The ones I have screening dates for (& am most interest in) are:name='ChristineCB']Turner Movies is releasing the following DVDs "before Christmas" but I'm not familiar with any of these. These are part of their "Teddington Studios Exposť" series this month, so we'll be able to watch before buying. Any opinions or tales of these films?
Something Always Happens (1934, d-Michael Powell)
Crown vs. Stevens (1936, d-Michael Powell; Googie Winters)
Peterville Diamond (1942, Anne Crawford, d-Walter Forde)
Crime Unlimited (1935, Lilli Palmer, Cecil Parker)
Man Of The Moment (1935, Douglas Fairbanks Jr)
The Dark Tower (1943, Anne Crawford)
Flying Fortress (1942, Richard Greene, d-Walter Forde)
17 Sep 20:00 Something Always Happens (1934) Dir: Michael Powell
17 Sep 21:15 Crown vs. Stevens (1936) Dir: Michael Powell
18 Sep 00:00 Something Always Happens (1934) Dir: Michael Powell
18 Sep 01:15 Crown vs. Stevens (1936) Dir: Michael Powell
18 Sep 08:15 Sons of the Sea (1941) [aka Atlantic Ferry] Scr: Emeric Pressburger
Something Always Happens is a clever "caper" movie. Peter (Ian Hunter) is down on his luck but is a good entrepeneur (or a bit of a con man). He meets up with orphan street urchin Billy (John Singer) and they set about making their fortune. Peter meets up with Cynthia (Nancy O'Neil) and it's only after they start dating that he discovers that her father runs a chain of garages and filling stations. Peter goes to him with an idea about how he can expand the business - but is rejected so he decides to go it alone.
Crown vs. Stevens is a crime thriller. Dancer Doris marries a man for his money - but then finds out he's a real skinflint and won't spend any of it. She goes to a loan shark to borrow some. In the meantime, Chris (Patric Knowles) also needs to go to the money lender. But when he gets there he finds a dead body on he floor, and Doris behind the curtain with a gun.
Googie has a small, but significant, role as the more successful friend of Doris. In other words, she was a dancer who also married for money. But her husband doesn't mind spending it on her.
They were both some of the "quota quickies" that Powell directed at the beginning of his directorial career. He's actually been doing it for 2 or 3 years, making 4 or 5 films a year so he was quite experienced by the time he did these. They ain't no major masterpieces but they're good films, well made, even though made quickly and on a low budget.
There are clips of these two on the TCM site
Something Always Happens and Crown vs. Stevens
Click on "Watch a movie clip" and they'll offer a few clips
The first real clips (after the clip of the titles) shows how good an actor young John Singer was. And they have the clip of Ian Hunter baffling the waiter which must be seen.
Atlantic Ferry is a dramatised bio-pic and is the story of the MacIver brothers who set up the Cunard shipping line. It shows their reasons for being interested in ferrying passengers across the Atlantic and their early problems as well as their eventual success.
With Michael Redgrave and Valerie Hobson