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Ebtertaining thriller from the master of horror, 24 December 2014
6/10

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Before he made his name at Hammer Terence Fisher directed a considerable number of B features,of which this is one.It is directed by him in a brisk no nonsense manner.It revolves around the murder of members of a courts martial and threats made to the surviving member.The other review refers to a surprise twist.However it isn't much of a surprise bearing in mind that it is revealed quite a considerable way from the climax.It is here that Eleanor Summerfield scoops John Bentley and is awarded her own by line whereas John Bentley is relegated to the agony aunt.This is strikingly similar to the Warner Brothers "Hi Nellie" made in 1934 with Paul Muni.The film is very much enlivened by Sam Kydd playing a rather shady character who sticks his nose out too far.Coincidentally I am currently reading the BFI book on Fisher and the author devotes about one sentence to this film.Probably because it doesn't fit in with his auteur theory.

radio spin off, 23 December 2014
5/10

Before TV spin offs there came radio spin offs such as Life With The Lyons,The Grove family and 20Questions Murder Mystery.In those films the original radio cast was used but not here.Only Leslie Phillips survives,presumably because he was established as a film actor.As to the replacements i would have preferred to see Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker reprise their roles.However the addition of Cecil Parker is quite inspired as he was a truly great comedy actor in his later years.The film is quite funny up to the half way point but then sags with the rather unfunny revolution.Also i think that Ronnie Shiner was clearly an unfortunate choice for the CPO.He looks very aged and not really up to it.

One of the most bizarre films of the 1930s, 19 December 2014
6/10

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Due to a dead star colliding with the moon the seaside village of Shrimpham by sea is drawn out of the earth and becomes a small planet orbiting the earth with its own sea.There is nothing else on this little planet.The village postmaster is a bit of a scientist has worked out exactly what has happened.So the village constitutes a council to govern matters with the local Lord as chairman.After a time there is dissatisfaction with the way things are going .As a result there is an election with the postman winning.However the Lord refuses to co operate and there is the threat of civil war.At that moment the village is returned to earth only in a different part of the globe.The navy comes to collect the residents and take them back to England.However the lovers,the postmasters daughter and the Lords son decide to stay behind.A truly bizarre film with minimal special effects.

Bizarre implausible but still entertaining, 17 December 2014
6/10

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It seems as if Monty Tully wanted to make this film as different as he could from the run of the mill crime films.So we have the joint head of the gang being a blind and deaf woman with a perfect speaking voice.We also have Sean Connery in an early role stuttering every fifth word in his brief speeches.Paul Carpenter who normally plays the hero this time plays the villain.Despite the fact that he seems to do all the organising he relies almost the whole time for his partner in crime to undertake the fencing of the proceeds of crime notwithstanding her disabilities.Eleanor Summerfield is the barmaid in a club without customers.Skip Homier is the unlikely American lead who disappears about two thirds the way through only to reappear at the end.Despite all this it is rather entertaining.

The Bargee (1964)
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Oh My Gawd, 15 December 2014
4/10

Firstly in answer to one reviewers comment I was around at the time but did not go to see this money.I knew a clinker.A viewing 50 years on confirms my judgment.This rather like Steptoe and Barge.Extremely disappointing script and a rather unfunny Corbett do little to help.However what really makes it a pain to sit through is the tedious and unfunny standoff at the lock between Hugh Griffiths and the waterway officials..I am assuming it was meant to be funny and not dramatic.Eric Sykes is truly awful as a upper class boat owner.Spotting the support actors is about the only way of passing a rather tedious affair.

standard backstage murder mystery, 10 December 2014
6/10

During the 1940s films like these were a staple.In fact this film resembles the rather better known "Murder At The Vanities" from Paramount.We have a large number of suspects with all sorts of motives and opportunity for murdering the victim.In the meantime the show progresses.It is a musical.The numbers all resemble numbers directed by Busby Berkeley at Warner's,only on a slightly smaller scale.The dances although imitative are nevertheless quite good.The murderer is revealed in the final minute of running time and of course is the person you would be least likely to chose.At 71 minutes a very entertaining film with a very reasonable cast including Hugh WilliAMS AND Edward Chapman.

Awful Mary, 6 December 2014
4/10

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Despite the best efforts of a distinguished cast they are unable to revive a truly unfunny script.It shows its stage origins all too clearly.Tomlinson and Patrick are potential skiers who find themselves on a skiing holiday both eyeing the charms of Jill Day.Unfortunately they both catch chicken pox and are quarantined by the management of the hotel.Tomlinsons ex nanny(Harrison) by chance has come for a two week holiday to the hotel.She falls back into her occupation and nurses them both.She makes sure at the same time that the rather doleful faced Tomlinson wins Jill Day.It is little wonder that the Rank Organisation were in such financial dire straits at the time of this film if this was the best that they can come up with.Even the marvelous Kathleen Harrison,second billed ,can do little in a rather thankless role.

Why Didn't He Join the home guard?, 29 November 2014
6/10

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The General had a distinguished First Worl War.He won the VC and DSO.However he appears to have made a bit of a muck of one campaign,and as a result the war office wont reinstate him at the beginning of World War2.He cant get accepted by Civil Defence.So he goes home cuts off the radio and stops the newspapers and effectively cuts himself off from the war and everyone else.His friends decide that the best way to deal with the situation is to get 6 children from different backgrounds billeted on him.Of course with the help of his butler and cook he gets them all sorted out.At the end of the film he rescues an American crew from a burning aircraft and is awarded the GM.So in a sense he can now look everyone in the eye.I have never seen this film before.It was dated almost as soon as it was shown and had all but disappeared.Pleasant but not memorable.

Sexy Rexy On The Ascent, 25 November 2014
5/10

This was Rex Harrison's seventh film and already he was on the ascent.It would not be long before his name would be above the title.Leaving the likes of Henry Kendall and Romney Brent to flounder on in quota quickies of this nature.The film was made at Shepperton Studios,then called Sound City.Its basic function pre war was to churn out films of this nature.Basically the sort of thing that was probably inspired,if that is the word ,by a west end play.It has to be said that Harrison really has the field to himself as both Kendall and Brent do little to enhance the proceedings.In fact their time had come and gone.The future was Rex Harrison.

Gestapo methods shown as a matter of course, 24 November 2014
6/10

What I found startling about this Nazi propaganda film was the scene in the swimming pool where Patrick is constantly being ducked under water to make him confess with little regard to whether he lived or die.This of course was the exact treatment that would be handed out by the Gestapo whilst "interrogating" suspected secret agents.DClearly an attempt to brutalise the impressionable youth who would view this film.It says a lot about modern generations that,as with one reviewer,they can actually find something praiseworthy to say about it.When watching this film you have to bear in mind not only the actual film but the sickening ideology behind it.


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