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  • Originally posted by BVS View Post
    The Teckman Mystery (1954)


    John Justin, Margaret Leighton, Roland Culver, and Raymond Huntley
    A Novelist is commissioned by his publisher to write the biography of a test pilot who disappeared whilst testing a new aircraft (which suspiciously resembles a Gloster Javelin ).
    Margaret Leighton impresses in this role,quite an enjoyable film which we had not seen before.
    Amazingly, I watched this on Sunday night as well! You might think that this was a typical B movie of the fifties, but in fact it was a first feature release on the Gaumont circuit. Not a bad film, but I couldn't get past Margaret Leighton's truly weird make up.

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    • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967). The amorous adventures of Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans), a Stevenage schoolboy who does his awkward best to have his way with numerous girls while lusting for the unreachable Mary (Judy Geeson). When Mary does come within reach, it would seem their respective outlook on life and love is not compatible.
      Now quite a dated sex comedy with some nudity thrown in and while its contemporary Up the Junction was remarkably restrained in Peter Collinson's directorial department, Clive Donner certainly makes the most of 60s flashiness and surreal daydream sequences with this one. Angela Scoular, Sheila White, Adrienne Posta and Vanessa Howard are the other girls in Jamie's world with Diane Keen as maybe the next in line. Moyra Fraser and Michael Bates are quite amusing as his parents and Maxine Audley and Denholm Elliott play Angela's randy mum and dad.

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      • narabdela
        narabdela commented
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        I remember seeing this in the cinema when it was first released and loving it. I saw it again recently and found it to be horribly dated and quite tedious.

    • The Hateful Eight (2015)

      Samuel L Jackson,Kurt Russell,Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins
      Filmed in Colorado and directed by Quentin Tarantino - so you know this is not going to be a family friendly movie,the story is based around 2 Bounty Hunters and the female leader of an outlaw gang.Although perhaps very slightly overlong at 2h45m it was a mix of some great acting,dark humour and of course 'some' violence.You will enjoy this film if you like dark humour and are not too squeamish,excellent acting throughout by the cast



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      • Too Young To Love (1960)

        A 47 year old man has sexual relations with a 15 year old girl & a court case ensues.
        Thomas Mitchell, Bessie Love, Pauline Hahn, Alan Gifford, Austin Willis, Cec Linder. Joan Miller & Jess Conrad.
        This is a British film that is supposed to be based in New York & it really is a curio.
        Pauline Hahn (in her only film) is very good as the young girl who goes astray.
        The film touches on many taboo subjects (underage sex, venereal disease, marijuana use) & must have shocked when first released.
        Another actress in her only film appearance Sheila Gallagher sizzles as a 17 year old sex bomb.
        A dubbed Jess Conrad looks like a young Tom Cruise & along with Vivian Matalon plays a young American although they are both English.
        An oddity directed by Muriel Box.
        Last edited by wadsy; 29 November 2020, 07:22 PM.

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        • Originally posted by BVS View Post
          The Hateful Eight (2015)

          Samuel L Jackson,Kurt Russell,Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins
          Filmed in Colorado and directed by Quentin Tarantino - so you know this is not going to be a family friendly movie,the story is based around 2 Bounty Hunters and the female leader of an outlaw gang.Although perhaps very slightly overlong at 2h45m it was a mix of some great acting,dark humour and of course 'some' violence.You will enjoy this film if you like dark humour and are not too squeamish,excellent acting throughout by the cast


          On April 25, 2019 Netflix released a new Extended Version of The Hateful Eight with a few changes from the Roadshow Version. This version did not include the intermission, but did include several new shots and scenes. Most noticeably, it was also release in four (4) episodes as a mini-series.

          https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252...f_=tt_ql_trv_5

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          • The Deadly Females (1976)

            Tracy Reed is a Kensington Antique dealer, who happens to run a murder for hire business on the side, with an all girl team of assassins.
            Director Donovan Winter, continues his fascination with suburbia, which culminated in Give Us Tomorrow (1978).
            There are businessmen wanting to bump off their partners, husbands wanting wife's dispatched, wives wanting husbands got rid of it, much of it in the Petts Wood, Orpington areas of Kent.
            Winter attempts a bit of social commentary at the same time with newspaper headlines from 1975 concerning terrorist bombings and murders.
            The trouble is, it's all a bit boring, with a complete lack of any action and excluding the killer ladies, a pretty unappealing cast (Graham Ashley in his Y fronts anyone?).
            The leads are mostly culled from TV including Bernard Holley, Rula Lenska, Heather Chasen, Scott Frederick and a stark b*ll*ck naked 56 year old Roy Purcell, yuk.

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            • Orde Wingate BBC (1976)

              A mini series starring Barry Foster as Major-General Orde Wingate,the controversial/eccentric British Army Officer with unconventional ideas about long range fighting groups far behind enemy lines.It is presented as a 'Play' with (mostly) Stage like 'props' acting as buildings/jungle etc.Barry Foster plays out the role extremely well and the play seems to follow the real story (mostly) very closely.It covers Wingate's role in Palestine and Ethiopia before the climax as the senior officer with his 'Chindits' in Burma.Quite an intriguing character (is that code for mad as a hatter ? )

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              • The World Owes Me a Living (1944). A somewhat plodding flashback film in which we get to see the episodic events in the pre-Second World War life of pilot Paul Collyer (David Farrar), how he meanders from job to job, falls for Moira Barrett (Judy Campbell), eventually does good and observes how all the men fall weak at the knees for Eve Heatherley, despite her being played by Sonia Dresdel. Quite a melodramatic piece, albeit played with reckless conviction by the cast, which includes John Laurie and Wylie Watson, and competently directed by Vernon Sewell. IMDb hilariously shows the role of Chuck Rockley played by Eric Barker, whereas it's really by nothing-like-him Jack Barker.

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                • Loyal Heart (1946). Or One Boy and His Dog or The Adventures of Fleet the Sheepdog. A sentimental Sunday afternoon children's yarn, with elderly Percy Marmont and Eleanor Hallam begetting resourceful young Phil(l)ip Kay who has almost as much sense as their beloved hound Fleet in saving the day, winning the sheepdog trials and instantly reforming wicked neighbouring farmer Beckett Bould. Harmless stuff, although it could do with 15 minutes trimmed off its 80.
                  Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 2 December 2020, 10:02 PM. Reason: Wrong mum!

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                  • Crazy (2007)
                    Waylon Payne, Ali Larter
                    Based around the life of Guitarist/Songwriter Hank Garland starting circa 1945 - does seem to give a true representation of the music industry in Nashville at that time (and into the early 60's) although I think they have probably taken some liberties and somewhat dramatised some of the story (as usual),but that does not really detract from the film too much and we enjoyed it immensely

                    The costumes,scenes and music are fabulous and do give a 1950's feel.
                    Besides a great story, fabulous scenes and costumes, and great acting, the soundtrack songs/tracks are classics and will be familiar to many of a certain age,Hank played guitar on many many big hits with big stars and was Elvis's go to guitar picker for a while - the sound quality on the film is absolutely terrific.

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                    • The Day of the Jackal (1973)

                      The novel of course was Frederick Forsyth's first ever book, written on his beat up old portable typewriter in 35 days (he was broke).
                      I really do not need to say much about this film - it was Edward Fox's first big role and it is a beautifully made film,with lots of snapshots of the early 70's in various locations around Europe.
                      The opening scene of the armed attack on De Gaulle's car did actually happen.

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                      • AdrianTurner
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                        Strictly speaking, The Day of the Jackal was his first novel. His first published book was The Biafra Story.

                    • Originally posted by BVS View Post
                      The Day of the Jackal (1973)

                      The novel of course was Frederick Forsyth's first ever book, written on his beat up old portable typewriter in 35 days (he was broke).
                      .
                      Were you watching Pointless recently as they mentioned that fact the other day on one of their shows ?

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                      • Don Chicago (1945). A weak and meandering comedy from Maclean Rogers starring radio personality Jackie Hunter, which personality doesn't stretch to film, however professional and slick his schtick may be. He's a failed Chicago gangster who is shipped off to English where he expects to sweep up, but after a series of unamusing adventures finds his best future is in settling down and opening a nightclub. Monsewer Eddie Gray and his false moustache is even less comic than Jackie and Finlay Currie again deploys his atrocious American accent: he was more believable as biblical saints with an Edinburgh brogue . Claud Allister is his usual upper class twit and Joyce Heron is an unexpected juvenile female lead, although Amy Veness as Don's mom shows he could do more than play grumpy grannies.

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                        • Originally posted by cassidy View Post

                          Were you watching Pointless recently as they mentioned that fact the other day on one of their shows ?
                          Hi Cassidy
                          No I do not watch any TV shows - it is mentioned in his autobio 'The Outsider' which I read recently, a very interesting and enjoyable book

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                          • House of Whipcord (1974)

                            In the Gloucestershire countryside, a blind and senile former Judge and his partner, are disgusted by the lack of morals in society, and the lack of punishment given to criminals by the courts.
                            So they meet out their own form of justice, with their own prison.
                            Director Pete Walker makes mischief again, with depending on your point of view, an attack on the permissive society or the moral Christian crusaders such as Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford.
                            Either this is probably Walker's best film, a very bleak look at prison and reform in the 70's.
                            Penny Irving puts in a terrific performance as a teenage French model fined for lewd behaviour, who then finds herself tricked and trapped in the remote jail.
                            There are also fine performances in the predominantly female cast from Barbara Markham as the strict prison governess and from Sheila Keith as the chief warder.
                            With Ann Michelle and Ray Brooks.

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                            • agutterfan
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                              As an exploitation movie I found this extremely disappointing.
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