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  • 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 !!
    Ah, the Bernard Matthews Final!


    • Originally posted by zabadak View Post

      Ah, the Bernard Matthews Final!
      That must've been bootiful to watch then . . .


      • The Marked One (1963). Rather an odd title (Reg Thomason's lists give the more sensible The Marked Man) for a minor hour-long crime thriller, efficiently enough done under the direction of Francis Searle from a script written anonymously, it appears, by Paul Erickson. William Lucas is an ex-con and he, his wife and his young daughter are all being threatened by a mystery man who's after the perfect fiver printing plates that Lucas can put his hands on. The performances are quite variable with lots of telephone acting; Lucas, Zena Walker and Arthur Lovegrove do pretty well, Patrick Jordan, Laurie Leigh and David Gregory not quite so and Kim Tracy, Gordon Waine and especially Lynn Pinkney well advised to look elsewhere for employment. Made out of MGM British by Tom Blakeley's Planet Films with plenty of location work.
        Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 12th December 2017, 08:56 PM.


        • The Cardinal (1936). Creaky old historical melodrama with Matheson Lang giving a polished performance in the title role when not overplaying being mad. He's out to save his brother from being executed for a murder he did not commit, the real culprit being the villainous General Belmonte. Eric Portman, looking like a cross between Jesus Christ and a young Basil Rathbone, plays the brother and delivers most of his lines at James Cagney tempo, while unprepossessing Robert Atkins, short, stocky and bald, plays the general. June Duprez is the object of affection for the brother and the general. Will the Cardinal save his brother from the axe and June from the general? Sixteenth century Rome might be the setting, but histrionic city more accurately the destination.


          • The Intruder (1953)

            A few years after the war, an former army officer finds one of his men breaking into his house, and traces his life back to the army and demob to find out why he became a criminal.
            Impressive little drama, nicely directed by Guy Hamilton and with top notch performances from Jack Hawkins and Michael Medwin.
            The kids playing on the post war bombsite is a particularly nice touch.
            With George Cole, Dennis Price and Duncan Lamont.


            • "One More River" 1934

              An American film but you'd be forgiven if you thought it was British. Set in England, a young woman married to a brutal, abusive man

              meets a young man on a ship & they fall in love.

              Diana Wynyard, Colin Clive, Frank Lawton, Reginald Denny, C Aubrey Smith, Henry Stephenson, Lionel Atwill, Alan Mowbray

              & Mrs Patrick Campbell.

              Directed by James Whale (who thought it was his best picture) this is quite an engrossing film which

              has a particularly impressive courtroom scene.

              Frank Lawton looks like a juvenile John Mills & looks a bit too immature for Ms Wynyard'

              Colin Clive was a fine actor who unfortunately is remembered mostly for "Frankenstein" & is very good as the abusive husband!

              A film full of Hollywod Brits!
              Last edited by wadsy; 18th December 2017, 06:27 AM.


              • The Riverside Murder (1935). A lightweight murder mystery with a fair bit of humour, not least Alastair Sim (35 looking like 55) in his first film and already a lugubrious detective sergeant. Basil Sydney is the inspector investigating the riverside murders, plural, the victims being members of a financial pact that is due to mature. Ian Fleming and Reginald Tate collectively have knocking knees as the killer gets closer and intrepid and of course irritating reporter Judy Gunn sticks her heavily-powdered nose in. Director Albert Parker appears too . . . as a film director. Good fun.


                • Feuds.I read the book Betty and Joan some years ago.I thought it was hilarious.I liked the way Davis called Crawford Lucille,her original name.
                  There is Avery funny account by John Fraser in his autobiography of having to look after Davis one evening.
                  I recall being lucky enough to see Davis at a Guardian Lecture at the NFT,probably when she was here for The Anniversary.



                  • Originally posted by cassidy View Post
                    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.
                    I'm in full agreement with cassidy; Diana Dors shows what a powerful actress she could be and the direction of J. Lee Thompson is outstanding as it creeps in from odd angles, almost sneaking glimpses of what's going on, and then turns slightly surreal towards the end as the execution date draws near.


                    • They Knew Mr Knight (1946). I wasn’t predisposed to watch this Mervyn Johns movie at all— seeing as how he was so thoroughly typecast playing passive, pocket-sized characters. But I watched it twice.

                      He gets top billing playing a quiescent co-owner of a Nottingham family engineering firm but he’s surrounded by a rich collection of characters.

                      His wife (Nora Swinburne) keeps the household together with the aid of a ‘morning help’ maid. His wastrel brother is a ‘slacker’ who's never had ‘a job worth doing’. His mother, the dragon to the clan, is a Sabbatarian who refuses to endure the humiliation of queueing at the post office for shillings via the old age pension. His ungrateful daughter (Joyce Howard) aspires to leisured society but is obliged to hide in a powder room terrified of the ignominy of facing her uncle who’s obliged to get a servile job as a cloakroom attendant. And there’s Mr Knight the genial financier who lights the wick of this morality tale.

                      I found the film similar to —and as fascinating as— ‘The Woman In The Hall’ (1947), in its depiction of home life before Britain entered the abyss of The Welfare State.


                      • Radio Lover (1936). A Singin' in the Rain ploy of pretending to croon when someone else is supplying the voice turns out to be a pretty enjoyable caper with handsome Jack Melford supposedly the Radio Lover but with his mellow voice secretly supplied by mousey Wylie Watson. The irony here is that Wylie himself has his singing voice dubbed in for the purposes of the film!
                        Ian Dalrymple's lively comedy complications are well delivered by all the cast, including Betty-Ann Davies, Cynthia Stock and Ann Penn and Melford's brother Austin briskly co-directs with Paul Capon.


                        • Hoffman (1969). Peter Sellers plays the title character, a creepy office worker who blackmails typist Sinéad Cusack to spend a week with him in his flat. Sellers didn't like this "comedy" and neither do I. He plays it straight while the whole concept of the film is simply not amusing, just pretty unsavoury. None of the (basically four) characters in the film are admirable and the humour is difficult to find. Written by Ernest Gébler from his own novel and directed by Alvin Rakoff, who should've known better. Unpleasant.


                          • Please Teacher (1937). Short, rubber-mouthed and energetic, Bobby Howes gives it all in this likeable enough musical comedy featuring various game grotesques (Wylie Watson, Bertha Belmore and Vera Pearce) and shades of Fu Manchu (Professor Moriarty of yore Lyn Harding forsaking his scowl and scarf for a frown and chanshang). At Bertha's girls' school, Bobby has to trace a hidden legacy left by his late aunt while wooing René Ray and dodging the death threats of the Brotherhood of the Scarlet Dragon. Writer/Director Stafford Dickens keeps up the pace and provides some risqué quips as well as knockabout sequences with the athletic Mr. Howes and surprisingly, the large yet agile Miss Pearce.
                            Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 20th December 2017, 07:29 PM.


                            • Chase A Crooked Shadow (1958) . Anne Baxter is enjoying life in her Spanish villa when her brother Richard Todd suddenly turns up and turns her life upside down.The only problem is that she believed that her brother was killed in a car crash sometine ago. Faith Brook is Todd's mysterious and sometimes jealous companion and Alexander Knox is her uncle. Herbert Lom is the policeman trying to sort the whole mess out . Exciting thriller directed by Michael Anderson. The screenplay by Osborn and Sinclair reminded me of Jimmy Sangster's later work. Enjoyed it.


                              • The Middle Watch (1939). All aboard H.M.S. Falcon for a farce that barely opens up the stage origins of the piece, "Off the Record" by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall. A number of ladies find themselves on board the ship overnight which causes endless daft complications for Captain Jack Buchanan, Commander David Hutcheson, Captain of Marines Bruce Seton and Marine Leslie Fuller, especially when Admiral Fred Emney (minus moustache of course) waddles onboard. The ladies are Greta Gynt and Kay Walsh and others of the fair sex, if not gentle, are Martita Hunt, Louise Hampton and Jean Gillie. Romney Brent unfortunately gets a lot to do as a pidgin English Chinese servant, very uncomfortable viewing when seen today. Leslie gets the last line of the film, which is "Carry on, Corporal" almost predicting the film's remake title of Carry On Admiral, in which Ronald Shiner, briefly in this one as the chief engineer, and inheritor of much of Leslie's shtick, more of less gets his role.