Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats, life in Bethnal Green is changing for the Flints. Dad may decide to quit the docks and their daughter ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Catherine Donovan
Michael Sarne ...
Ricky Flint (as Mike Sarne)
Matt Flint
Doris Hare ...
Lil Flint
John Slater ...
Jack Ellerman
David Andrews ...
William Marlowe ...
Charlie Batey
Michael Wynne ...
Jerry Verno ...
Nobby Knowles


Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats, life in Bethnal Green is changing for the Flints. Dad may decide to quit the docks and their daughter wants a new home with her husband and expected baby. Son Ricky is dissatisfied with his lot and equally eager to get away. Involved with a planned robbery of the cigarette factory where he works, his life becomes even more complicated when he gets involved with quirky Catherine. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

27 April 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bethnal Green  »

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Did You Know?


Scenes for this film were shot at Clapton Greyhound Stadium. Clapton dog track opened 1928, closed 1974. See more »


When Ricky 'borrows' his brother-in-law's lorry, the front left headlight isn't working. In the next shot it is and then isn't again subsequently. See more »


Featured in Welsh Greats: Doris Hare (2012) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Charles Blackwell
In Collaboration with Michael Sarne (as Mike Sarne)
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The 'lovely Rita Tushingham?'
26 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After reading the first review of this film I was tempted to say that the reviewer should have gone to Specsavers. Talking about 'the lovely Rita Tushingham' made me think this. She may have been a good actress, but lovely she certainly wasn't. Mike Sarne used this film as a vehicle to prove that not only he couldn't sing, but couldn't act either. The one saving grace for me as someone who worked in Bethnal Green around this time the film was made was the jogging of my memory of streets, neighbourhood and people long gone. The sight of Doris Hare belittling Bernard Lee at the family meal table was as embarrassing as the bedroom clinch they later shared. The scene where Lee sets light to the Christmas decorations is just laughable and how Sarne and Tushingham spent time canoodling in a derelict bombed out building probably running alive with rats was as ridiculous as casting John Slater as the local gangster. Like Lee who played an escapologist (not a very good one at that)who struggled to free himself of the chains he was bound by, I couldn't get out of the cinema quick enough!

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