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 ...
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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 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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From Hollywood to Cricklewood
29 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mockumentaries are now more common but a lot of them are not very good, even when Christopher Guest is involved.

Oscar winner Peter Capaldi gets in the act with a film about Cricklewood Studios which made costume dramas to Ealing style comedies, Horror and then Carry on type films. You get to see clips of the various films they made in an affectionate parody style.

At one point you actually think Cricklewood existed but for the inclusion of one or two current actors who appear in popular dramas.

There are some very funny lines and scenarios, especially the mocking of Gracie Fields.

Capaldi who plays himself in the film very much gets into the act as the fan of Cricklewood and his face lights up when he gets the chance to visit the legendary studios which is now a giant DIY store.

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