddenly in the finale
leaving open way too many questions. Pity.