STDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the release of a brand-new 4K restoration of Ealing Studios’ classic Blitz set comedy drama, THE BELLS GO DOWN, that is available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital now. We’re giving you the chance to win a copy on Blu-Ray.

An important part of Ealing Studios’ legacy, THE BELLS GO DOWN, directed by Basil Dearden (The Green Man, The Gentle Gunman) and produced by Michael Balcon (The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets), is a masterful and vividly authentic depiction of the work of the A.F.S (The Auxiliary Fire Service) that, in a revolutionary move, utilized genuine footage of London in the grip of the Blitz.

Starring the music hall hero Tommy Trinder (Fiddlers Three, Sailors Three) in a rare straight role, a young James Mason (North by Northwest, Lolita), Philip Friend (Buccaneer’s Girl, Spy Hunt) and even a future television Doctor in William Hartnell (‘Doctor Who?, Brighton Rock), the film captures the urgency of the era and serves as a rare historical document of a city in the grip of war.

At the outbreak of war, Bob (Philip Friend) signs up to volunteer for the A.F.S. The organisation is overseen by professional firemen led by MacFarlane (Finlay Currie) and Ted Robins (James Mason), who despise Bob and his rag-tag colleagues that include Tommy (Tommy Trinder), a kennelman and Sam (Mervyn Johns), a petty dockside thief. MacFarlane and Ted set out to break the spirits of the A.F.S. boys and give them some proper discipline but can Bob and his cohort fight back?

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  • This competition is open to UK residents only
  • The competition will close 15th July 2024 at 23.59 GMT
  • The winner(s) will be picked at random from entries received
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