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Fires Were Started (1943)

A tale of firefighters in London during the Blitz.

Director:

Humphrey Jennings
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Cast

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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The firefighting scenes are reconstructions, not actual events. The director set fire to some already bombed buildings and the firemen demonstrated their methods of putting out a blaze. See more »

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Poetry
28 October 1999 | by danbpearSee all my reviews

Fires Were Started has no stock footage. However, it is similar to such in that an ignorant 1990s eye risks being unable to see through the strangeness of 1940s Britain to the lives and tensions portrayed in this film. Fires Were Started is a witty, poetic account of the war effort understood as the acts of everyday Londoners. You can work hard watching it dissecting the poetic sequences of imagery; you can take it easy and enjoy the people we meet or you can follow the exciting narrative of 24 hours during the bombing of London. Poetry.


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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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Production Co:

Crown Film Unit See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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