Sidney Street Siege

A newsreel of the state response to the challenge of a couple of anarchists in 1911 London that fought off the combined force of police and military. Was the inspiration for the shootout in the final scene of Hitchcock's 1934 "The Man Who Knew Too Much".

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Dr. Brian Pellie and the Secret Dispatch

A reenactment of the 1909 Tottenham chase that began with a robbery by anarchists.

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The Siege of Sidney Street

The fascinating true story of a couple of anarchists in 1911 London that fought off the combined force of police and military is trampled by this monstrous mishmash of movie cliches, replacing it with "Siege of Sidney Street: The Musical" - an outrageously unbelievable tale of near total fiction, that's an excruciating bore to boot. For a better fictionalized Sidney Street Siege, check out the shootout in the final scene of Hitchcock's 1934 "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

More accrurately titled, "The Man Who Knew Too Much And Told His Wife - Who Then Also Knew Too Much - And Also A Family Friend, Who Nonetheless Didn't Seem To Know Too Much Because No One Took Him Seriously". Even with the abbreviated title, it's still a rather silly movie, like a self-parody: kidnapping and repeated threats of child murder played for laughs. Each possibility for tension or suspense is lost to wisecracks or quips. Of course Peter Lorre's performance rises above the trite banter: his smile sends shivers down the spine, hinting at sadistic delight - and even madness.

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