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    this 1935 film staring .. binnie hale .. is coming on . australian TV . just woundering if any one has seen it befor and is it worth watching

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    I've seen it Mark and it certainly is worth having a look at.

    It appears very dated and the acting from some of the cast is not rated highly but not a bad film for it's time.

    It passes a pleasant enough hour or so.



    Dave.

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    It has Gordon Harker in it, and it was directed by Michael Powell....what more could anyone want??

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    And a Screenplay by the late, great, but largely unknowable Aussie.....Ralph Smart



    I would put up a picture but there isn't one on the internet. In lieu of that, here's one with my vision of him. He's the one with the silvered hair.





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    Quote Originally Posted by mark windley
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    this 1935 film staring .. binnie hale .. is coming on . australian TV . just woundering if any one has seen it befor and is it worth watching

    best mark
    As penfold said, directed by Michael Powell. One of his early "Quota" films that were all made quite quickly and to quite a low budget. But despite that he managed to make some quite reasonable and quite interesting films. You can often see him trying out techniques that he would use again to better effect in his major films.



    The Phantom Light is quite a good story (murder mystery / drama) well told and well performed. Quite a bit of good light comedy from Gordon Harker & Binnie Hale to lighten the mood.



    Very unusual for the amount of location work done far from the London studios, there's a bit filmed at the Eddystone light in Devon and the rest of the exteriors are filmed on Anglesey in North Wales. And it's the first film (AFAIK) where Powell had people speaking foreign languages (Welsh in this case) without the use of subtitles. A habit he was to continue throughout all of his films. If the parts in foreign languages are reasonably short, the audience can be expected to understand what they mean by the context and by the reactions. Powell never talked down to his audience



    When is it on and which channel is it on? I'd like to tell the Australian members of the Powell & Pressburger group.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Moor Larkin
    And a Screenplay by the late, great, but largely unknowable Aussie.....Ralph Smart



    I would put up a picture but there isn't one on the internet. In lieu of that, here's one with my vision of him. He's the one with the silvered hair.
    Ralph Smart wrote quite a few of Michael Powell's early films:

    C.O.D. (1932)

    His Lordship (1932)

    Hotel Splendide (1932)

    The Star Reporter (1932)

    Born Lucky (1933)

    The Night of the Party (1935)

    The Phantom Light (1935)



    C.O.D., The Star Reporter and Born Lucky are still on the "Missing, believed lost" list but I've seen all of the others and they are all quite good.



    They are some of his earliest forays into the world of film-making. They led to a career which included writing on quite a few films and lots of TV shows and even doing a bit of directing.



    But you're right, not a lot is known about him



    Steve

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    And it also has Herbert Lomas in it - cheerful as always!



    Some nice scenes of the Ffestiniog railway, too.



    Nick

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