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6 items from 2012


Joe Melia obituary

7 November 2012 8:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider. »

- Michael Coveney

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Joe Melia obituary

7 November 2012 8:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider. »

- Michael Coveney

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Win Go to Blazes on DVD

3 February 2012 3:18 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Go to Blazes on DVD this Monday, 6th February, Studio Canal have given us three copies of the class movie to give away. The movie was originally released in 1962, is directed by Michael Truman and stars Maggie Smith, Dave King, Robert Morley and Daniel Massey.

For anyone who loves British comedy, Go To Blazes features an all-star cast that includes Robert Morley (The African Queen, Topkapi), Daniel Massey (In Which We Serve, The Entertainer), Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Rebel) and Coral Browne (Auntie Mame, Theatre of Blood).  Go To Blazes also features classic British character actors Norman Rossington (The Wrong Box, The Charge of the Light Brigade), Finlay Currie (Around The World in Eighty Days, Ben Hur) and Miles Malleson (The Importance of Being Earnest, The Man In The White Suit). And last but not least, Go To Blazes stars Dame Maggie Smith »

- Competitons

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DVD Review: Go to Blazes

29 January 2012 6:53 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Go To Blazes

Stars: Dave King, Robert Morley, Daniel Massey, Maggie Smith | Written by Patrick Campbell, Vivienne Knight | Directed by Michael Truman

First released in 1962, Go to Blazes is a frothy British comedy in the classic mould. The film follows the escapades of a trio of hapless criminals. After their getaway from a jewellery shop robbery is foiled by a traffic jam caused by a fire engine, the gang decide to procure a fire engine of their own as the perfect getaway vehicle. With zany results!

For some reason it feels more difficult to criticise old movies than it does modern ones. I think there’s an innate instinct to revere that which has gone before, at least in terms of cinema. Of course, the language and culture of cinema today is vastly different from the early sixties, which makes it tricky, for me at least, to offer a fair critique. »

- Jack Kirby

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DVD Review - Go to Blazes (1962)

18 January 2012 5:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Go to Blazes, 1962.

Directed by Michael Truman.

Starring Dave King, Robert Morley, Norman Rossington, Daniel Massey, Dennis Price, Maggie Smith and David Lodge.

Synopsis:

Three robbers plan a heist using a fire engine as a getaway vehicle, but their scheme begins to unravel when they are mistaken for real firemen.

British cinema has had many memorable eras during its time. It’s often American cinema that is seen as the leading light in film. That may be because of the glitz of Hollywood and where the money is, masking the fact that often, much has been pilfered from European and Asian cinema over the years. In certain periods of time, Britain has threatened to run side by side with its American cousin without ever looking like overtaking. The 60s was a defining era for British film. We had the launch of Michael Caine, and the beginning of some gritty, grounded, »

- flickeringmyth

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DVD Review: Go To Blazes – No Carry On… Or Ealing Comedy

4 January 2012 2:46 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Receiving its first ever DVD release this week, classic comedy Go To Blazes is unfortunately not as wonderful as many other British farces. So before you rush to the shops – or indeed the cinema, where the film is also being re-released in a limited capacity – check out our review first!

Bernard, Harry and Alfie are three charming but foolhardy crooks that smash and grab tactics rarely come off. On their way for another stint behind bars they see the traffic part for an on call fire engine and hatch a new plan. Upon their release they set out to acquire a fire engine to use as the perfect getaway vehicle on a jewellery robbery. But when they are mistaken for real firemen their plan slowly begins to unravel. When Harry gets scared by the appearance of the police, he accidentally runs into a dress salons changing room. »

- Stuart Cummins

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