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  • Forbidden (1948). Postwar Blackpool is the backdrop for this atmospheric and well-acted noir from George King. Douglass Montgomery is the "Canadian" scientist stuck (a) in a seaside sideshow (which is quite difficult to say quickly); (b) with a bitch of a wife and (c) on funfair girl Hazel Court. Scarlet Heaven becomes murder on the Golden Mile - or does it? Patricia Burke plays the wife, Garry Marsh her reluctant boyfriend and Ronald Shiner Douglass's wartime pal, with a slimline and dark-haired Andrew Cruickshank as the investigating inspector and Kenneth Griffith, still in his ratty spiv era as, well, a ratty spiv. Although pretty predictable stuff, it's well-made, although the inevitable finale on the Tower is a bit lacklustre.


    • Probably the only 'Blackpool Noir' movie ...I can't think of any others..!


      • Becoming Bond 2017

        A documentary about the early life of George Lazenby & the circumstances that led him to be cast as James Bond!

        Quite a compelling documentary with Lazenby himself telling the story with actors recreating the incredible series of

        events that lead him to star in "On Her Majesties Secret Service"!

        Funny & very interesting but ultimately sad story of a man who got lucky but couldn't (or wouldn't) hold on to his success!


        • Originally posted by julian_craster View Post
          Probably the only 'Blackpool Noir' movie ...I can't think of any others..!
          There's always the 1953 Cup Final between Blackpool and Bolton. I wont tell you the ending if you haven't seen it !!


          • Originally posted by cassidy View Post

            There's always the 1953 Cup Final between Blackpool and Bolton. I wont tell you the ending if you haven't seen it !!
            Oddly enough, an account of that match was in one of my school standard texts.


            • Yield to the Night (1956). London in the fifties. Superb performance from Diana Dors as the convicted murderess awaiting execution having flashbacks of the cause of all the problems. Michael Craig as the unfaithful lover and Yvonne Mitchell as the prison warder looking after DD in her final days.. Geoffrey Keen is the kindly prison chaplain and Dandy Nichols as DD's mum. Marianne Stone puts in a brief appearance as a replacement prison warder and Michael Ripper pops up as an admirer who never quite gets there. Directed by J.Lee Thompson. Cannot believe that I'd never seen it before. Terrific.


              • Here Comes the Sun (1945). Typically anarchic Flanagan and Allen piece, the storyline, such as it is, all over the place, with several similar songs delivered at inopportune moments. The at times surreal humour is very dated, but is delivered slickly, is quite risqué at times, and surprisingly includes characters being told to go to hell more than once. Independently made by John Baxter at Ealing Studios, and also with some scenes in Blackpool, the cast also includes Joss Ambler as the main villain with Gus McNaughton and Roddy Hughes as his henchmen and there's a charming performance from Edie Martin as a disinherited housekeeper.
                Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 6th December 2017, 08:28 PM.


                • The Scarlet Web (1954)

                  Dashing insurance investigator Griffith Jones is framed for murder by femme fatale Zena Marshall, when a wealthy businessman's wife turns up dead.
                  Luckily Griff (no Rhys) Jones has his boss, the gorgeous Hazel Court on his side as he tries to track down the real villains.
                  Passable programmer, that doesn't take itself too seriously.
                  Ronnie Stevens provides comic relief.


                  • Hennessy (1975)

                    Don Sharp

                    John Gay (screenplay), Richard Johnson (original story)

                    Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson

                    Having been a fan of Don Sharps version of 39 Steps I thought Id give this a view , oh dear ... Pretty generic Irish accents ala Patriot Games (1992) can be distracting & real footage of the Queen in Parliament spliced in to film like she was in the cast , really . Richard Johnson ended in italian zombie films .
                    Last edited by AlecLeamas; 8th December 2017, 10:30 AM.


                    • Evergreen (1934). An energetic Jessie Matthews musical originally on stage in which she plays her own daughter!
                      Popular star Harriet Green forsakes the stage and her fiancé and then has a comeback more than 20 years later, not having aged a bit. But it's really Harriet, Jr.
                      Busby Berkeley-like sequences routines devised by another BB, Buddy Bradley, are dotted along the storyline from Emlyn Williams plus there are numerous Rodgers and Hart and Harry Woods songs and the up-for-it cast includes Betty Balfour, Sonnie Hale, Barry MacKay and Hartley Power. Not quite an evergreen, it's probably too long, but made with considerable skill, including splendid art deco designs from Alfred Junge, and ably directed by Victor Saville.
                      Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 7th December 2017, 07:41 PM.


                      • The Crooked Sky (1956)

                        England is being flooded with counterfeit bank notes. Inspector Bruce Seton determines that the source is the good old US of A and brings in the Feds, in the bulky form of Wayne Morris to lend a hand.
                        Anton Diffring is the crooked casino boss, up to all sorts of no good, and his henchman are Richard Shaw (Who Else?) and big Bill Brandon, who gets a couple of lines.
                        Routine B from the Merton Park Studio.


                        • The Blind Goddess (1948). Melodramatic performances and overblown music mar this courtroom saga, the verdict for which must be "routine", despite a good cast. Michael Denison uncovers an international fraud, but of course mucks about doing something sensible about it and finds himself up for slander instead. Anne Crawford is the vicious femme fatale and Hugh Williams her scheming husband, while Claire Bloom is Michael's slow-witted girlfriend. Counsel are Eric Portman and Raymond Lovell with Frank Cellier as the judge and Clive Morton as Hugh's instructing solicitor. Martin Benson, Cyril Chamberlain and Thora Hird get brief appearances too. If director Harold French had reined in some of the actors, had most of the music toned down and had avoided the nicely wrapped-up ending, the film would've been considerably better.


                          • Joy-Ride (1935). Quite a tedious silly ass comedy which picks up considerably when battleaxe Amy Veness arrives and Betty Davies regresses to being a 5 year old plus there's a jolly song by Eric Spear which unfortunately gets sung far too many times. Otherwise, there's nothing new in this country house farce featuring Gene Gerrard and Paul Blake as idiot brothers, Zelma O'Neal as Betty's sister, Charles Sewell as a blustering henpecked uncle and Gus McNaughton as an enterprising butler. Ian Wilson turns up for a few short scenes, but then he was made for those


                            • Melody (1971) on London Live
                              aka S.W.A.L.K.
                              this was one of the most frequently requested or asked about films on the old forum

                              Mark Lester & Jack Wild Star with Tracy Hyde as Melody.
                              The two young lovers declare their intention to get married (while they are still young teens

                              Soundtrack by the (pre disco) Bee Gees and by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.



                              • Ourselves Alone (1936). i.e. Sinn Féin: Brian Desmond Hurst's brisk account of conflict in 1920s Ireland referred to as "the Troubles". There's no lecturing and Hurst does his best to try to balance sympathies on both sides, with some fanaticism too from both the uniformed RIC and the mac-clad IRA. There's also some comic relief as well as a romantic triangle, and it's all packed into 67 minutes. As a result, an intense John Lodge as the county inspector tends to rattle off his dialogue faster than a machine gun, but aside the inevitable cute Irish whimsy scenes, there's more natural acting from Niall MacGinnis, Clifford Evans (Welsh playing Irish) and Antoinette Cellier, though intelligence officer John Loder is generally as stiff as usual.