- Tuesday 21st July 2020, 6:02am
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On the Night of the Fire (1939) "The Fugitive" Yank title
Gritty dramas set just before WWII, I find do not usually hold up well, but this was very good with the odd casting (in my mind) of a 37 year old Ralph Richardson as a cheap barber who gets himself embroiled in blackmail and murder, AND what was very odd is that it was clearly set in Newcastle Upon Tyne YET not one person had a Geordie accent - some London, some Manchester, but I suppose then the general public were not aware of regional accents as we are now. Why then was it not set in London.
Irene Handl had a very minor part with two appearances of one line and made it into the titles, as did a 16 year old Glynis Johns - two of my favourite actresses.
Yes, well worth the two hours, even though it stuttered a bit about two thirds of the way through.