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Flame in the Streets (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 September 1961 (Ireland)
During the 1960s in Britain, tense race relations between whites and blacks are affecting the workplace, the family, the dating scene and the society at large.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Ted Willis (screenplay), Ted Willis (story)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Jacko Palmer
Sylvia Syms ... Kathie Palmer
Brenda de Banzie Brenda de Banzie ... Nell Palmer
Earl Cameron ... Gabriel Gomez
Johnny Sekka ... Peter Lincoln
Ann Lynn ... Judy Gomez
Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell ... Mr. Palmer senior
Meredith Edwards ... Harry Mitchell
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Visser
Glyn Houston ... Hugh Davies
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Les
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Jubilee
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Dowell
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Mrs. Bingham
Harry Baird ... Billy
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Storyline

A union leader in a large company tries to win equal rights for the handful of West Indian workers at the company, but finds it is an uphill battle. After being successful, and rightly proud of his efforts, he finds that he and his wife have a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that his only daughter intends to marry a West Indian. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Emotional Dynamite! See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1961 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Flacari pe strazi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (USA release)| Color (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wilfrid Brambell was actually four years younger than John Mills. See more »

Connections

Remake of Armchair Theatre: Hot Summer Night (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Knees Up, Mother Brown
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Written by Harris Weston and Bert Lee
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Tensions (rather stiltedly) boiling over...
7 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Working class Brits are simmering under racial tensions, in the warehouses and factories and the public pool, the catalyst being a hard-working black man getting the factory promotion coveted by the petty, envious whites (wasn't that the same situation in "Black Legion" from 1937?). John Mills plays a union organizer trying to bring peace to the locals, but confounded by the unexpected romance between his white daughter and a black teacher from the West Indies. Ted Willis adapted his play "Hot Summer Night", forgetting that screen material needs to be less theatrical, more subtle and sensitive. Each character spouts off with such pedagogic fervor, vigorously puffed up with their own righteous anger, that the main theme of tolerance is diffused (with that faux-calypso music playing, you'd think there would be more dancing than feuding!). OK melodrama; it beat "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" to the screen by several years, and a few of the performances are thoughtfully rendered. ** from ****


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