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    One of the best things about Talking Pictures TV is discovering old films that you've never heard of, or don't already have in your collection. Although I have heard of The Silver Fleet, I was amazed to find that I had never seen it, or had a copy of it. It screens on TPTV on Saturday 8th April from 12.10 to 14.00 and will most likely be repeated a few times after that. It has Googie Withers in a lead role, one of my favourite British actresses, and also the great Ralph Richardson. Anyone else seen it ?.

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    Naturally. And a cameo with Kathleen Byron, too.

    Nick

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    • #3
      Originally posted by oddbodjunior View Post
      One of the best things about Talking Pictures TV is discovering old films that you've never heard of, or don't already have in your collection. Although I have heard of The Silver Fleet, I was amazed to find that I had never seen it, or had a copy of it. It screens on TPTV on Saturday 8th April from 12.10 to 14.00 and will most likely be repeated a few times after that. It has Googie Withers in a lead role, one of my favourite British actresses, and also the great Ralph Richardson. Anyone else seen it ?.
      Yes, of course I've seen it, It was produced (although not written or directed) by Powell & Pressburger

      It's a lovely little film, one of theor wartime ouvre. Written and directed by Vernon Sewell & Gordon Wellesley (from an original story by Pressburger)
      Vernon Sewell had previously been the skipper of supply ship helping to provision the cast & crew on Powell's The Edge of the World (1937)

      The film also stars Kathleen Byron in a small role as the school teacher who first mentions Jan de Wit
      And Esmond Knight in his first screen role after he had been blinded chasing the Bismarck

      There's a booklet published by the Netherland Government Information Bureau
      The story of the film put into narrative by Gordon Wellesley, etc
      HMSO publication 1943 [pp. 32]

      Steve

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      • #4
        Hello

        I watched it again recently - found it at:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rJOlHfK6Us

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          This was a wonder of a film, completely unknown and gradually being discovered as a rare gem of priceless interest in the flood of war propaganda films for the second world war. Emeric Pressburger wrote the original story of that, and you can trace his hand everywhere.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MovieCritic View Post
            This was a wonder of a film, completely unknown and gradually being discovered as a rare gem of priceless interest in the flood of war propaganda films for the second world war. Emeric Pressburger wrote the original story of that, and you can trace his hand everywhere.
            Completely unknown? Really, I thought it was one of the better known movies on Vernon Sewell's CV, certainly one of the better quality ones

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