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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 20:11
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Went the Day Well?
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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 21:45
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School for Scoundrels.

Could watch that one hundred times and never be bored.
I agree if the one you are referring to is the 1959 or 1960 version. I heard there was some type of remake in the last few years but I have not looked into it.
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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 21:48
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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 22:32
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I shot an arrow into the air. She fell to earth in Berkeley square. Ahhhh, they don't make films like that anymore.


Burton's voice on War of the Worlds record. Mustn't think of the music, or that radiophonic sound, or it'll be rolling around in my head for days.

Jack Watling made Frinton his home. I said to him one day that if I got homesick in Texas, I'd put a certain channel on and he'd likely be there. 'Hmm,' he said, thoughtfully, 'We never got paid for those repeats. Contracts were not like that in those days.'
Literally hundreds of them, and not a penny. His son told me the story of the very theatrical family. Utterly engrossing. It would make a film in its own right.

I tend to live in the past these days and love the old films. My mom would take me to the Regal twice a week and that was the extent of entertainment until the first 12" telly arrived just in time for the coronation. 20' high pole to the H aerial but we still needed a blanket over the set to see the misty picture.
But, life had its compensations. Fantastic cod and chips opposite the cinema. One and thruppence.
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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 23:24
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Slightly of topic, and with a thousand apologies to Loose rivets...


but yes, what a voice....
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Old 22nd Jun 2019, 23:31
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Burton's voice on War of the Worlds record
Just to prove it didn't all come easy and he had to work on the recording to get it right. His Essex geography must have been a bit shaky, - he had obviously never heard of Billericay, as you can hear towards the end of these out takes! But I do agree, the final version was excellent!

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Old 23rd Jun 2019, 09:45
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Originally Posted by Loose rivets View Post
. . . the first 12" telly arrived just in time for the coronation. 20' high pole to the H aerial but we still needed a blanket over the set to see the misty picture.
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Posh, ours was 9 inch in a box 3 feet long. Later we had an oil filled magnifying lens which have a 12 inch view. Still had is long after my aunt had a two-channel set and I could see some of Dragnet.
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Old 23rd Jun 2019, 21:29
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Dutystude:That film is very violent - Cup of Tea,flowery curtains and at the time the brutal killing of an enemy - They, the Germans made quick work of the LDV (look, duck and vanish). I've seen the film described as strange - I think that' had an invasion occurred, in its early stages, resistance in this form could have delayed an occupation, but at a devastating cost to the local population. I think the film was meant to show the steely brutality lurking behind the facade of a sleepy English village on a Whit Sunday.
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Old 24th Jun 2019, 03:48
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Don't get me started on old movies..I'll never shut up!

Couple of great old British films not mentioned yet:

Two Way Stretch and I'm Alright, Jack (Sellers before he went all Hollywood/Clouseau)

The League of Gentlemen (Jack Hawkins/Richard Attenborough)

Anything with Terry-Thomas is normally worth a look "You're an absolute shower"
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Old 24th Jun 2019, 07:26
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You are right about Went the Day Well; it was clearly a propaganda film designed to denigrate the nasty Germans. It was released at one of the lowest points in the war and no doubt did the job.boosting morale. Whether it was seen as propaganda at the time is questionable.

The Eagle has Landed was virtually a rerun of the same plot.
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Old 24th Jun 2019, 08:23
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My personal favourite “Guns At Batasi” One great line: “I think he’s doing something outside sir!
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Old 24th Jun 2019, 09:10
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Strange isn't it in this day an age where we get the same film regurgitated over and over into newer versions because there isn't a good story out there, the likes of the Maltese Falcon, Sgt York and the Africa Queen were being pumped out by studios and still draw audiences today.

It always amazes me some of the quirks these films throw up, as an example did you know in The Longest Day, Richard Todd stars as Major John Howard, but in real life he was actually Captain Richard Todd, Major Howards second in command on the actual raid to secure the bridges.
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Slight thread drift but some kind soul has uploaded - Nebeští jezdci (Riders in The Sky) to youtube - a 1968 Chech film about a (mostly) Czech/Slovak Wellington crew,quite a good film and quite cleverly made - most of the sets look fairly authentic as do uniforms etc.Some of the ground/taxying shots use a converted Lisunov Li 2 (DC3 copy) - a fairly convincing Wellington replica.The film also uses some Wellington documentary footage.
I had not seen this film for years


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I do regyalrly check out Channe 81 Freeview with all these old oftwen black nd white classics

Often very funny when reflecting against the modern worn world, roles for women very very limited, what would they have made of Saga Noren and Villanelle i cannot imagine

On the other hand comparing the old Dunkirk film , not sure of the title with the new one released a year or two back and the lack of virtual reality -always overdone in aerial scenes and the fact that in the original so many actors had been in the services either in WW2 or National Service made them seem more realistic to the young lads in the new version . Of course my main reaction so many is good god was I alive then .
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As its been mentioned, are you aware that the Beeb are remaking War of the Worlds but staging it as in the book in Victorian London and following the book. Finally a closer version and no Tom Cruise in sight.

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As its been mentioned, are you aware that the Beeb are remaking War of the Worlds but staging it as in the book in Victorian London and following the book. Finally a closer version and no Ton Cruise in sight.

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2019...s-in-the-cast/

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Old 24th Jun 2019, 23:48
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Aired this last week or so was 'Albert RN', with a scattering of familiar faces in it, including that 'nasty German for all occasions' Anton Diffring.
I can't recall the name of the film in which Jack Hawkins plays a test pilot, the part I remember of the film was Hawkins struggling with the controls on a flight when the thing was coming apart, making a load of screeching and groaning noises.
Any offers on that one? The aircraft used for genuine flying / ground shots was a Bristol Freighter/170 as I recall.
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Old 25th Jun 2019, 04:30
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Man in the Sky, Mr Zark. Also known as Decision Against Time for some reason.
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Originally Posted by bladerunner66 View Post
Don't get me started on old movies..I'll never shut up!

Couple of great old British films not mentioned yet:

Two Way Stretch and I'm Alright, Jack (Sellers before he went all Hollywood/Clouseau)

The League of Gentlemen (Jack Hawkins/Richard Attenborough)

Anything with Terry-Thomas is normally worth a look "You're an absolute shower"

Who could forget: ‘Ahhh, Russia. All them corn fields and ballet in the evening’ from Jeremy Corbyn, sorry Fred Kite.
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