This minor gem, directed by the excellent Basil Dearden, is a look at working-class life in the East London suburb of Bethnal Green. Fine performances are turned in by Mike Sarne as Ricky, and especially Rita Tushingham as his mouthy girlfriend Catherine. Also on hand are veteran actors Bernard Lee and Doris Hare as Ricky's parents.
Ricky gets involved in a heist at a local cigarette factory, while at the same time trying to romance Tushingham's character. The plot is helped along by fine performances from some vintage character actors.
I particularly enjoyed the scenery. This film is something of a time capsule, capturing East London as it was, post-war but pre-concrete. In fact, one of the plot elements concerns the family's eviction from their 'slum' to make way for new concrete apartment towers.
Odeon Entertainment has done a splendid job remastering the video and audio. My only disappointment is that there are no subtitles or extras of any kind -- otherwise I would have given a 5-star rating.