in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins cast in the somewhat lowly position of Petrol Attendant
This you-tube trailer for the 1965 film "Ferry cross the Mersey" has the line "and introducing JULIE SAMUEL"
but looking up her IMDB listings she was hardly what one would call a "newcomer".....
She'd already appeared in....
The Rag Trade
Bootsie & Snudge
ITV Television Playhouse.
The Plane Makers
It's a Woman's World.....
and the Hammer film "Nightmare".....
Nothing heard of her on IMDB since 1974.......
in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins cast in the somewhat lowly position of Petrol Attendant
Julie LOOKED lovely in this scene...skintight shorts, IIRC!!
TVTimes cover star, 30th August 1964
Ginny is eighteen and a living doll. She boasts that all the boys are
swooning at her - but now the time has come for her to prove it.
I have some more information about this obscure play, which I will leave for another post, but the main details are that Julie Samuel and Judith Smith were models in a department store and are both attracted to "Casanova" Ray Brooks, who works there. As does Hugh Futcher judging by that photo.
TVTimes states that there were four plays in the series, with the other women played by Patricia England (Laura), Diana Fairfax (Julie), and Petra Davies, as Jean. However, LostShows believes there were five, with Dora the only one missing from the archives. "Existence unknown" is the disturbing status for that one but I can't find any evidence that it was part of It's a Woman's World. Perhaps Simon Coward can enlighten us?
I mostly associate Julie Samuel with Public Eye, where she played the mistress of Brian McDermott, but she turned up on DVD again a few weeks ago in Strange Report, in a fairly Unnoticed role. Her presence in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, a film I know well, must have been even more brief as I can't remember her at all, despite wearysloth's capture in posts 2 and 3 (Julie is with Paul Whitsun-Jones I notice). I'll have a look later to remind me.
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Regarding It's a Woman's World there appears only to be the 4 episodes
Virginia 09/04/1964 9:10 pm ITV UK
Laura 09/11/1964 9:48 pm ITV UK
Julie 09/18/1964 9:10 pm ITV UK
Jean 09/25/1964 9:10 pm ITV UK
there was no episode on October 2nd
I've only just got round to viewing Julie's scene in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins. I would never have guessed that's the same actress who was in Public Eye the same year (1971), in a much more challenging role. It would be interesting to read what she remembers about filming with Bruce Forsyth, and indeed Alfred Burke. 40 years ago, bloody hell. This goes even further back ...
Re: 'It's a Woman's World: Virginia', broadcast 4th September 1964
This is an enlarged version of the photo included in the TVTimes preview:
Listen to them talking - on the bus, in shops, walking along or sitting in coffee bars. If they're female and teenage, you can bet that nine times out of ten, the subject is men.
Men, or at least the cardboard version that they see, are the all-consuming interest of Virginia and Honey, teenage models in a department store in Dennis Woolf's play Virginia on Friday at 9.10 - first in a series of four plays on the theme It's a Woman's World.
Their men are 'types'. Casanova, of course, the store detective played by Ray Brooks, is the one they're both after. Honey (Judith Smith) is slightly more mature and more seriously keen than Virginia (Julie Samuel) who is already engaged to Shane (John Collins), a curious mixture of 'cowboy' and public school boy.
Virginia wants to make her Shane jealous - and it takes only a jibe from Honey about her innocence to plan an elaborate seduction scene with Casanova. The bogy of the piece is Cromwell, a 'dirty old man' type the girls would call a 'creep'. "He'd always have a moist skin - wet lips and sweaty palms," said Dennis Woolf. "The play is not meant to be realistic. The men are distorted, as seen through the eyes of the girls."
"I find Virginia's story rather tragic, although the play is a comedy," says Julie Samuel. "I know so many girls like her and even recognise bits of myself."
The other three plays in It's a Woman's World - Laura by Margaret Drabble, Julie by Anthony Linter, and Jean by Norman Crisp - show three ages of women. "We felt women were being ignored in television plays, " said Richard Everitt, producer of the series. "This is their chance to have their say - even if it is all about men."
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Publicity still for 'Strange Report'
As 'The Girl Friend' in HEART: No Choice for the Donor, the first episode to be filmed (July-Aug 1968):
In fact, she was Anneke Wills' friend in this story, worried when she fails to keep their appointment.
I've just had a look at Julie's scene again and was a bit disturbed to see that the dress she's wearing is a more vibrant red than it appears here. It was upsetting but at the same time rewarding to see the DVD's featurette on the programme's restoration. The colours do look spectacularly good. But a lot of the photographs in this and other image galleries seem to have lost their colour. I remember Hummies pointing this out at the http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/ac...ml#post1835613 thread (post #27).
Faded stars in more ways than one I will work on one or two screencaps of Julie, in the same striped dress, to illustrate the difference.
Julie is still very much around and working in the entertainment business.
In 1964 she married the assistant film director Derek Cracknell and their daughter Sarah Jane was born the following year.
Julie with Sarah, Daily Mirror, 1965:
Unfortunately Derek died in 1991. Today Sarah is the vocalist with indie band St. Etienne. Julie now runs the theatrical promotion company Loose Cannonz with songwriter David Martin.
Julie in recent times:
Incidentally, Julie is descended from the Foyle family who opened London's famous bookshop.
She appeared in a 1970 episode of a show called Happy Ever After. Anybody know what type of show it was?
The IMDB synopses for the first two episodes are intriguing!
I'd say that sound like it was a series of unconnected plays, but it also lists Peter Bowles as playing the same character in two other episodes.Season 1, Episode 1: Feeling the Pinch
Original Air Dateó18 November 1969
Barbara Woodcock suddenly needs more space in her house. Her attention is drawn to her nagging, trouble making mother in law who lives upstairs.
Season 1, Episode 2: The Fifty-First State
Original Air Dateó25 November 1969
Is the state ruthless enough to have a young woman assassinated because she may have accidentally seen something?
Bracknells and Cracknells
Sarah Cracknell is her daughter What a surprise that is! I remember the singer being interviewed on one or two shows in the 1990s but couldn't relate to her music. I don't think Saint Etienne were promoted in Britain as much as they were in Europe. Sarah's showbiz background was alluded to but her parents' names, if mentioned, wouldn't have meant anything at the time.
It was the same with the similarly-named Leah Bracknell when she was a guest on That's Showbusiness once. She said something about her father working in films but again the name didn't register with me. That's David Bracknell, who, like Derek Cracknell (Sarah's father), was also an assistant director. Hope that's not too confusing!
Graeme, I've been going through the TVTimes coverage of Happy Ever After and you were right in thinking that this was a "series of plays", not unlike another ITV offering from that period, the (hopefully) soon-to-be-released Love Story - which Julie Samuel also appeared in. This is the synopsis for her Happy Ever After episode, With the Cherry Blossom, the Dawn, broadcast 28th November 1970:
David returns from a business trip in Japan laden with presents for his wife Mary. She should be pleased but isn't, for behind David's manner lies an intense obsession that frightens her. And it frightens David's best friend, Dick, because Dick is also Mary's lover.
That needs a bit of understanding as well. The TVTimes for that week has a two-page article relating to the programme, one of them an interview with a Japanese Embassy official and the other showing a few production stills. It looks great:
Left to Right: John Carson as Dick Taylor, Richard Gale as David Nichols and Ann Bell as Mary Nichols.
Julie, who played Alice Ryan, is the only (credited) member of the cast who's missing - and so is the show. Which means I'm depressed again.
Pleased to have found a better version of this great photo of Julie:
Actress Julie Samuel, aged 19, is to appear in ITV's Big Night Out
This is one of two pictures dated 4th May 1964 and taken by Mirror photographer Bela Zola.
The other one accompanies an article in the next day's issue, which is too poor to post here:
Julie's TV break
Actress Julie Samuel went for a stroll in her local park yesterday, and brought some sunshine between the showers.
Not that Julie gets much time for relaxing. She's too busy. Take this week, for example ... Tonight she will be seen in
ABC Television's programme Big Night Out. On Saturday, she has a part in Associated TeleVision's thriller series GSS
So yesterday, 19-year-old Julie, who has been acting since she was eleven, felt she earned a breather in Holland Park, Kensington, near her home.
Despite being promoted in the newspaper, Julie Samuel isn't among the names mentioned in their listing for Big Night Out. The show was presented by Mike and Bernie Winters and also featured Hylda Baker, Frank Berry and singers Susan Maughan and Craig Douglas. Apart from Frank, the same guests are credited as appearing on 1st February too (not sure about that).
GSS was the final series of the retitled Ghost Squad. Julie is not in the IMDb's cast for that episode (Hideout) either. I'd be interested to know what she did in both these shows.