Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Old Bill and Son (1941)
Noticed a lot of old familiar faces now I am 70 years of age
Filmed during WW11 when Germany had the initiative and was invading Russia, a number of the actors (apart from John Mills) were familiar to me.There was Renee Houston a music hall artiste (Gloria in "A Girl Must Live 1939), Renee Ray ,"Miss Fulham" a bathing beauty queen who renounces her chance of competing in "Bank Holiday" (1938), Gus McNaughton a newspaper editor in "Storm in a teacup" (1937), Roland Culver a well known character actor in "The Moon's a Balloon" (1940)and many other titles and finally Ronald Shiner "Dry Rot" (1951).
We had to raise the nation's morale in 1941 (the year H.M.S.Hood was sunk by "Bismark" and this film (based on a WW1 cartoon)is where the entire family and friends of John Mills enter the army and most magically are all posted together to France.This was helpful for filming as it is mostly a studio bound production with little or no expensive location shots or big stars salaries to pay.Obviously a propaganda film produced to raise the nation's morale but it was mildly entertaining so I rated it 6/10.
The Calendar (1948)
Sonia Holm - what a smasher!
Yes I drooled over the raven haired Sonia Holm who played Mollie the heroine of this movie who ends up with the man she loves in this movie -handsome Australian actor John McCallum, (real life husband of Googie Withers).Edgar Wallace the mystery writer who wrote "The Calendar" (1948), liked to combine writing with going to the races so this story had an authentic ring of truth to it and held my attention to the end.Raymond Lovell always had difficulty pronouncing his "Rs" which ofter came out as a "W" sound which a good speech therapist could have rectified.If you like gentle British 1940s comedies with a horse racing background, this is an entertaining movie.
Dangerous Afternoon (1961)
Another trip down memory lane for me
I was 15 when this movie was released in 1961 being 70 now.I can remember Ruth Dunning playing Mrs Grove in "The Grove family" which ran from 1954-57.Gladys Henson was often paired as the wife of Jack Warner especially in "The Blue Lamp" (1950) which kick started the long running "Dixon of Dock Green" on BBC t.v. in the 1950s.She also appeared in "A Night to Remember" (1958)about "The Titanic" playing the nervous woman reluctant to enter one of the all too few lifeboats.Even in the 1950s I can remember Nora Nicholson playing rather daffy old women in t.v dramas on the BBC.The character of George was played by an actor who specialised in playing criminals - you only had to see his face and I can remember seeing him playing on t.v. the convict Magwich in Dickens "Great Expectations.How I miss those British B features at the cinema.My local cinema showed a cartoon,Pathe News, a 'B' feature followed by the main film.Good value for your 1/6 (one & sixpence)!My rating was 6/10.
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
My logical brain destroyed my enjoyment
I think IMDb's rating of 6/10 is about right.Right from the start I was troubled by Howard turning on the tap which gradually filled the bucket, presumably overflowed, then promptly leaving the house where he has just killed the woman owner.I kept thinking the house must be flooding and would someone call attention to the authorities.We always take recommendations to check the credentials/references of any people we employ before hiring them.Consequently I was irritated by Ida Lupino's character which was very naïve & slack hiring someone unchecked and untested.The logical part of my brain wanted to yell out, "Don't do it".Another example of middle America's naivety was Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" but at least Uncle Charlie was related to the mother in that film.I would have dispensed with Howard's services after he stopped polishing the floor after only 1 minute of work.That is why I detest "soaps" on t.v. as characters never do a stroke of physical work yet have plenty of money for drinks etc.I always say to my wife (jokingly) "I would get a bull-whip and make them do the work!When the hired help starts talking about anything apart from the work for which they are paid/hired, that's when alarm bells should start ringing.
A Warm Corner (1930)
Primitive Acting & Direction
I only rated this movie 3/10 because of the primitive, melodramatic, over the top acting and poor production standards.It has two main scenes, an Italian Hotel and Mr Pickles' castle in England.The actors run around in typical farcical fashion either not listening to or misunderstanding each other.The screenplay is badly structured and for a DVD billed as a comedy - unfunny to modern ears.Yes I know this film is dated 1930 and talking pictures had only come into existence since 1927.The actors are all obviously still inculcated into silent screen melodramatic acting techniques.If this is the best Leslie Henson could produce, film going audiences at the time must have been extremely easy to please.
The Pickwick Papers (1952)
Victorian melodramatic acting at its worst
Although www.IMDb.com gives this a good user rating, I cannot say I enjoyed the experience hence my personal rating of 5/10.I watched the first 15 minutes but just saw professional actors posing and saying their lines in a third rate amateur fashion so I skipped to the final 10 minutes to see whether the acting had "picked up" but was again disappointed.I can only take Dickens on the screen in small doses anyway.Obviously in the 1830s melodramatic acting was in vogue but we viewers have progressed since natural styles were adopted by modern directors & actors to produce a more naturalistic effect.I particularly dislike it when ladies "swoon", apparently passing out when incurring the slightest shock to their delicate systems.One character actor I noticed was the rotund man who played Friar Tuck in the ITV 1950s children's production of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene.
Double Bunk (1961)
Ron & Eff have micro bit Parts
When I was in hospital in 1957 my bed radio played the comedy "Take it from Here" in which a couple named "Ron" (Wallis Eaton) and "Eff" (June Whitfield) were featured.The producers of Double Bunk (1961) worked these two radio characters into the screenplay twice by portraying them hidden in a punt with a canvas cover over them so that the viewer could retain the mental image of them that they had "seen in their mind's eye" from the radio comedy which I believe Frank Muir & Dennis Norden had written.Another character I recognised from my youth was Gerald Campion who played "Billy Bunter" from the BBC TV children's programme of the 1950s.If you have followed the career of Naunton Wayne he makes a rare solo appearance, minus Basil Radford, playing a harbour master who is side-tracked by the ample charms of a young Liz Fraser.Also on display is comedienne Irene Handel playing a frumpy wife of the previous owners of the houseboat from whom Ian Carmichael & Janette Scott newly weds have purchased it in lieu of a house.In early post war Britain couples had a hard job finding marital accommodation because of blitzed buildings and general strict financial circumstances.The other reviewers have adequately commented on the plot of this very British comedy where each well known actor/actress plays well trodden & familiar roles known by a British audience.
The uppermost question occurred to me watching this film on www.IMDb.com was surely one has to show proficiency by the marine equivalent of the driving test before you can be let loose on the river.But of course the resulting slapstick forms the basis of the film comedy.
The Crowded Day (1954)
Memories of when I was 8 years old
Yes I was just starting my junior education in 1954 and it was the year we fist owned a Murphy TV one channel (BBC only) and a refrigerator.Britain was just getting onto her feet again after WWII and we still endured rationing.This is a film very much directed at us British audiences and the references made in the film will chime with many of us UK citizens of a certain age.The other reviewers have noted the well known cavalcade cast of British actors & actresses from the lead (John Gregson of "Genevieve" fame 1953) to the slightly lesser known Dandy Nichols ("Till Death Do Us Part") 1960s TV comedy with the late Warren Mitchell, to the Barbara "Windsoresque" Vera Day - a temporary secretary in ("I was Monty's Double") with John Mills & Clifton James (1955} and Michael Goodliffe (Thomas Andrews in A Night to Remember 1958) not forgetting Richard Wattis (Sykes 1970s TV comedy)etc etc.
Yes the departmental store concept is changing from its traditional concept, indeed I read only yesterday that John Lewis Stores plc. is investing £250,000,000 in building up its internet sales division which is gradually overtaking its store led sales.How times have changed over 61 years!For someone of my vintage years this will be a trip down memory lane remembering shopping trips with your mother buying school uniforms.Enjoyable, my rating 7/10
I could only marvel at Loren's eye makeup
Yes, throughout this film and being an amateur artist who likes drawing & painting beautiful women, I was mesmerised by Sophia's eye makeup considering she played a victim of Dachau yet looked remarkably fit, healthy, well fed and sported top of the range cosmetics especially on her face!Other reviewers have adequately commented on the plot and main characters.Considering I am now 69 and have always liked going to the cinema, I was surprised I had never seen this title before but thanks to www.youtube.com it is now available to world audiences.However,this TV movie seemed to be merely a device for showing off Loren's stunning figure and beauty although the action sequences of the Syrian attack on the kibbutz were well produced.My rating was 6/10.
Corridor of Mirrors (1948)
Poor choice of leading lady in Edana Romney
Despite IMDb.com giving a communal rating of 6.9 when I wrote this review, I can only award this film 4/10 mainly because of the poor choice of leading lady and daft screenplay.Edana Romney showed little animation in her part and Chris Massie wrote a ridiculous screenplay.In the initial scene we see her character lounging in bed with a household full of screaming children who are then conveniently not mentioned again.Is not a mother's first loyalty to her husband and children?The former seems unrealistically patient when his wife goes swaning off again from Yorkshire down to London with the pathetic excuse of "its too complicated to explain".No wonder Edana Romney never appeared in another significant film again but I see she lived to the ripe old age of 83 before dieing in California in 2002 (born 1919) so she was 29 when she made this film.She tried her hand at writing screenplays (including helping with this title) which were never commissioned and I can now see why.The movie is too dark throughout despite her character's maniacal laugh, and needed some light as well as the shade but above all some realism in the plot.