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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

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Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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Douglas Leaves Little To Family

Legendary British actor Jack Douglas left just $21,000 (£14,000) to his relatives following his death last year.

The 81-year-old, best known for his recurring role in the classic Carry On comedy film franchise, passed away in December after a battle with pneumonia.

And despite his high profile work in eight Carry On movies, as well as appearances in British TV comedies such as The Goodies and The Benny Hill Show, the star was left with very little money to pass on to his family by the time his will was executed this year.

Throughout his life Douglas often complained of the low pay he received during his time as a Carry On actor, claiming he was never handed any royalties from repeat TV screenings.

'Carry On' star Jack Douglas dies, 81

Carry On star Jack Douglas has died at the of 81. The comedy actor, who rose to fame playing stuttering Alf Ippititimus, died on the Isle of Wight this morning after battling an undisclosed illness. Phil Dale, the star's agent and close friend, said: "[He] was one of those lovely people who came from the world of comedy and understood comedy timing in the sense of the old British tradition of farce." (more)
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Actor Jack Douglas Dead At 81

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Actor Jack Douglas Dead At 81
Legendary British actor Jack Douglas has died of pneumonia at the age of 81.

Douglas was best known for his role in eight movies in the bawdy Carry On comedy film franchise, including the classics Carry On Abroad and Carry On Matron.

He was also a revered theatre actor and pantomime star, and appeared in several British TV comedies including The Goodies and The Benny Hill Show.

Douglas had suffered ill health for a number of years, and died at his home on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, on Thursday.

His agent Phil Dale says, "Jack was one of those lovely people who came from the world of comedy and understood comedy timing in the sense of the old British tradition of farce".

Douglas leaves a partner, Vivien Howell.

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