The Siege of Sidney Street

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Baker-Berman hardly rival Powell-Pressburger in the creative collaboration stakes. But their exploitations of various lurid bits of British history - see The Flesh and the Fiends, The Hellfire Club - aren't entirely negligible. This one's about the gang of anarchists led by the enigmatic Peter the Painter who peppered the East End with gunfire in 1910-11. The shoot-ups aren't bad, but apart from Wyngarde - why didn't he become a film star? - cops and robbers alike are a dull lot. Where the film scores is in its unexpected sympathy for the gang's agenda and in its thoughtful picture of a Victorian world of barrel organs and horse dung giving way to one of phones, cars and automatics. That's Jimmy Sangster as Winston Churchill in the climactic siege sequence.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert S Baker, Monty Berman
Screenwriter: Jimmy Sangster, Alexander Baron
Cast: Donald Sinden
Nicole Berger
Peter Wyngarde
Kieron Moore
Leonard Sachs
TP McKenna
Tutte Lemkow

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David Lynch

I saw this film originally in 1960, shortly after it was released and I was 12 years ol. It was a brilliant film and the 'B' movie and far better than the main feature, the name of which I am unable to recall.

David Lynch

I saw this film originally in 1960, shortly after it was released and I was 12 years ol. It was a brilliant film and the 'B' movie and far better than the main feature, the name of which I am unable to recall.