Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer (Terry Stone), Once Upon a Time in London charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons.Written by
Jack Comer was born Jacob Colmore in Mile End, in the East End of London, England on 12th April 1912 and died 12th March 1996. See more »
In a scene set in 1939 there are posters for a concert featuring The Platters and Lonnie Donegan and another advertising "A Visit With Floyd Patterson". Both of these seem to be from the 1960s. See more »
Billy Hill is a forgotten legend. This film doesn't do him justice. His achievements as a gangster were unsurpassed. Post office robbery, gold bullion robbery diamond mining in SA. Plus he was one that got out at the right time. Film doesn't go deep enough. Just to much knifing and fighting. Billy, Jack and Albert were intelligent crooks. That used their environment to earn. Billy Hill book is a lot better than this bubble gum.
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