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    Stanley Baker in 'Hell Is A City'. Now there's a cracking Brit police movie - stacks of grit and realism. Great theme music too. Cheers!

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    I really want to see Hell Is A City. Val Guest never messed about.

    I love Stanley Baker's films and I'm glad he was knighted before he died.

    It's interesting to note that Baker played policeman earlier in Dearden's

    Violent Playground and Losey's Blind Date. Has anyone seen these two ]

    50's Baker films (british of course)?



    And is it me or does The Sands Of The Kalahari kick ass bigtime.?

    He's great in The Good Die Young (dodgy hand), Helldrivers (dodgy driving),

    and Robbery (dodgy getaway). He's made some seriously wicked gritty

    british films and he'll always be remembered.

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    "HELL IS A CITY" now your talking. Great! B/W, 1959 and "A HAMMER FILM PRODUCTION". I love this film. Brough a copy in the WB Classic Thrillers Series. Then a few years ago it was on BBC2 late night in widescreen. So burke that I'am taped over my copy and of course missed the titles at the beginning but its still great.

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    I Have "Hell is a City" on DVD - must have been from Amazon.com as it's a region 1. I just checked on their site - it's still available.

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    Hell is a City is my favorite Film



    Good Acting, and was made on location me (Manchester Oldham and the Moors)

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    I enjoy watching this film as well. I had it on tape but splashed out on the DVD and found in the special features it had an alternate ending. One reason I love this film is for Joby Blanshard's proformance as Tawny Jakes. Pure ham at its best, brilliant stuff.

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    I'm a big fan. I wish there was a whole series about D.I. Harry Martineau. I like him so much I stole his name to use in a film I made, which had him hunting criminal clowns. I don't think anybody spotted the homage, but it made me happy.

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    As a Manchester lad at the time this film was made I get particular enjoyment, remembering all the locations in the film (some long gone). I bought the DVD mentioned elsewhere for a snip at �3.99 from Play.com (UK): DVDs, Music CDs, MP3s, Video Games, Books, Electronics & Gadgets - Free Delivery and found it thoroughly enjoyable. There are other posts on Britmovie about this film - do a search.

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    Yes, I recently purchased this Movie from Play.com too!



    I don't recall where I read it, but I have read that the good folks of Manchester weren't too happy about having their City regarded as 'Hell'!



    Though I guess back then if I had to work in a Lancashire Mill for 10 hours day amongst all that noise (Hindle wakes) I'd feel like I was in Hell too!



    I don't think there's any traditional Mills operating today in Northern England, which is probably a blessing in disguise.......

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    It is a great film, i watched again last night. I have noticed however that over a thirty odd year period George A. Cooper never looked any older(or younger for that matter).

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