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The Battle of the River Plate

Powell & Pressburger’s big-scale historical epic is perhaps the best show ever about an old-school naval encounter between battleships. The first half depicts the showdown between England and Germany in the South Atlantic, and the second half a tense diplomatic game in the neutral country of Uruguay. Peter Finch, Bernard Lee and Anthony Quayle shine as sea captains.

Panzerschiff Graf Spee (The Battle of the River Plate)

Region B Blu-ray

ITV Studios Home Entertainment (Germany)

1956 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 119, 106 117 min./ Pursuit of the Graf Spee / Street Date 2010 / Available from Amazon UK £16.90

Starring: Peter Finch, Bernard Lee, Anthony Quayle, John Gregson, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim, Lionel Murton, Anthony Bushell, Peter Illing, Michael Goodliffe, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Lee.

Cinematography: Christopher Challis

Production Design: Arthur Lawson

Film Editor: Reginald Mills

Original Music: Brian Easdale

Written, Produced & Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressberger

The best way so far to see the impressive The Battle of the River Plate
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Angels One Five DVD Review

Director: George More O’Ferrall

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, John Gregson, Cyril Raymond, Veronica Hurst

Cert: U

Running Time: 98 mins

Special Features: Max Arthur on The Battle Of Britain, Restoration Comparison, Trailer

Classic British war films are typically associated with a stiff upper lip, and the lips couldn’t be stiffer for Angels One Five, reissued by StudioCanal to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. The earnest style and dodgy working class accents may raise a chuckle today, but to dismiss it on these grounds would be a disservice to what is both an interesting look inside the military machine and an important social document and product of the post-conflict industry.

Helmer George More O’Ferrall played a major role in the development of the story, basing it on his time at Fighter Command HQ. This was a base that saw seasoned pilots stuck behind desks,
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Win Angels One Five on DVD

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To mark the release of Angels One Five on 24th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. In the summer of 1940, young volunteer reservist T.B. ‘Septic’ Baird (John GregsonThe Longest Day) is forced to crash his Hurricane on the Raf fighter station runway in order to avoid a collision

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Australian Actor Kerr Dead at 92: Best Known for Peter Weir Movies, British TV Series Doctor Who

Doctor Who’ actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir’s ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year of Living Dangerously,’ dead at 92 (photo: Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in ‘Doctor Who’) Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting roles in the Peter Weir movies Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, died on August 28 (or 29, according to some sources), 2014, while watching the TV show Seinfeld at his home in Perth, West Australia. Kerr, whose exact cause of death is unclear, was 92. Born William Kerr on June 10, 1922, in Capetown, South Africa, to Australian vaudevillian parents touring the country, Bill Kerr grew up in Australia, where he became a popular television, stage, and film personality. His show business career began at an early age. “My mother took about 10 weeks off to have me, and when she returned to the
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Power women of the 1950s: Muriel and Betty Box

In her new book Rachel Cooke re-examines the 1950s through 10 women who pioneered in their careers. In this extract she tells the stories of sisters-in-law Muriel and Betty Box, two prominent women in the British film industry

Until recently, anyone who wanted to see the film To Dorothy a Son had to lock themselves deep in the bowels of the British Film Institute off Tottenham Court Road, London, and watch it on an old Steenbeck editing machine. A little-known comedy from 1954, To Dorothy is no one's idea of a classic. It has an infuriating star in Shelley Winters, a creaky screenplay by Peter Rogers (later the producer of the Carry On series) and a set that looks as if it is on loan from a local amateur dramatics society.

We are in the home of Tony (John Gregson) and his baby-faced wife, Dorothy (Peggy Cummins). Dorothy is heavily pregnant, and confined to bed.
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View Film Classics for Free on FilmOn’s The Hollywoodland Channel!

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View Film Classics for Free on FilmOn’s The Hollywoodland Channel!
The Hollywoodland Channel brings classic movie fans their favorite vintage films. It’s a great channel for those of us who love films in general, but also those who love film history. One of the films airing today is 1961′s “The Frightened City,” starring Herbert Lom, John Gregson, Sean Connery, Alfred Marks and Yvonne Romain. Here’s more about the film: “In London’s East End, a violent gang wrecks a small pub after the landlord refuses to pay his protection money. When Police Inspector Sayers arrives on the scene the landlord denies everything and puts the damage down to a few rowdy customers. Nightclub owner Harry Foulcher is one of the mobsters [ Read More ]

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Dinah Sheridan: a career in clips

Dinah Sheridan, who played the mother in the 1970 version of The Railway Children, has died. We take a look at her life in film

Before the second world war, a teenage Sheridan played the fresh-faced ingenue in a string of British features, including a snobbish daughter in Father Steps Out (1937) and a theatrical type in the murder mystery Landslide (also 1937) – the latter film co-starring her future husband Jimmy Hanley. Clips are hard to find for these cheap and cheerful pictures – it's not until cult caper Calling Paul Temple (1948) that we can get a look at Sheridan, then in her late 20s, in action. She played Steve, the vivacious wife of the suave crime novelist of the title, played by John Bentley.

And you can catch a glimpse of Sheridan doing some knitting while a precocious Petula Clark twangs her guitar in The Huggetts Abroad, one of the series of Huggetts movies in the late 40s.
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Dinah Sheridan obituary

Vivacious star of Genevieve and The Railway Children

Though the actor Dinah Sheridan, who has died aged 92, was an "English rose" of the type still firmly in vogue in British theatre and films of the immediate postwar era, she had a vivacity and depth of talent that went further than the label suggested.

The 1953 film that would almost certainly have turned her into an international star – but for an ill-judged second marriage to the head of the company that made it – was Genevieve. Two rival couples taking part in the London to Brighton veteran car rally were the backbone of the film, and Kenneth More as the brasher of the two male drivers and Kay Kendall as his glamorous model girlfriend had the more extrovert roles. But Sheridan was quietly appealing as the woman who would rather stand by the man prepared to lose the race (John Gregson) than win
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Dinah Sheridan obituary

Vivacious star of Genevieve and The Railway Children

Though the actor Dinah Sheridan, who has died aged 92, was an "English rose" of the type still firmly in vogue in British theatre and films of the immediate postwar era, she had a vivacity and depth of talent that went further than the label suggested.

The 1953 film that would almost certainly have turned her into an international star – but for an ill-judged second marriage to the head of the company that made it – was Genevieve. Two rival couples taking part in the London to Brighton veteran car rally were the backbone of the film, and Kenneth More as the brasher of the two male drivers and Kay Kendall as his glamorous model girlfriend had the more extrovert roles. But Sheridan was quietly appealing as the woman who would rather stand by the man prepared to lose the race (John Gregson) than win
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Film star Dinah Sheridan dies aged 92

Actor was best known for her roles as the mother in The Railway Children and the 1953 comedy Genevieve

The film star Dinah Sheridan, who played the mother in The Railway Children, has died. Sheridan, 92, who also starred in the 1953 film comedy Genevieve, died peacefully at her home in Northwood, Middlesex on Sunday surrounded by her family, said her agent Gareth Owen.

Sheridan, the mother of actor Jenny Hanley and politician Sir Jeremy Hanley, was considered the quintessential English rose because of her elegance and understated beauty.

She was born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in Hampstead, north London, in 1920 to a Russian father and German mother who were photographers to the royal family. Her first stage role came at the age of 12 and she subsequently went on tour as Wendy in Peter Pan which starred Charles Laughton as Captain Hook. Her film break came shortly and she appeared in such films as
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