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  • #76
    The Iron Maiden (1962)

    Watched the recent Network release. I had surprisingly never seen this before and, although I enjoyed it, found it to be too much like many others of the time. A Peter Rogers/Gerald Thomas film (surprise. surprise!) but with one or two US imports eg Alan Hale.


    • #77
      With some nice views of Handley Page Hangars and Victor Bomber - filmed at Radlett : )


      • #78
        Play It Cool (1962). Mainly plotless excuse to have Billy Fury sing a few songs, joined by Helen Shapiro, Bobby Vee and Shane Fenton (Alvin Stardust), with Michael Anderson, Jr., Ray Brooks, Jeremy Bulloch and Keith Hamshere as Billy's chums. The storyline, such as it is, features Anna Palk, Dennis Price, Maurice Kaufmann and Richard Wattis, plus visits to twist clubs here, there and everywhere. Directed through a megaphone loudly (one suspects) by Michael Winner.


        • #79
          Wake Wood (2009). Apparently Hammer's first theatrical release for 30 years, and all the old tropes are there: Digging up a corpse in a graveyard while it pelts with rain, strange rituals performed by strange locals in a strange town and blood. Rather a lot of blood actually. Frantic editing and a lack of character empathy kind of spoiled it a bit for me. Nice to have Hammer releasing things again though. I'd better watch The Woman in Black next I suppose?


          • John Hamilton
            John Hamilton commented
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            The Woman in Black is a very different proposition from this and well worth catching. I found Daniel Radcliffe a tad disappointing, for me he isn't a strong enough, but the production values are excellent

          • taphonomy
            taphonomy commented
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            Thanks John. I think we'll probably watch The Woman in Black next week at our regular Tuesday Film Night. I wonder how it stands up to the marvellous 1989 version?

          • John Hamilton
            John Hamilton commented
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            Good question and the honest answer is I can't remember! I do recall being blown away by the 1989 version but that's it. I also saw the play in the West End, I guess about the same time, but remember more of it.

        • #80
          The Iron Maiden - As you say BVS some great pictures of the Victor bomber but I rather doubt it ever had interiors as shown in the film!!!


          • #81
            Comin' thro' the Rye (1947). A dedication to the immortal memory of Robert Burns with, wait for it, Terence Alexander as Rabbie! However, Terence doesn't speak, and there are numerous voice-overs including the twang Glasgae twang o' Molly Weir. Over-reverential perhaps, but a nice tribute to Burns' talent, who may hae wrote the words, but nae the music.


            • #82
              White Settlers (2014)

              Nice English couple move into a ramshackle farmhouse in Scotland where the 'weather is shit, the food is shit and the football is shit. The locals have their own way of dealing with interlopers, they attack the farm in animal masks! A sort of Straw Dogs, You're Next, Eden Lake fusion with none of the shock, verve or style of any of them. A particularly pointless little movie.


              • #83
                The Vicious Circle (1957)

                .John Mills is the Harley Street doctor who finds a dead German actress in his flat and is suspected of her murder. Roland Culver is the Detective Inspector trying to solve the case and Noelle Middleton is JM's fiancee and Derek Farr is his good friend who loves to call him "Squire". Lionel Jeffries plays against type as a nasty reporter and Wilfred Hyde White is his usual urbane self . Mervyn Johns plays a worried Doctor.Further mystery when another dead body turns up, again found by John Mills. Written by Francis Durbridge, Produced and directed by the Carry On team of Rogers and Thomas. I found it complicated but enjoyable, particularly the scenes of London Airport as it was then.
                Last edited by cassidy; 1st April 2017, 10:00 AM.


                • #84
                  Operation Amsterdam (1959). Dirty macs abound in this dour wartime adventure in which po-faced Tony Britton, Mr. Bean costumed Peter Finch and in need of a comb Alexander Knox are on a mission to Holland to grab industrial diamonds before the Nazis do. Aided by Eva Bartok, our heroes race around Amsterdam locations and the Pinewood backlot sets from A Tale of Two Cities where they encounter Malcolm Keen, Melvyn Hayes, Christopher Rhodes, Peter Swanwick and Alfred Burke as well as Tim Turner being far nastier than usual. There's a fair bit of back projection, some of it quite dodgy, but it's all quite entertaining and excellently-paced by director and co-writer Michael McCarthy.


                  • #85
                    Locke (2014)

                    One man driving down a motorways for 90mins and trying to sort his life out on the phone. It could easily have been a radio play but with Tom Hardy as the only actor on the screen and vocal talents of the likes of Ruth Wilson and Olivia Coleman, it turns out to an exceptional, if minimalist, piece of cinema.


                    • #86
                      633 Squadron (1964)

                      In 1944 a British fighter/bomber squadron, lead by an American ex Eagle pilot, is assigned to destroy a German fuel depot located deep in a Norwegian fjord.
                      Watchable war heroics, with some decent flying sequences and that memorable score from Ron Goodwin.
                      Cliff Robertson is a bit stiff in the lead role and George Chakiris fatally miscast as the Norwegian resistance leader. But the Brit cast featuring Harry Andrews, Michael Goodliffe, Donald Houston and Angus Lennie acquit themselves well enough.
                      The high casualty rate, even for a war film, does give the whole thing an air of despondency though and the ending is bleak.


                      • #87
                        We Dive at Dawn (1943) on BBC2 this morning
                        Johnny Mills giving sterlings service as the skipper of a WWII sub. Many and various other people in the crew & ashore
                        They're due some leave and Niall MacGinnis is due to get married (but he isn't keen on it) to Coxwain CPO Dabbs' (Reginald Purdell) sister
                        Eric Portman is having trouble at home. John Mills wants to get his dates lined up.

                        But then they all get a telegram recalling them to the ship, they're sailing in the morning. Sighs of relief from Niall MacGinnis, curses from the others.

                        They're after a Nazi battleship, the Brandenburg. They chase her and catch her, but they're very low on fuel & food.
                        Eric Portman suggests that they go to a Danish out-station where he thinks they can get some fuel
                        Eric goes ashore and speaks enough German to fool the guards, for a while.
                        The sub comes in and starts to load up with fuel & stores while Portman fends off the Nazis

                        The return home to general congratulations and happy reunions

                        All good stirring stuff.



                        • #88
                          Look Back in Anger (1958). John Osborne's very angry young man with a trumpet looking back is a shouting and theatrical Richard Burton who's in a disastrous marriage with Mary Ure and he only has time for Edith Evans (!). Then "hated" actress Claire Bloom comes to stay . . .
                          What was groundbreaking now seems pretentious and Burton's character is so unsympathetic and self-pitying it's quite odd that anyone would have anything to do with such a sociopath. Bleakly scripted by Nigel Kneale and directed by Tony Richardson with a trite ending.


                          • #89
                            Hammer House of Horror (1980)

                            The Thirteenth Reunion

                            Journalist Julia Foster is sent by her paper to try out a country weight loss clinic, that uses extreme measures and finds that some of the guest tubbies are leaving in a pine box.
                            Predictable stuff with a one note performance by Foster, but the cast is great including Warren Clarke, Kevin Stoney, Norman Bird and George Innes.

                            Guardian Of The Abyss

                            One of the best episodes in this variable Hammer spin off series, with Ray Lonnen as an antiques dealer, helping young Rosalyn Landor stay clear of a satanic cult.
                            Landor is great, playing essentially a grown up version of the young intended sacrificial victim she played in the Devil Rides Out. John Carson is terrific as the head Satanist, in the absence of Charles Gray.
                            With Barbara Ewing and Paul Darrow..


                            • #90

                              Guardian Of The Abyss

                              One of the best episodes in this variable Hammer spin off series, with Ray Lonnen as an antiques dealer, helping young Rosalyn Landor stay clear of a satanic cult.
                              Landor is great, playing essentially a grown up version of the young intended sacrificial victim she played in the Devil Rides Out. John Carson is terrific as the head Satanist, in the absence of Charles Gray.
                              With Barbara Ewing and Paul Darrow..[/QUOTE]

                              Roslyn Landor is gorgeous in this. I always think that Ray Lonnen was miscast however. He just doesn't seem right to me!