No Trees in the Street

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No Trees in the Street
"No Trees in the Street" (1959).jpg
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Frank Godwin
Written by Ted Willis
Starring Sylvia Syms
Herbert Lom
Stanley Holloway
Music by Laurie Johnson
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Richard Best
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK),
Seven Arts (US)
Release date
1959 (UK)
1964 (UK)
Running time
96 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

No Trees in the Street is a 1959 British crime thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson and written by Ted Willis, from his 1948 stage play of the same name.[1][2]


In the slums of London before World War II, Tommy is an aimless teenager who tries to escape his squalid surroundings by entering a life of crime. He falls in with local racketeer Herbert Lom, who holds the rest of the slum citizens in a grip of fear - including Tommy's own family. The film chronicles Tommy's sordid progression from minor thefts to murder.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote "NO TREES suffers from artificiality of plot and dialog. Characterizations are reduced to mere stereotypes...There are some notable exceptions within the drama, however. Syms is surprisingly moving, giving a sensitive performance despite the film's constraints. Holloway's characterization of a bookie's tout is comical and charming...The camerawork attempts a realistic documentary look, which manages to succeed in capturing the details of slum life that make the setting seem surprisingly naturalistic. The finer points of the film, however, are overshadowed by its faults."[4] Time Out wrote "released at a time when kitchen sink drama was all the rage, this is an unremarkable 'we had it tough' chronicle from another age."[5] Variety wrote "Ted Willis is a writer with a sympathetic eye for problems of the middle and lower classes...Syms gives a moving performance as the gentle girl who refuses to marry the cheap racketeer just to escape. Lom, as the opportunist who dominates the street, is sufficiently suave and unpleasant."[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Cotes (1992-12-24). "Obituary: Lord Willis - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  2. ^ "No Trees in the Street | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ "No Trees in the Street (1958) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  4. ^ "No Trees In The Street Review". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ "No Trees in the Street | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  6. ^ "No Trees in the Street". Variety. 1958-12-31. Retrieved 2014-04-04.