Theatrical release: February 1947.
Shot on location in Central London (including Docklands and Covent Garden) and at Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England.
Before he wrote HUE AND CRY, T.E.B. Clarke worked on the scripts of four previous Ealing films, including director Charles Crichton's first movie, FOR THOSE IN PERIL, and the striking DEAD OF NIGHT. HUE AND CRY was Clarke's first comedy, and it was to provide the model for his later Ealing comedies, which include Crichton's THE LAVENDER HILL MOB--for which Clarke won an Oscar--Henry Cornelius's PASSPORT TO PIMLICO, Crichton's THE TITFIELD THUDERBOLT, and Charles Frend's BARNACLE BILL.
The music for HUE AND CRY was written by Georges Auric (1899-1983). Auric had a long and very distinguished career as a film music composer. In France, he wrote scores for Max Ophuls and Rene Clair; for Henri-Georges Clouzot, Rene Clement and Jules Dassin; for Roger Vadim and Georges Franju; for Julien Duvivier and Jean Delannoy; and above all for Jean Cocteau. In Britain, in addition to his work with Charles Crichton, he composed music for Jack Clayton, Robert Hamer, Henry Cornelius, and Thorold Dickinson. And the Hollywood directors for whom Auric composed scores included John Huston, Anatole Litvak, Otto Preminger, and William Wyler.