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The Cricklewood Greats (2012)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  5 February 2012 (UK)
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The presenter recalls his boyhood heroes from the Cricklewood film studios,assisted by Tim Dempsey,founder of the Cricklewood Appreciation Society. The studio was established by failed ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Himself - presenter / Leslie Grangely
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenny Driscoll
Joe Hazelhurst
Cavan Clerkin ...
Alec Griffin
Hazel Douglas ...
Agnes Sand
Lionel Crisp
Paulo DeMarco
Tim Dempsey - Collector
Florrie Fontaine
Philip Pope ...
George Potts ...
Arthur Simm
Georgina Strawson ...
Continuity Announcer


The presenter recalls his boyhood heroes from the Cricklewood film studios,assisted by Tim Dempsey,founder of the Cricklewood Appreciation Society. The studio was established by failed magician Arthur Sims,creator of silent comedy legend Harold the Hobo - alias the Little Drunk - before succumbing to a fatal gag involving a steam roller. In the 1930s chirpy Northern lass Florrie Fontaine became the country's highest paid home grown performer,starring in 'Clog Capers of 1932' and 'Florrie Drives a Lorry',as well as featuring in her own comic strip. In World War II she was the forces' sweetheart,the German forces,leading to a decline in popularity and exile to Benidorm to run a bier-keller.Post war Acton Films'series of horror movies with former Shakespearean lead Lionel Crisp revived studio fortunes whilst the 60s saw perky Cockney lass Jenny Driscoll decorate the cheeky 'Thumbs Up' series of farces (Thumbs Up,Marie Antoinette,Thumbs Up,Uranus) until scandal ended her career.Final ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Does anyone remember Nobert Smith?
9 April 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Cricklewood Greats' will bring back nostalgic memories not just for those who recall the British film industry of the mid-20th century, but also for those who recall Harry Enfield's hilarious 'Norbert Smith: A Life', which took a similar approach (the documentary parody) to the same subject matter. Enfield's effort was arguably funnier, partly because in Peter Capaldi's film, the stories followed seem more arbitrarily assembled (in 'Nobert Smith', a single actor provided a link); but Capaldi is (expectedly) good in mocking the forms of the modern celebrity-led documentary, where everything is presented as that most weary of clichés, the personal journey. Other than this, Capaldi's targets are fairly obvious: I smiled a lot, but Norbert had me in hysterics.

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