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  • #16
    Arrivederci Baby aka Drop Dead Darling (1966)

    A brash noisy comedy, shot mostly in the South of France and Italy but with Shepperton as the studio.
    Tony Curtis is the poor Brooklyn boy made good, by marrying wealthy ladies and then with the help of manservant Lionel Jeffries...bumping them off.
    Amongst Tony's conquests are a garrulous Zsa Zsa Gabor and an inexhaustible Fenella Fielding and there's an unlikely romance between Anna Quayle (With pitch perfect US accent) and old seadog Noel Purcell.
    All good fun, providing you can stomach the level of general bad taste.

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    • #17
      The Party's Over (1963). The first half is quite meandering 60s beautiful people beatnik pap though when we get into the second half, although the mystery is obvious, the plot becomes rather more interesting and the (uncredited) direction more taut. It seems it was the BBFC editing which caused director Guy Hamilton to have his name removed. The characters who, in the words of the film "need to grow up", include Oliver Reed (he never did!), Ann Lynn, Catherine Woodville, Mike Pratt and Jonathan Burn while Clifford David is the American trying to find his fiancée Louise Sorel. Eddie Albert plays her father in a couple of scenes and is surprisingly effective. If you can get halfway through this, you're on a winner, man.

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      • #18
        The Passionate Friends (1948). Based on the novel by H. G. Wells, for 95 minutes, it's short on plot and long on lingering close-ups of Ann Todd, courtesy of soon-husband-to-be David Lean. Trevor Howard is the man who she keeps meeting and falling for and Claude Rains is again the cuckolded husband. French location work brightens up the drawn-out story, although Ann keeps getting in the way of the scenery!

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        • #19
          I've just registered and am about to see if I can include a photo with my post as no one seems to have tried that. I will first see if I can bring one in from my pictures folder on my hard drive. Any old still will do to test it. Well, that worked well enough. You just have to click on the thumbnail image to enlarge it.
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          • #20
            Now I shall bring in an image from Photobucket and see if that works. BINGO!

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            • #21
              Young Sherlock Holmes AKA Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear (1985)

              Despite a fine central performance from Nicholas Rowe in his first and only leading role, this a pretty cold and soulless affair from Steven Spielberg and Amblin.
              Young Sherlock whilst at Public School, investigates the deaths of several influential figures, wins and loses his first girlfriend (Sophie Ward) and meets John Watson (A rather miscast Alan Cox) who makes Nigel Bruce's Watson seem like a towering intellectual by comparison.
              The support cast though is good. Freddie Jones, Anthony (Corlan) Higgins, Nigel Stock, Donald Eccles, Patrick Newell and Susan Fleetwood.

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              • #22
                Just Like a Woman (1966)

                I'd been trying to get a viewing of this one for ages and finally someone posted a copy on You Tube, which I watched last night.
                What a terrible disappointment! Two excellent light comedy performers in Wendy Craig and Francis Matthews are saddled with a featherweight script concerning a warring husband and wife, Francis is a frazzled TV director and Wendy a lounge singer.
                The couple separate and it's left to John Wood as Wendy's best friend to try to reconcile the two, with predictable results.
                It's a virtual laugh free 90 minutes. The only fun to be had comes from Ted Durante as a hopeless Juggler and Barry Fantoni as a tuneless pop wannabe.
                It all feels a bit like a failed pilot for a situation comedy.
                With Miriam Karlin, Peter Jones, Ray Barrett, Angela Browne and Clive Dunn.

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                • #23
                  We watched a double feature yesterday - Room at the top followed an hour later by Life at the top - neither of which we had seen before - not bad !

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                  • #24
                    It is funny how things go in life sometimes LOL
                    We use Amazon video to cut down on the number of DVD's we have - but their prices are sometimes unbelievable,so we ended up buying a Sharpe DVD Box Set because it was waaaaay cheaper (whole series 14 ep).
                    My other half had never seen it and I had not seen since the original TV showings.

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                    • #25
                      Carrying on through the Sharpe box set,last night we watched Sharpes Gold,I am definitely enjoying it more second time around,I kept thinking that the Provost Lieutenant (Lt Ayres) reminded me a little of Robert Shaw - and hey presto it was indeed his son Ian playing the part - and well cast for it too : )

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                      • #26
                        The Colditz Story (1954)

                        Classy restaging of Pat Reid's memoirs, helped by the great man himself as Technical Advisor, which does justice to the brave bunch of men who escaped or plotted to escape from the prison fortress.
                        With John Mills, Christopher Rhodes, Lionel Jeffries, Ian Carmichael, Denis Shaw. British super extra Victor Harrington appears in both this and the later television series.

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                        • #27
                          Jungle Street (1961). Crime drama on a budget from the school of Beat Girl and Too Hot to Handle. David McCallum is the murderous tearaway Terry who teams up with his former cohort Johnnie (or Johnny if you believe the end credits) played by Kenneth Cope to rob the strip joint which is the setting for much of the film. It tries to be sleazier than it really is with its "A" certificate, but we do get to see the likes of Jill Ireland, Vanda Hudson and Gillian Watt in varying degrees of undress. The police are represented by a miscast Martin Sterndale (called Bowden throughout, it's even painted on his cop shop door, but shown as "Bowen" in those end credits) while Terry's dysfunctional parents are Thomas Gallagher and Edna Doré, whose real husband Alexander wrote the piece. Other familiar faces include Brian Weske, Howard Pays, Joy Webster, John Chandos and Fred Griffiths.

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                          • #28
                            Yesterday we did a double eagle
                            In the afternoon we watched The Eagle and the Hawk (1933) (careful there is at least one other film with same title,and loads with similar titles)

                            In spite of a few of the usual glaring errors,this is one of the best WW1 flying films,the cast including a young Cary Grant.
                            Lovely to see two De Havilland DH4's used in the filming,many of flying sequences were of course from previous films : )

                            One of the glaring errors was the 'camo' paint scheme on the DH4 - it would probably just been overall Olive Drab.

                            These screen grabs from Cary Grant.net




                            • Frederic March - Lt. Jerry H. Young
                            • Cary Grant - Lt. Henry Crocker
                            • Carole Lombard -The Beautiful Lady
                            • Jack Oakie -Lt. Mike "Slug" Richards
                            • Guy Standing - Major Dunham
                            • Kenneth Howell as Lt. John Stevens
                            • Leyland Hodgson -Lt. Kingsford
                            • Virginia Hammond as Lady Erskine
                            • Douglas Scott -Tommy Erskine
                            • Robert Seiter as Arnold Voss (credited as Robert Manning)
                            • Adrienne D'Ambricourt as Fifi, aka Fanny
                            Then in the evening we watched The Eagle has Landed (1976) which we had not seen for years,shot beautifully in Berks,Alderney and Cornwall (beach and airfield [RAF ST Mawgan])
                            A really enjoyable film

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                            • Tigon Man
                              Tigon Man commented
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                              The Eagle Has Landed always leaves a bit of a sour taste for me, when Donald Sutherland's character walks off whistling into the sunset..

                            • Antonylds
                              Antonylds commented
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                              I quite like The Eagle has Landed, but it owes such a debt to Went the Day Well? which I think is a better movie. Donald Sutherland's accent is distracting, as well - I have a thing about actors mangling accents! It's not a deal breaker for me in that, when it happens, it doesn't ruin a good movie, but it's distracting until I tune it out.

                          • #29
                            An aviation double again -

                            Command Decision (1948) Clark Gable,Van Johnson
                            This film probably tends to be overshadowed by 12 o clock high but it is pretty good although mostly ground based.

                            Sully (2016)
                            Directed by East Clintwood and with Tom Hanks as 'Sully'
                            Not a bad film at all and except for the NTSB aspect - probably sticks very close to the true story.

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                            • #30
                              In a Monastery Garden (1932). More from Julius Hagen's Twickenham factory - not sure if this one was on the day or the night shift. But in his monk's shift is John Stuart, who's so saintly he can play the organ without touching the keys. In flashback, we see how he got there, with Hugh Williams as his brother, but also his rival in music and in love, with devil-eyed Joan Maude the object of both their affections, despite her being engaged to hot-blooded Dino Galvani. And then there is a murder. . .
                              The very tall and very young Alan Napier, made up to look older if not shorter, plays Joan's father while Gina Malo is the tempestuous dancer who sets in motion calamity for the cast. Maurice Elvey is the director who motions the cast in calamity.

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