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Flame in the Streets (1961)

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A union leader in a large company tries to win equal rights for the handful of West Indian workers at the company, but finds it is an uphill battle. After being successful, and rightly ... See full summary »

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Jacko Palmer
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Kathie Palmer
Brenda de Banzie ...
Nell Palmer
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Gabriel Gomez
Johnny Sekka ...
Peter Lincoln
Ann Lynn ...
Judy Gomez
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Mr. Palmer senior
Meredith Edwards ...
Harry Mitchell
Newton Blick ...
Visser
Glyn Houston ...
Hugh Davies
Michael Wynne ...
Les
Dan Jackson ...
Jubilee
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Dowell
Gretchen Franklin ...
Mrs. Bingham
Harry Baird ...
Billy
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A union leader in a large company tries to win equal rights for the handful of West Indian workers at the company, but finds it is an uphill battle. After being successful, and rightly proud of his efforts, he finds that he and his wife have a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that his only daughter intends to marry a West Indian. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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20 December 1961 (Sweden)  »

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Fuego en las calles  »

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Wilfrid Brambell was actually four years younger than John Mills. See more »

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Remake of Armchair Theatre: Hot Summer Night (1959) See more »

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Knees Up, Mother Brown
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Written by Harris Weston and Bert Lee
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Tensions (rather stiltedly) boiling over...
7 March 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Working class Brits are simmering under racial tensions, in the warehouses and factories and the public pool, the catalyst being a hard-working black man getting the factory promotion coveted by the petty, envious whites (wasn't that the same situation in "Black Legion" from 1937?). John Mills plays a union organizer trying to bring peace to the locals, but confounded by the unexpected romance between his white daughter and a black teacher from the West Indies. Ted Willis adapted his play "Hot Summer Night", forgetting that screen material needs to be less theatrical, more subtle and sensitive. Each character spouts off with such pedagogic fervor, vigorously puffed up with their own righteous anger, that the main theme of tolerance is diffused (with that faux-calypso music playing, you'd think there would be more dancing than feuding!). OK melodrama; it beat "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" to the screen by several years, and a few of the performances are thoughtfully rendered. ** from ****


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