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Originally posted on Writing Suzanne.
No Trees in the Street, the 1959 film starring Herbert Lom and Sylvia Syms, tells the story of a family living in the overcrowded Kennedy Street in pre-war London, where the residents face little prospects and high unemployment. Tommy, the young son of the family, falls in with local racketeer Wilkie, who lures him into the world of crime, whilst also trying to seduce his sister Hetty, encouraged by her mother who believes it will bring the family out of poverty. The screenplay is written by Ted Willis, based on his own play, and directed by Academy Award nominee J. Lee Thompson.
No Trees in the Street is an enjoyable film, full of drama and intrigue, but suffers from characters held back by heavy stereotyping and without much of a role in the story. The family, living in their squalid…
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