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      On the Night of the Fire

      1939 1h 34m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews A barber (Ralph Richardson) gives in to temptation and steals some money, leading to blackmail and murder. Read More Read Less

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      SICKS6SIX S Britains first film NOIR they say, It was shot in Newcastle upon tyne, Some of the scenes the buildings are still standing but sadly a lot are now gone, as for the film its quite good, the fire scenes being actual footage of fires at the time and they fit in well and don't look stitched together, the plot is believable and the acting is also reasonable, many locals used as extras, all in all its worth watching, especially if you're from Newcastle and want to see what it used to look like, dog leap stairs on the quey side is still there just like it was back then nearly 100 back. the tyne bridge features in the film quite a lot and it was only 10 years old then, the local extra's accent is played down so anyone can understand what they say. . a solid 9/10 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/23 Full Review Audience Member i persume this was set durin the great fire of newcastle which wiped out a lot of people and changed the landscape and social structure of newcastle a once bussling city synonymous with industry and commerce reduced to rubble and poverty. To this day newcastle has never actually shaken the effects the fire had, a lot of peoples dreams went up in smoke durin the fire as buisnesses and homes burned to the ground and a lot of people were thrown into poverty and crime thats what this movie symoblises as a barber steals a few quid on the night of the fire and becomes an unlikely outlaw. if your not from newcastle youll probablly wind up quite bored and miss the point completely if you are from newcastle or know a litle about the histroy of the place this movies worth a look its interesting to see how buis the quay side was back here the barbers shop is still there to this day (albeit its not a barbers shop) right a the bottom of dog leap stairs (incedently dog leap stairs is one of a few great locations that have memorable scenes) as a historical artifact its wel worth a look as a movie its pretty useless however it was the first (that i know of) of quite a few newcastle crime films (Payroll l1961, Gang War 1962, Get Carter 1971, Stormy Monday 1988 ) infact its prime message (previously wealthy northerners turned to crime) has been somewhat of a self forfilling prophecy as crime films have been just about the only films filmed on tyneside since. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A barber (Ralph Richardson) gives in to temptation and steals some money, leading to blackmail and murder.
      Brian Desmond Hurst, Terence Young
      Patrick Kirwan, Terence Young
      Mystery & Thriller
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      1h 34m