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  • The Man Inside (1958). Another stolen diamond hunt, this one quite bitty and confusing with quick dashes from New York to Lisbon to Madrid to Paris and to London. A smirking and breathless Jack Palance heads the cast as an ill-defined somebody leading the chase for the jewel and unfortunately the brutish Jack can't pull off the light semi-comedic and romantic touches the role requires. Nigel Patrick seems miscast too as the thief and murderer they're all after, but he at least does it with some polish and aplomb while Anthony Newley is pretty dreadful as a Spanish taxi driver who becomes Jack's sidekick. Compensations come in the shapely shape of Anita Ekberg as the lady also very keen on the gem and interesting turns from Sid James, Bonar Colleano in his last film and Josephine Brown. A step up in production values for director John Gilling, but until we get to the climatic scenes on board a train bound for England, it's all pretty pedestrian stuff. Where all the villains in the chase quite come from seems indefinite and I wonder if the editor's scissors were wielded a bit too heavily.
    Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 2nd August 2018, 01:29 PM.

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    • Duel in The Sun: King Vidor's steamy oater from 1946 (a.k.a. "Lust in The Dust"). A surprisingly clean technicolor print for TUTV, though rather a 'soft' image.

      Hadn't seen this it over fifty years. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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      • I Was Monty's Double (1958) on BBC2. Johnny Mills being heroic as usual.

        I was wondering how many of the soldiers in North Africa who thought that they saw or met Monty actually saw (or met) M.E. Clifton James?

        A large smattering of Brit Movie regulars like Leslie Philips, Marius Goring, Michael Hordern, Sid James, Cecil Parker etc., etc.

        Steve

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        • A good war film double for BBC2 this week with The Man Who Never Was last Sunday and Monty's Double today.

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          • Interesting how, over the last month on this thread, we've had The Man Who Haunted Himself, The Last Man To Hang, The Straw Man, The Man Without A Body, The Man Who Never Was and The Man Inside....

            So I thought I'd join the party with:

            The October Man (1947)

            Always had a soft spot for this gripping little film noir; an excellent directorial debut from Roy Ward Baker with the shadowy influence of Hitchcock pervading throughout. Sterling lead performance from John Mills as a confused man recovering from a head injury who becomes chief suspect in the hunt for the murderer of lonely model Kay Walsh. Centred around the hotel where Mills is staying (on the edge of the fog shrouded Common where Walsh meets her fate) the other residents include gossipy Joyce Carey, twittering George Benson and a rather sinister and self-assured Edward Chapman - you'll never shudder at Norman Wisdom's bumbling Mr Grimsdale so much as you do here! Strong performances across the whole cast with solid support from sleazy Jack Melford, avuncular Felix Aylmer, unswervingly devoted sweetheart Joan Greenwood and dogged detective Frederick Piper, plus an amusing little cameo from garage mechanic James Hayter towards the end. Mills himself is outstanding as he veers between self-doubting, suicidal anguish and resourceful, steely resolve. A fine British post war psychological thriller.

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            • Originally posted by Tonch View Post
              Interesting how, over the last month on this thread, we've had The Man Who Haunted Himself, The Last Man To Hang, The Straw Man, The Man Without A Body, The Man Who Never Was and The Man Inside....

              So I thought I'd join the party with:

              The October Man (1947)
              But not The Man Who Knew Too Much...........Oh well Que Sera Sera !!!!!

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              • Battle of Britain (1969) on ITV4 this afternoon.
                Sterling & stirring stuff portraying Britain’s (and the Empire’s) “Finest Hour”.

                Steve

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                • Ghost Stories (2017)

                  bit it disappointed by the film adaptation of the West End hit. I saw a teaser trailer a year or so ago and it had the hairs standing on the back of my neck, literally. The film is creepy rather than scary but competently made, well acted and worth watching if you like the 'puzzle within a puzzle' approach

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                  • The Snorkel (1958)

                    A teenage girl determines to bring to justice the man she thinks killed her Mother, her Stepfather.
                    Hammer moves to the Italian coast with a rather routine production, from a novel by actor Anthony Dawson.
                    The normally engaging Mandy Miller is here rather stiff as tortured teen Candy, whilst Peter Van Eyck is the sinister Stepdad.
                    Nice scenery, but a bit so-so.
                    With Betta St. John and William Franklyn.

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                    • Twelve Monkeys (1995) on BBC4
                      By Terry Gilliam with Bruce Willis (not in a vest for once), Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt

                      Steve

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                      • Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post
                        Battle of Britain (1969) on ITV4 this afternoon.
                        Sterling & stirring stuff portraying Britain’s (and the Empire’s) “Finest Hour”.

                        Steve
                        Top, top film with one of the most poignant endings of a war film I've seen

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                        • My Generation (2017)

                          Michael Caine's excellent documentary profile of the 1960s from a cultural perspective and told through archive footage and interviews with people who were there. Caine, who was also the producer, is a genial host (no difficult questions just a bit of a chat) and some of the film is fascinating. It all adds up to an entertaining jaunt down memory lane and some undemanding but worthwhile entertainment

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                          • the Adjusrment Bureau (2011) on ITV4 recently

                            Starring Matt Damon & Emily Blunt as star crossed lovers being “adjusted” by the adjustment bureau. A great role by all concerned. Including the supporting roles for a few people like Terence Stamp. Great stuff

                            Steve

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                            • Thers a girl in my soup 1970

                              im sure many of us watched this on tptv . Hoping that we had discovered a rare gem . Not im afraid .
                              Starts encouragingly with pretty english girls and almost a softcore approach then swaps them for fawning over goldie hawn and thats when it goes off cock . Im glad this one never passed my radar b4 pity it strayed into my path last night .
                              Last edited by AlecLeamas; 11th August 2018, 02:35 PM.

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                              • Originally posted by AlecLeamas View Post
                                Thers a girl in my soup 1970

                                im sure many of us watched this on tptv . Hoping that we had discovered a rare gem .
                                Not me. I saw it back when it first came out and have never had the slightest interest in seeing it again. The term 'dire' is too good for it.

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