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5/10
Not one of his bedt
24 June 2019
It is unfortunate that one of Buchannan's best films,Break The News,has never been on DVD,or shown on tv .Two showings at the BFI are all that has been seen of this film. So in a sense we must be grateful for those of his films which did get shown on tv and are available for us to see.

Maybe it would have been better if a director with a musical flair had directed this.
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Tamahine (1963)
3/10
Dated Unfunny Comedy
23 June 2019
The first reviewer has clearly confused John Fraser and Dennis Price,as the later plays the headmaster. The films premise is totally unoriginal. Even allowing for that the film is unfunny,and overlong at 92 minutes.
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6/10
Effective B thriller
22 June 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Donald Houston is a boat owner who is broke. He accepts a smuggling proposition from Bill Kerr which seals his fate. Much of it shot in the dark,probably for economy. Still worthwhile viewing.
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3/10
A mishmash
18 June 2019
The second reviewer almost guessed the reason this film was made.The British government slapped an 85%tax on American films,as the country was broke.The Americans retaliated by banning export of new films to the UK.The government asked Rank to plug the shortfall.Rank charged Sydney Box to make around 50 films.This was one of them. There are 3 credited writers but it feels as if many more fingers were in the pie.It changes course as often as a destroyer on a zig zag course. As a result this film is supremely unfunny.Contributing to the £12million overdrat ammassed by Rank by 1950.
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Blonde Fist (1991)
2/10
Deservedly Forgotten
18 June 2019
TPTV is a great channel but occasionally it shows clinkers like this.Acting,direction and script are uniformally poor.
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6/10
fine cast keeps it going till risible ending
10 June 2019
This is an enjoyable thriller with Margaret Lockwood playing against type.It seems as if the writer ran out of inspiration with the climax.Some have claimed there is a plot point with the will.It would be strange if a husband were not told that his wife had made a will.If Athene Seylers character died without making a will then Eddie would have received a substantial sum plus a life interest in the remainder.So the logic behind the plot point is unclear but not detremental to the film as a whole.
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4/10
Very Strange
7 June 2019
For some reason this has been re-titled Murder In The Footlights..The story is about the break up of the eponymous. act and then the breakdown of Favid Farrar.He does it in the grand style,eyes rolling and neighing like a horse Not his best performance.George Robey has a bit part.
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Out of Season (1975)
5/10
Twos Company......
4 June 2019
Rather strange film alround.Difficult to know who this low budget film would have been aimed at.Probably too risqué for American tv,and getting a very rare airing recently on Londoon live.Not particularly engrossing despite the unusual subject matter.
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5/10
inappropriate title
3 June 2019
This film was produced by London Cannon films,part of the group that purchased EMI films and then sold off nearly everything to pay for it This film is fairly typical of the schlock produced by them .Low on budget and entertainment.
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3/10
Good cinematography
2 June 2019
When you have said that you have said everything.I found the sound early on to be rather indistinct and made the film rather difficult to follow.The title was misleading.
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3/10
Creaky
31 May 2019
Difficult to know what is more creaky Richard Arlen or the plot.The plot is to do with the theft of drugs.The plot itself is slightly absurd wiith most of the action taking place at the desk of Donald Houston,who is the director of an insurance company who is paying out for the thefts.Richard Arlen is well past his prime.Michael Balfour plays his usual villain..
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Our Miss Fred (1972)
3/10
Our Miss Fired
31 May 2019
There are 2 major problems with this film.Fitstly the story was written by Yed Willis,a dramatist.Secondly it is a one joke film La Rue is a man dressed up as a woman.The comedy comprises inane slapstick and weak double entendres.Incidentally the film is set in France in 1940,the photo of Churchill in a bar places it after May 1940.The film was sent out on release as an AA,equivalent to 15.So it is unlikely that the song would have been cut to lower the certificate
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West 11 (1963)
5/10
Rather strange
29 May 2019
With writers who were at the heart of the British new wave and set in a run down Notting Gill,as it was,I was expecting a touch of social realism.However what we get is a film that after much coveting of an X certificate,tends to go into lurid melodrama in the last third.However it was good to see Kathleen Harrison and Frieda Jackson,Finlay Currie and of course Diana Dors.A cast to cherish even if the film is not
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Take My Life (1947)
5/10
Full of contrivance and flaws
23 May 2019
The film starts off well but then heads off in another direction alas.The problems are manifold,there are flaws in the depiction of the police procedures in relation to collection of forensic evidence.Class in the court scenes where Counsel is allowed to proceed with questions that would never be allowed.Finally the club.as is so silly as to destroy any credibility the film may have built up.I
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3/10
what was the point?
19 May 2019
It is difficult to understand why the producers of this film decided to make a fictionalised account of the life of this world famous pianist.It is dreary and boring and does the pianist little favours.
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Tucked (2018)
7/10
Tour de force by Derren Nesbitt
19 May 2019
Nesbitt has always been one of my favourite actors.However I never expected to see him in such a role.He is onscreen virtually the whole time and totally dominates it.In the end rather sad and touching.
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5/10
maybe a prophetic film
17 May 2019
The plane,which is the maguffin of this film,can be stopped in midflight.Roll on to 1944 and you have rockets being programmed to do the same thing.Other than that this is a fairly routine detective film.
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Union Pacific (1939)
5/10
Run of de mille
17 May 2019
The problem with de mille was elephantitus.Never make a film run for under 90 minutes,and have multiple sub plots which add nothing to the story.Here Stanwyck has a dreadful oirish accent and her presence does little for the film.After about an hour you realise you are not even half way through and you loose track,pun intended.
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The Alamo (1960)
6/10
Redeemed by battle
16 May 2019
I saw this on its west end showing in 1960,presumably in 70mm.I remembered the music and photography.They hold up better than the film which is only memorable for the battle scenes.Amusing that reviewers want the full version.How much verbage can people take.The first half is very talky and slow.Wayne was clearly out of his depth as a director.
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7/10
Delightful short
12 May 2019
Barbara Mullen gets the opportunity to star in this amusing short.Interesting to see how easy it was to access Parliament,and that a bomb hoax was treated in such a comical way.
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6/10
a mysterious film
10 May 2019
This film is not listed in any reference book that I have. It was supposedly made in 1930,at a time when silents were all but dead.This leads me to suppose that it was never released. Gibb McLaughlin plays a Chinese merchant who wants his wicked way with the heroine.Full of racial stereotypes,overheated drama and hammy acting.Directed by Edward Dryhurst who had a long career in dim and tv.Subtlety and originality were clearly not in his dictionary.
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6/10
Dont always wish for what you dream
8 May 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Well it was more of a shotgun than a dream marriage.So in this sequel it all rather goes pear shaped for Joe Lampton.Jean Simmonds now plays the rather cynical wife.Donald Wolfit as eversteals the scenes.However in the end Joe realised he is in a prison of his own making.
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Charley Moon (1956)
5/10
Rather an odd film
7 May 2019
This film incorporates a lot of stage performances including a panto.There is some half hearted attempt at a story.Bygraves,no actor,is supported by the always watchable Dennis Price.Thirties variety star,Florence Desmond,makes a brief appearance
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Morgan! (1966)
5/10
of its time
6 May 2019
May have worked in the sixties but not now.When they are on the balcony at the wedding,the camera looks down Park Lane towards Hyde Park Corner.On the left is a building site.This was where Kordas London Films were headquartered. It is now the Intercontinental Hotel.
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5/10
a polocemans lot is not a happy one
6 May 2019
Except that is when getting to grips with glamorous Christine Norden who was this countrys blonde bombshell for a short period.Based on a radio series with lots of mini climaxes.
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