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Fires Were Started (1943)

 -  Drama | War  -  12 April 1943 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Philip Dickson ...
Walters (uncredited)
George Gravett ...
Dykes (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ...
Johnny Daniels (uncredited)
Johnny Houghton ...
S.H. Jackson (uncredited)
Loris Rey ...
J. Rumbold (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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I Was a Fireman  »

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The firefighting scenes are reconstructions, not actual events. The director set fire to some already bombed buildings and the firemen demonstrated their methods of putting out a blaze. See more »

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Another Masterpiece from Humphrey Jennings
19 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is a remarkable document. Jennings extracts actor-quality performances - plus that bit extra from using actual firemen and firewomen - from the cast. Add a good story, quality editing and Jennings' eye for a scene or situation and you have a real masterpiece.

Most of the East End of London has now been more successfully bombed by Hitler's successors - the planners and developers - but, miracle of miracles, the fire station at Wellclose Square is still there, back as a school again. Go there!

With respect to other reviews, stock footage IS used - but it doesn't detract. As for the reviewer from New York. I wonder if he can see this film in a more charitable light since 9-11?


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