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One Way Pendulum (1965)

The very eccentric Groomkirby family, in between inventing odd devices, decide to reenact a murder and trial in their living room.

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Kenneth Farrington ...
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Clerk of the Court / Drycleaner's Assistant
Frederick Piper ...
Usher / Office Clerk
Vincent Harding ...
Policeman / Bus Conductor
Tommy Bruce ...
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The very eccentric Groomkirby family, in between inventing odd devices, decide to reenact a murder and trial in their living room.

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Referenced in The Making of 'The Italian Job' (2003) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
From The Messiah (oratorio)
Written by George Frideric Handel
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Seminal N.F. Simpson play translated to screen
8 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have longed to see this film and pestered Turner to show it for years, and finally they put it on in October 2011 as part of a Peter Yates series. It has a wonderful cast of British actors, including Graham Crowden (who appeared in the original play), George Cole, Mona Washbourne and Glyn Houston.

Jonathan Miller is cast against type as an almost nonverbal character who is training talking weighing machines to sing as a chorus. I was amazed to hear one of the songs they sang was Michael Brown's LIZZIE BORDEN from NEW FACES OF 1952! If you haven't read the play, you may have trouble following this when a living room turns into a court room; it must have been easier to grasp this watching it on stage where the room was assembled before the audience by the eccentric father.

Thank you, Turner, for finally letting the public see this!


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