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The Bells Go Down (1943)

TV-G | | Drama, War | 17 May 1943 (UK)
Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire... See full summary »

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Stephen Black (adapted from the book of the same title), Roger MacDougall (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ... Tommy Turk
James Mason ... Ted Robbins
Philip Friend ... Bob
Mervyn Johns ... Sam
William Hartnell ... Brookes (as Billy Hartnell)
Finlay Currie ... District Officer MacFarlane
Philippa Hiatt Philippa Hiatt ... Nan
Meriel Forbes ... Susie
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Ma Turk
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Pa Robbins
Muriel George ... Ma Robbins
Julian Vedey Julian Vedey ... Lou Freeman
Richard George Richard George ... PC O'Brien
H Victor Weske H Victor Weske ... Peters (as Victor Weske)
Leslie Harcourt Leslie Harcourt ... Alfie Parrott
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Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire bombings of WWII. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Fire Scenes That Scorch the Screen in a 5-Alarm Thriller!

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Drama | War

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Goofs

When Tommy goes out on his first AFS call the taxi he gets into is all black but when he arrives at the fire the body work is light coloured although the number plate is the same. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: AUGUST 27th 1939. See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Hundredth
(uncredited)
Hymn tune from The Geneva Psalter
Arranged by Roy Douglas
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An excellent record of the courage of fire-fighters during the London "Blitz" in 1940
9 August 2000 | by Edgar PoleSee all my reviews

The film is set in London during the "Blitz" in 1940. The story follows Tommy Trinder's character from his enrolment in the Auxiliary Fire Service, through his training and eventual fire-fighting duties during air raids. The style of the film now appears very dated but is a fascinating snapshot of the period. Trinder's acting is a little wooden, the special effects are crude but it provides an excellent historical record of the courage and high esteem in which London's fire-fighters were held and the tasks they faced during the period.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Londres em Chamas See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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