The Siege of Sidney Street


Time Out says

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

94 mins

Cast and crew

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