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School For Scoundrels 1960 DVD Review

9 October 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Robert Hamer

Starring: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim, Janette Scott

Cert: U

Running Time: 97 mins

Extras: Interviews with Peter Bradshaw & Chris Potter, Graham McCann on Terry-Thomas, Stills Gallery, Trailer

The idea of treating life like a competition and getting one over on potential opponents is commonplace in today’s society. On TV The Apprentice regularly showcases selfishness and avarice in a frenzied clamber to the top. The new Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition is criticized from all quarters for encouraging respectful discourse in politics.

Back in 1960 this attitude wasn’t prevalent, which probably contributed to the success of British comedy classic School For Scoundrels. Reissued on DVD and Blu-ray with a spanking digital restoration, this story of bad behaviour packaged as a knowing wink to the male ego has returned to entertain a new generation. Will they be impressed by the black and white antics of the notorious institution of the title, »

- Steve Palace

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Pamela Cundell obituary

16 February 2015 9:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Warmhearted actor who played the amorous Mrs Fox in Dad’s Army

Pamela Cundell, who has died aged 95, was one of the last three surviving regular cast members of Dad’s Army. In the perennially popular, much-loved sitcom, she played the amorous widow Mrs Fox, one of Corporal Jones’s “ladies” who received an extra sausage from the Walmington-on-Sea butcher when she produced her wartime ration book. She eventually married the Home Guard lance-corporal, played by Clive Dunn, in the programme’s finale.

Cundell acted in 13 episodes (1969-77), making her first appearance in the third series, a year after Dad’s Army began. David Croft, who created it with Jimmy Perry, had spotted her when he was sitting in the audience of a live television show in which she was acting alongside Ian Carmichael. As a fortune teller, she turned to the camera at the end and said: “It’ll »

- Anthony Hayward

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Cads Of The First Water! A ‘Mortdecai’ Feature

23 January 2015 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Charlie Mortdecai, the human shambles in a sharp suit, is leaping off the printed page into cinemas this week. Debonair, cultured and about as principled as a rat in the Queen’s cutlery drawer, he’s brought to life by none other than Johnny Depp. It isn’t the first time Depp has used those relatively fresh-faced looks to an advantage when portraying the morally-quagmired. The actor’s most famous ne’er do’well, Captain Jack Sparrow, is setting his dirty sails for a return in 2017. But Mortdecai is a different breed of fish to Sparrow – equally slippery, but more in the category of “cad”; a gentleman who should know better. A man not above using all means at his disposal, from the depraved to the downright duplicitous, to attain his murky goals. Like many of the best of this species, he comes armed with a moustache, a surfeit of »

- Steve Palace

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