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Fires Were Started (1943)

A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then ... See full summary »

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Philip Dickson ...
Walters (uncredited)
George Gravett ...
Dykes (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ...
Johnny Daniels (uncredited)
Johnny Houghton ...
S.H. Jackson (uncredited)
Loris Rey ...
J. Rumbold (uncredited)
William Sanson ...
Fireman playing the piano (uncredited)
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A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then goes on his first mission with the crew as it attempts to save an explosives warehouse on Trinidad Street near the London docks. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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12 April 1943 (UK)  »

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I Was a Fireman  »

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Poetry
28 October 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Fires Were Started has no stock footage. However, it is similar to such in that an ignorant 1990s eye risks being unable to see through the strangeness of 1940s Britain to the lives and tensions portrayed in this film. Fires Were Started is a witty, poetic account of the war effort understood as the acts of everyday Londoners. You can work hard watching it dissecting the poetic sequences of imagery; you can take it easy and enjoy the people we meet or you can follow the exciting narrative of 24 hours during the bombing of London. Poetry.


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