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A Fire Has Been Arranged

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Director  Leslie S. Hiscott
Country  United Kingdom
6.2/10 IMDb

Language  English
A Fire Has Been Arranged movie poster
Release date  1935 (1935)
Writer  Michael Barringer (adaptation), James A. Carter (story), H. Fowler Mear (adaptation), H. Fowler Mear (story)

A Fire Has Been Arranged is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and starring Chesney Allen, Bud Flanagan and Alastair Sim.


After a spell in prison three criminals return to recover their loot only to find the place where they have stashed it has been turned into a department store. They take jobs at the store in order to locate the whereabouts of their loot. The three discover that the unscrupulous managers of the store, Shuffle and Cutte, are keen to be accomplices in their plot.

It was made at Twickenham Studios. The film ends with the song Where the Arches Used To Be.

A pair of friends robs from a jewelry shop, and buries their loot in a field out in the country before they get caught. They spend ten years in prison, and when they're let out they go back to the burial ground, only to find out that it's no longer a bucolic pasture but the site of a large department store. Despite that setback, they're still determined to dig up their stash.


  • Chesney Allen - Ches
  • Bud Flanagan - Bud
  • Hal Walters - Hal
  • Harold French - Toby
  • Mary Lawson - Betty
  • Alastair Sim - Cutte
  • C. Denier Warren - Shuffle
  • Robb Wilton - Oswald
  • Vincent Holman - Ex-detective
  • Jack Vyvian - Prison Warder
  • The Buddy Bradley Rhythm Girls - Shop Girls
  • Bibliography

  • Sutton, David R. A chorus of raspberries: British film comedy 1929-1939. University of Exeter Press, 2000.
  • References

    A Fire Has Been Arranged Wikipedia
    A Fire Has Been Arranged IMDb A Fire Has Been Arranged

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