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A Place to Go (1963)

| Crime, Drama | July 1963 (UK)
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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Ricky Flint (as Mike Sarne)
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Matt Flint
Doris Hare ...
Lil Flint
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Jim
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Charlie Batey
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Nobby Knowles
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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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Scenes for this film were shot at Clapton Greyhound Stadium. Clapton dog track opened 1928, closed 1974. See more »

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When Ricky's brother-in-law's lorry is on fire, Ricky looks out of his bedroom window which is at the front of the house. Yet, in the closing scene there is no suitable place that the lorry could have been parked. There is no waste ground visible, just a long street. See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Charles Blackwell
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Michael Sarne is drawn to Rita Tushingham and to crime
10 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Place to Go" is a reasonably engaging mixture of kitchen sink drama and crime story.

The kitchen sink parts revolve around the lives of the Flint family who live in a crowded slum house. Bernard Lee is the dad who loses his job and takes to being a street performer of sorts, escaping from chains. The mom is Doris Hare. They have two grown sons, one married with child, making the place crowded.

Lee hates John Slater, who is the local gangster, but Slater dangles possible loot in front of Lee's son Sarne, and the latter recruits his brother to drive the truck. Sarne has a job where he can short-circuit the burglar alarm.

A good dose of the movie is romance in the East End. Both the romance and the place are boisterous and unique. Sarne competes with William Marlowe, who is in Slater's gang, for the affections of the feisty Rita Tushingham. Another dose is the family and pub life of the family.

Slater hangs out at the dog track, so we see that too.

The heist is the most suspenseful part of the film, well done, with good night photography. Noir fans will like it.

If your expectations are not too high, you will find some entertainment here. Tushingham's roles are typically interesting, and this one is. Lee is a veteran and can bolster almost any scene. Slater's gangster is not violent, and yet the violence seems latent.


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