Kicked off with Lance Comforts "Man From Tangier" 1957 with Robert Hutton and Lisa Gastoni. As far as I was concerned he should have got the first plane back to Tangier. Followed that with John Ford's classic "Rio Grande" 1950 which is my personal favourite of his cavalry trilogy. The Duke, Maureen o'Hara, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey jnr, Victor McLaglen and other Ford regulars. Wonderful.
I watched Daniel Birt's Background Valerie Hobson is marries to barrister Philip Friend but their best friend Norman Wooland is in her love with her but everyone is frightfully nice about it .
Adapted from a play the film rather betrays it's stage origins but going to see this in the theatre must have been sleep inducing as not a lot happens Messrs Hobson and Wooland's affair seems to consist of sharing a bag of sweets at a midday cinema matinee
A reminder of gentler times if not much else.
As far as inducing sleep is concerned I’ve always found that watching Norman Wooland in anything is much more effective that a Mogodon pill.
I saw the last Jonathan Creek episode. Not the last one chronologically, but the only one I hadn't seen, "The Grinning Man". The question is, why? I don't know. I watched one episode on a recommendation, and found myself working through all the series, and the specials. Every time I gave up because it's such an irritating programme, I found I had something akin to withdrawal symptoms. Not because it's good, but because it's so nostalgic. It's such safe, Sunday, Christmas-in-England telly that I realised it was like an hour of 'going home'. Isn't that weird? I didn't even like it that much. I shall miss it now it's gone. The Grinning Man itself was OK.
Later, I watched a Saint episode, and it was another great one. "Iris" was the title, made in 1963 and starring Barbara Murray. Not only was it full of little bits of Templarism (there's one moment where he lights a cigarette with a gold lighter - I'm assuming gold, it's in b&w - while talking about blackmail that just makes you want to spend the rest of your life as Simon Templar. But without the dangerous bits. Just the suits and the lighters and the cufflinks and that. And in the 'to-camera' bit he glances up at his halo and smirks, which he did in the later series, but hadn't begun to do at this point) but there is actually a blackmail payment drop-off at Battersea Funfair! Cue stock footage of the entrance, kids running round the park. I mean, it's possible that all of Roger Moore's scenes (mainly staking out in a car) were done with back projection in some studio in Nassau (I have no idea what budget they were on) but just the idea that the makers of the Saint considered the area where my Mum was at that very moment pushing my pram round as important enough to shoot a scene made me feel proud to be British .. or something. You know what I mean.
All this TV while I've got classic DVDs still wrapped waiting to go ... There's just not enough time in the day for everything that's available.
In my opinion most actors struggle with any kind of dialect and should stay away from use,its not important in my view and more often that not ruins a performance.Peter Sellers had the right idea to satirize to the extreme for comedic effect in the Pink Panther films......
It doesnt detract for me personally for the Holmes series ,they are great fun
The Long Arm (1956)
From the days when the police drove black Wolseley's and called villains 'chummy' comes Superintendant Jack Hawkins, who with the help of eager beaver Detective Sergeant John Stratton, gets on the trail of master safebreaker Richard Leech.
Ealing's last movie is a faithful police procedural with a top notch cast including Geoffrey Keen, Ian Bannen, Sydney Tafler, Ursula Howells and Dorothy Alison. Even in minor roles you can delight in spotting PC Nicholas Parsons or the recently departed Frederick Treves uncredited as a plain clothes detective.
There's also a fascinating glimpse of London life in the mid fifties, culminating in a splendid chase around the Festival Hall.
Val Guest's superb 'whodunnit' Jigsaw. Jack Warner and Ronald Lewis are the Brighton detectives on the trail of a 'trunk murderer'. Guest's direction is top class as are the script and performances, especially that of Michael Goodliffe as a randy vacuum cleaner salesman mixed up in the crime. The locations are well chosen and the black and white photography is crisp and clear. A faultless piece of film-making with a very satisfying conclusion. Very highly recommended.
Also .... TBW's first viewing of Mysterious Doctor Satan, Republic's classic cliffhanger serial with Bob Wilcox as 'The Copperhead'. Great fun for both little kids and big kids.
There's some great character acting from the likes of Norman Chappell and his excited description of the suspects A60 to John Barron's edgy lettings agent. You are right though sleazy Michael Goodliffe of the Gary Hardware company takes the acting honours.
The only irritating point is that Southampton beating my Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3, the only unbelieveable thing in the movie...
Just watched this (again) ..... and very good it was too. Exciting to watch and technically oustanding. A triumph for all concerned.
Meet Mr. Callaghan (1953). Enjoyable private tec film with a weary-eyed Derrick de Marney as the title character, who unscrupulously schemes and chain smokes his way through the Will-scam plot, which gives us glimpses of Adrienne Corri, Belinda Lee, John Longden, Frank Sieman and even Victor Harrington along the journey. The jaunty theme from Eric (CORONATION STREET) Spear seems to have been popular and there are quite a few cover versions of it.
This morning's viewing was the pilot episode of Banacek, entitled Detour to Nowhere.
Well before last night's incredibly sad Britmovie news I watched Ken Hughes' The Long Haul, ex U S army man Victor Mature gets a job driving long distance lorries in England for crooked boss Patrick Allen
Actually a lot better than I feared, not a Mr Mature fan, and whilst it is very much like a poor mans Hell Drivers it is till exciting and fun to watch, Peter Reynolds and Diana Dors are also in the cast.
Well worth catching
I thought long and hard about if it seemed appropriate to post this review but then that's why Steve set the site up
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The White Countess. A poignant reminder of Natasha Richardson.
King of the Hill. Spanish 'sniper in the woods' film. Edgy with no too much dialect to take care of. Unusual ending too. Very good,my type of film.