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Cinematic short stories
crease-118 December 2006
Bond Street is a visual short story compilation. The stories are connected by a series of objects bought in London's Bond Street for the bride in an upcoming wedding. A dress, string of pearls, veil and bouquet all have a story attached to them. The film is universally well played and tightly directed, with scripts by three separate authors. Nevertheless, the stories merge well to make a pleasing whole. We run the gamut from heavy drama to light British farce, the variety of styles guaranteeing a satisfying experience. Well photographed, on location at times, the titles thanking the "unsuspecting residents of Bond Street" for their contribution.
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In the Mr Cholomdley Warner & Mr Grayson Mold
howardmorley10 December 2012
I always enjoy British films circa 1940s directed in the "Cholomdley-Warner" mold (Harry Enfield).This film reminded me of "Quartet, Trio & Encore", three short films based on stories by William Somerset Maugham."Bond Street" (1948), apart from the named obvious stars, interestingly has Ian Carmichael in a debut walk-on non speaking extra role, working in a high class fashion house in the premier shopping district of west London.

One scene in one of the three short films brought a tear to my eye.Hard working seamstress, Kathleen Harrison (in one of her typical working class roles), wants to have an hour off work to visit her very ill daughter in hospital but finds she cannot as a rich, haughty lady customer wants her dress ready that evening for an important engagement.The manageress tells Kathleen she will have to stay and finish the dress first so missing the hospital appointment.In a fit of pique Kathleen purposely then rips the dress.The audience sympathy however switches to the "haughty lady" when she informs Kathleen her important engagement is in fact an emotional reunion to see her son blinded at Arnhem (1944).When she learns about Kathleen's problems she becomes very sympathetic and takes her for a champagne drink and they become friends.The girls in the work room rally round Kathleen so she can make her hospital appointment to see her daughter.Kathleen also has good news once she arrives there and it all ends happily for her.

There are two other watchable films in this compilation DVD, one with Derek Farr and Jean Kent but I found the story line rather far fetched and it ended too suddenly.I consider my grading of 6/10 fair.
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Anton De Grunwald's Interesting Episode Film About A Dress,A Pearl,A Veil, And Flower
lchadbou-326-2659227 June 2015
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Episode films like this tend to be uneven. In "The Pearl," the second of the four segments all set in London's exclusive shopping district after World War II, we have the most satisfying and visually interesting piece, a sort of noir short story. Derek Farr plays a crook on the run through the wet, shadowy night streets after robbing a jewelry store. He lands up in the apartment of a woman of the streets, who has also just committed a crime, stealing bills from a drunken older man who's flirted with her.While a brief romance develops between these two cynical, hard-bitten thieves, a pearl that has fallen out from Farr's loot,near an old woman sleeping on the street, leads to his being eventually captured by the police after he has shot his lover, and fled over the roofs into the floor show of a night club. The first episode, The Wedding Dress,has some interesting social commentary on class resentment during this period as frustrated,struggling seamstress Kathleen Harrison rips the dress she's supposed to get ready for a seemingly spoiled rich woman who's in a hurry. Her fellow workers show their solidarity by staying late to help her patch it up. In a twist the rich woman is shown to have problems of her own and the two land up bonding with each other In the third episode, The Veil, there is a nice performance by Leslie Howard's son Ron as a young commercial salesman who helps a woman in a clothing repair shop fend off her sleazy blackmailing husband. The fourth episode, The Flower, is more humorous and cute. Hollywood actor Roland Young is droll as the father of a bride to be who flirts with the bridegroom's old flame, a Scandinavian blonde the groom met during the war who has suddenly turned up.There is some topical commentary on postwar austerity as the restaurant they go to doesn't have some of the food the Scandinavian woman would expect to be able to order. There are other funny scenes where they go to a music business to request an obscure Danish drinking song and where Young manages to cleverly get ahead of the others in a line waiting for airplane tickets, which are much in demand. All in all this is a well produced entertainment. Though Gordon Parry is the director, and Terence Rattigan one of the writers, the true auteur of this portmanteau is producer/co-writer Anton De Grunwald, who would make similar episode films later, and with more big stars, even more elegance, and color, such as "The V.I.P.s" and "The Yellow Rolls Royce."
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A Time Capsule with many famous faces
brendangcarroll12 November 2016
I finally caught up with this film again on the recent, excellent DVD from Network, not having seen it since the late 1960s when it was shown on ITV.

It is not a great film by any means. The main reason for watching it today is the glimpse of fashionable Bond Street just after the war when it was still its Victorian self (today it's almost unrecognisable) and for the stream of famous British character actors, some credited but many not.

Roland Young came back from Hollywood for this and is as dapper and amusing as ever. He died 5 years later, much too soon, aged just 65.

Portmanteau films were (as others point out on this board) very popular in the 1940s. I believe the first one, TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942) which spawned the cycle, may have given Anatole DE Grunwald the idea for BOND ST. In the earlier TALES, the stories are all strung together by the fate of a formal evening suit and the people that own it. Its all-star cast included Edward G Robinson in one of his most subtle performances.

BOND STREET uses a wedding trousseau in much the same manner, but it cannot compete with a starry cast.

Yet it's still very entertaining and the location shots as I say, are quite wonderful.

The scene in the posh restaurant where, thanks to wartime rationing still being in force, only fish cakes are on the menu, is priceless.

A wallow in nostalgia that is well worth a look!
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Stock Situations In Bond Street
writers_reign5 September 2016
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The major selling point for me was Terence Rattigan who was responsible for both the original idea plus part of the script. Though inevitably it appears dated it also possesses a patina of nostalgia both for its casting - Jean Kent, Patricia Plunkett, Derek 'Mr. Redwood' Farr, Robert Flemying, Kenneth Griffith, Hazel Court, Kathleen Harrison - and its time-capsule storyline. Four years later Julian Duvivier would expand on the idea of objects as story lines when his Souvenirs Perdus centred on articles in a Lost Property office whilst here the objects are all associated with the wedding of Hazel Court. Though slightly uneven the four segments do manage to blend into a half-decent whole.
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familiar faces in portmanteau film
malcolmgsw2 September 2016
Portmanteau films were popular in the forties.They generally had a common theme.In this film the theme is Bond Street..This is an upmarket street which runs south from Oxford Street.Lots of fashion shops are here.The first episode is set in such an establishment.The featured actress is Kathleen Harrison as a free-market who is waiting on the birth of her grandchild and is poorly treated by her employer.Only the presence of Harrison makes this watchable.The second episode features Jean Kent as a bit of a con artist..A robbery of a jewelers leads to murder.The.It gets very murderer makes her flat his hideout.However they end up in bed together.It gets very talky and rather silly.The third episode is set in an invisible mending shop..Kenneth Griffiths gives a typically nasty character who sponges off his wife and decides to up his game to blackmail..An enjoyable performance and that was it.The fourth episode features Roland Young..Robert Flemyng is about to get married when a former flame from Denmark arrives to stay with him for good..It is an amusing finale to a rather uneven film
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