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No Trees in the Street (1959)

Surrounded by new 1950s East End high-rise flats, a London detective thinks back to how different things were in the late 1930s. Then it was an area of overcrowded tenements teeming with ... See full summary »

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Hetty Martin
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Ronald Howard ...
Detective Sergeant Frank Collins
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Kipper
Joan Miller ...
Jess Martin
Melvyn Hayes ...
Tommy Martin
Liam Redmond ...
Bill
Carole Lesley ...
Lova
Lana Morris ...
Marje
Lily Kann ...
Mrs. Sarah Jacobson
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Jokel
Edwin Richfield ...
Jackie
Campbell Singer ...
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Lloyd Lamble ...
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Kenny
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Surrounded by new 1950s East End high-rise flats, a London detective thinks back to how different things were in the late 1930s. Then it was an area of overcrowded tenements teeming with impoverished unemployed people with little or no hope. He relates the story of attractive young Hetty who desperately tried to stop her younger brother descending into crime while her mother was endlessly urging her to take up with Wilkie, a smooth local racketeer, in the belief this would get the family out of poverty. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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January 1964 (USA)  »

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Inga träd på gatan  »

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Hetty: [to Wilkie, the local mob boss, after her brother is killed] You killed him, months ago you killed him! You said you wanted to help him. You never helped anyone the whole of your rotten life! You're greedy and wicked, you're a devil, you're a devil to boys like Tommy! Your smart suits, your sweet talk and your easy money!
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A well structured portrayal of an old story
25 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The story is much used – a family being dragged down by their dead end street – but this one stands up okay. Hetty (Sylvia Sims) is caught between tearaway brother Michael (Melvyn Hayes) and smoothy gangster Wilkie (Herbert Lom). While Ronald Howard's Frank dances a fine line between being a cop and supporting his neighbourhood.

A decent story develops as Frank, Michael & Wilkie weave in and out of Hetty's life. The film introduces a number of rich supporting characters to complement the story.

The actors measure their roles well although Hayes' emotion tends to grate. Lom is the pick as the gangster who can switch between menacing and tender without any difficulty.

7 out of 10


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