Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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They were shown to their seats on the balcony by the usherette with a torch. Melvin was right they were the best seats in the house. The place was filling up as couples came out for an evening’s entertainment. He could now see where the small window was and what was below it.

He only had to drop down six feet then along to the small staircase. He would need some light to see where he was going but he knew where he was going to get that from. The lights went down as the first film was about to start Billy smiled to himself knowing that in just a few short hours he was going to make the easiest money he was ever going to make in his life. Three hundred pounds would buy him a decent flat in Hull where he could find a job and settle with Gillian.

In the first film Captain Anson played by John Mills is tired and thirsty. He has been ordered to transport some passengers to Alexandria in Egypt.

Two of them are nurses the other two soldiers. Everything is going well until he discovers that Captain Van der Poel (played by Anthony Quayle) who is meant to be South African; is indeed a German spy who is passing on information about the location of British troops to the enemy.

Billy excused himself then went to the toilet, on the way he went up a set of stairs and saw two doors. One was the projectionists room the other Michael Sheckman’s office. He put his ear to the first door and heard nothing but the one further away he heard the distinctive sound of the film reels as they went around.

Going back down the way he had come he found the men’s room and went inside.

He washed his hands then returned to his seat.

“Have I missed much he asked Gillian?’

“Anthony Quayle has just fallen into some quick sand.’

Billy watched as some quick thinking on Capt Anson’s part saves the day. He ties a rope to the Lorry and backs it up after throwing the end of it to Capt Van der Poel. The tension mounts slowly he begins to sink until his body is totally submerged in the quick sand. Van der Poel is still holding onto the rope as they manage to pull him free. Precious water is used to clear his airways so he can breathe. The film continues until Capt Anson reveals to the others that Van der Poel has been going out to use his hidden radio transmitter to inform the Germans of British troops. Quayle now under arrest saves them when a german patrol turns up. Then again when the pushes the lorry up a huge sand dune after the hand brake is left off and it rolls down to the bottom.  The film ends when the four of them end up in a bar drinking a cold beer and John Mills utters those immortal words “Well worth waiting for.”

There was a mass exodus for refreshments as the dessert sands and lack of water had an impact on the audience and everyone was buying drinks.

During the interval Gillian went to the ladies room and it is then that Billy takes out a  large box of Thornton’s chocolates that were on display in the mall. Billy calmly picked them up stuck them under his arm and walked out of the shop without anyone seeing him.

It took him less than twenty minutes to steal everything he would need to carry out the job he was about to do on the cinema later that evening.

“When Gillian returned and saw the size of the box of chocolates she thanked him.’

“They must have cost you a fortune.’

“No expense spared for you Gillian.’

He passed her a bottle of coke after prizing the tops off with his teeth.’

He swallowed his coke as he chomped on a mars bar. Then he opened some toffee popcorn.

“You thought of everything didn’t you?’

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