The Case of Charles Peace Film Details
Overview: Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life–by day he’s a respected local businessman, but by night he’s a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.
Review: This seems to be “doing the rounds” again now, after being digitally remastered and a new copyright of 2009 added to it. It is an entertaining film about the strange double-life lead by Charlie Peace. A respected local business man by day, but with a quick and nasty temper that would only occasionally show through his more civilised persona during the day. At night he was a professional thief and raided houses in Manchester (UK) amongst other places. He was however a nasty and ruthless character who seemed not to hesitate to kill when he was cornered. I am at a loss to understand why history has been so kind to his memory? I remember reading a regular cartoon strip of his “exploits” in a comic as a child back in the 1970s, where he was portrayed as a “likable rogue” who was quick and could outwit the Police at every twist and turn. Even in the comic, he was not a good-looking individual and so should have been easy to identify for the Police. Perhaps like Dick Turpin, the British like a likable rogue, even if the truth is a lot less pleasant than the popular legend would have you believe? The film is relatively short and deals with his trial and so uses that to show you what he did. It is based on the official records, but left me feeling like it was only half a film – Either a lot was left out of the film, or the popular legends about him ascribe a great deal more to him than he ever did in real life. An enjoyable film that is certainly a 6 or 7 out of 10. If it is accurate, then there is little you can do about that, but if some of his exploits were indeed left out, then I wish they had been included in this film to round it out a bit more. Worth watching if you get the opportunity to see it. It does leave me wondering how many more of these “forgotten” little black and white gems there are that were made in Britain? Hopefully they will all see the light of day again in time…
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Also known as: The Case of Charles Peace