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Stars: Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft, Barry Morse, Peter Ustinov, Anne Firth, Frank Pettingell, Leslie Harcourt, Julien Mitchell, Jeremy Hawk, Raymond Lovell | Written by Angus MacPhail, John Dighton | Directed by Basil Dearden, Will Hay
I always enjoy reviewing re-releases of old films, they remind us – and in some cases introduce us to – some classics. One such release is The Goose Steps Out which is getting a special 75th Anniversary release, and is a comedy great from the 1940s…
Will Hay plays William Pots, a bumbling teacher who turns out to be the double of a German general. Sent to Germany to impersonate the general and steal a new bomb the Nazis are working on, he finds himself having to teach a group of students how to spy on the British.
Watching The Goose Steps Out it is easy to see this was a piece of propaganda used to »
- Paul Metcalf
To mark the release of The Goose Steps Out 75th Anniversary Edition on 15th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Inept schoolmaster William Potts (Will Hay: Oh, Mr Porter!, The Black Sheep of Whitehall) is mistaken for a Nazi spy by British Intelligence. When the real spy is captured, Potts is sent to Germany in his place to intercept plans for a new Nazi secret weapon being thought up by inebriate Professor Hoffman (Frank Pettingell: The Remarkable Mr Kipps). Upon his arrival Potts takes charge of a group of trainee spies and, in his own unorthodox fashion, teaches them the manners and customs of the British. Among the young spies are three pro-British Austrians (Charles Hawtrey: Carry On Films, Peter Ustinov: Poirot: Death on the Nile & Barry Morse: The Fugitive TV series), who question Potts’s true motives yet »
William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film “The Exorcist” as well as the director of two films, “The Ninth Configuration” and “The Exorcist III,” has died. He was 89.
Blatty’s 1970 novel “The Exorcist” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty’s adapted screenplay.
The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated “The Exorcist” for preservation as part of »
- Carmel Dagan
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