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  • Breaking Point (1961)

    Enjoyable thriller from Lance Comfort, with Peter Reynolds as a junior executive for a printing firm, up to his toupee in debt and hiding it from his nice wife Joanna Dunham.
    When fruity old Brian Cobby offers him a 'job' involving some bank notes, you know things are not going to go well for our hairy friend..
    With Dermot Walsh and Arnold Diamond.

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    • Gangway (1937). Overlong Jessie Matthews vehicle that has some amusing sequences with herself as a bored newspaper reporter being mistaken for a jewel thief, and of course she manages to get in quite a few high kicks in her dance sequences, but the forgettable songs are not particularly well integrated into the story and it is all dragged out, despite welcome appearances of Alastair Sim (as a dim-witted private detective), Barry MacKay (as a dim-witted police detective) and Nat Pendleton (as a dim-witted American gangster). Directed by Jessie's husband Sonnie Hale at that newish place called Pinewood.

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      • Fright (1971) I have seen this psycho/thriller several times before I again watched it yesterday. A young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) is terrorized by an escaped asylum patient Brian (Ian Bannen) in this taut chiller from the little known production house Fantale Films. Helen (Honor Blackman) and Peter (George Cole) are celebrating her divorce from her crazed husband when he escapes and breaks into the family home. At first Brian appears to be only helping Amanda's beaten boyfriend Chris (Dennis Waterman) but his manner becomes more and more menacing as she realises he is not who he says he is. I admire the way director Peter Collinson builds the tension in this to the shattering climax when after threatening the toddler and Amanda if he is not permitted to see Helen he is shot and killed. One of the best things I have seen from Ian Bannen over a fine career. I do recommend this and give it 8 out of 10.

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        • Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
          Gangway (1937). Overlong Jessie Matthews vehicle that has some amusing sequences with herself as a bored newspaper reporter being mistaken for a jewel thief, and of course she manages to get in quite a few high kicks in her dance sequences, but the forgettable songs are not particularly well integrated into the story and it is all dragged out, despite welcome appearances of Alastair Sim (as a dim-witted private detective), Barry MacKay (as a dim-witted police detective) and Nat Pendleton (as a dim-witted American gangster). Directed by Jessie's husband Sonnie Hale at that newish place called Pinewood.
          Gerald,
          Enjoying your learned appraisals as always!

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          • Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post
            Fright (1971) I have seen this psycho/thriller several times before I again watched it yesterday. A young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) is terrorized by an escaped asylum patient Brian (Ian Bannen) in this taut chiller from the little known production house Fantale Films. Helen (Honor Blackman) and Peter (George Cole) are celebrating her divorce from her crazed husband when he escapes and breaks into the family home. At first Brian appears to be only helping Amanda's beaten boyfriend Chris (Dennis Waterman) but his manner becomes more and more menacing as she realises he is not who he says he is. I admire the way director Peter Collinson builds the tension in this to the shattering climax when after threatening the toddler and Amanda if he is not permitted to see Helen he is shot and killed. One of the best things I have seen from Ian Bannen over a fine career. I do recommend this and give it 8 out of 10.
            Saw this many years ago and Bannen's performance (along with Susan George's) really stood out. He pulls off that kind of detached but dangerous persona so well.

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            • Originally posted by Edward G View Post

              Gerald,
              Enjoying your learned appraisals as always!
              Why the Radio Times and various other TV magazines have never contacted Gerald to be their films on TV reviewer I shall never know. His reviews are outstanding.

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              • He's probably a little too honest!

                Originally posted by cassidy View Post

                Why the Radio Times and various other TV magazines have never contacted Gerald to be their films on TV reviewer I shall never know. His reviews are outstanding.

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                • ^ Yes indeed. Gerald's reviews are so thorough that I feel too shamefaced to add mine.

                  Especially when I see something as confusingly confounding as a 1935 British-French production called Koenigsmark.

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                  • Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post
                    Fright (1971) I have seen this psycho/thriller several times before I again watched it yesterday. A young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) is terrorized by an escaped asylum patient Brian (Ian Bannen) in this taut chiller from the little known production house Fantale Films. Helen (Honor Blackman) and Peter (George Cole) are celebrating her divorce from her crazed husband when he escapes and breaks into the family home. At first Brian appears to be only helping Amanda's beaten boyfriend Chris (Dennis Waterman) but his manner becomes more and more menacing as she realises he is not who he says he is. I admire the way director Peter Collinson builds the tension in this to the shattering climax when after threatening the toddler and Amanda if he is not permitted to see Helen he is shot and killed. One of the best things I have seen from Ian Bannen over a fine career. I do recommend this and give it 8 out of 10.
                    Sounds like a very good movie Chilly, i meant to ask if you've told the other members about your own acting career? Maybe some of the Aussies have watched you in your roles.

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                    • Many thanks for the appreciation, folks. Now to face up to those in jug who are The Weak and the Wicked (1954). It's hardly PRISONER CELL BLOCK H or even WITHIN THESE WALLS, and while there are many weak characters in the film, no-one is really that wicked. J. Lee-Thompson (sic) co-writes and directs this fairly light, unsensational and relatively non-violent women's prison saga, with Glynis Johns as the silly girl who finds herself behind bars with Diana Dors, Jane Hylton, Rachel Roberts et al, and her story and a few others are told in solid flashbacks, a couple of which are comedies: broad (Olive Sloane, Sid James and Eliot Makeham) and black (Sybil Thorndike, Athene Seyler and A. E. Matthews). It's quite difficult to generate much sympathy for Glynis as she's ultimately such a goody two shoes and there's a soppy ending with John Gregson, but Diana is in good form, albeit with Mr. Spock eyebrows, and there's quite a suggestion of a pash for prisoner Josephine Griffin from prison officer Joyce Heron. The American title is the even more inappropriate but certainly more suggestive Young and Willing.

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                      • Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
                        Now to face up to those in jug who are The Weak and the Wicked (1954)... with Glynis Johns as the silly girl who finds herself behind bars with Diana Dors ...
                        A very interesting film, it gave Dors a chance to show that she wasn’t just a blonde glamour girl but that she could do some serious acting

                        Steve

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                        • Originally posted by Ella View Post

                          Sounds like a very good movie Chilly, i meant to ask if you've told the other members about your own acting career? Maybe some of the Aussies have watched you in your roles.
                          It is an excellent pyscho thriller Ella. I do not want to big note myself here. Besides I was a no more than a part time actor.

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                          • Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post

                            It is an excellent pyscho thriller Ella. I do not want to big note myself here. Besides I was a no more than a part time actor.
                            You were still an actor Chilly in some of Australias finest TV shows.

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                            • Creep (2004) Wow, much better than I thought it was going to be! Very atmospheric and claustrophobic (a la Alien) and the central performances were strong!

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                              • Peg of Old Drury (1935) - Not that bad at all. Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke and Jack Hawkins whowas the cad of the tale

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