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.

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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.