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Fires Were Started (1943)

A tale of firefighters in London during the Blitz.

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Humphrey Jennings
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Uncredited cast:
Philip Dickson Philip Dickson ... Walters (uncredited)
George Gravett George Gravett ... Dykes (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Johnny Daniels (uncredited)
Johnny Houghton Johnny Houghton ... S.H. Jackson (uncredited)
Loris Rey Loris Rey ... J. Rumbold (uncredited)
William Sansom William Sansom ... Fireman Playing the Piano (uncredited)
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A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then goes on his first mission with the crew as it attempts to save an explosives warehouse on Trinidad Street near the London docks. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | War

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Courage Under Fire
14 September 2020 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

I stand be corrected, but I don't think we actually see any enemy planes in this reenactment of one day (and night) in the life of a team of firefighters using actual firemen, which treats the Blitz more like a natural disaster than an act of aggression from abroad.

The cast of 'Fires Were Started' were all non-professionals, but Wally Patch later briefly appeared unbilled as a civil defence warden arriving alongside Dr. Reeves in 'A Matter of Life and Death' to remind us that people were killed doing this job; and ending the film in wartime with the funeral of one of the team required considerable horsetrading with the authorities.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was a Fireman See more »

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Crown Film Unit See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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