Episode 10

Kino Quickies 10 - A Fire Has Been Arranged (1935) with Steve Chibnall

Published on: 25th November, 2022

A Fire Has Been Arranged is the first full length feature starring the comedy musical duo, Flanagan & Allen.

The first of two films in the season to be directed by Leslie Hiscott, it also stars Robb Wilton and a 35 year old (but perpetually middle-aged) Alastair Sim. It was, like many quota quickies, produced by Julius Hagan at Twickenham Studios.

Our guest for the Q&A is quota quickie royalty in the form of the author Steve Chibnall, who literally wrote the book on quota quickies. It's called Quota Quickies by Steve Chibnall.

You can buy Quota Quickies by Steve Chibnall on the internet.

And the DVD of A Fire Has Been Arranged is widely available.

In 1978, an elderly Ches Allen appeared on ITV's "Looks Familiar".

Flanagan & Allen singing their most famous song, Underneath the Arches.

Your hosts at Kino Quickies screenings are Dom Delargy and Dr Lawrence Napper,

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Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the Cinema History Blog.

Well that was fascinating but now I want to find out more.

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They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their Twitter, Instagram and website.

Making a welcome return from the beaches & fleshpots of Thailand, our sound engineer was Robin Warren AKA Robin The Fog - follow him on Twitter.

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You can hear the trailer preview episode of Kino Quickies season two HERE.

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Kino Quickies
Screenings of 1930s "quota quickie" films plus Q&As with expert guests at the Kino Cinema in Bermondsey, South London. Come along, watch a film, have a drink and join in the discussion. Two days later it appears as a podcast.
The Kino was unexpectedly shut down in January so season three of Kino Quickies has been postponed. We will be hosting a one-off SOLD OUT screening of "The Gaunt Stranger" at The Garden Cinema, WC2 on October 8th.
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