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Welcome to Renown Films

May/June Newsletter

Dear Club Members

Hoping you are all well.

Would you believe it but Talking Pictures TV is a whole year old this month and Renown is 26! It doesn’t really seem possible, so thank you to all you supporters for doing your bit to preserve British Film History. If you run a film club and would like to hold a talk or screening or know somewhere you could display a poster for us, just let us know. Recently one of our viewers wrote a great letter to the Daily Mail about how much they are enjoying the channel and telling readers to have a look, this helped us immensely and we would ask that if you can please drop a letter to your local paper, national paper or any magazine you subscribe to, so the word can spread.

 Some dates for your diary once again this month: Saturday 25th June from 2pm till 9.30pm we will have a stand at the Elstree Studios’ “Sitcom Heaven Day” celebrating some of the very best British Sitcoms, including On the Buses, George & Mildred and Man About the House, with a host of stars and crew. Tickets for each session cost £25 each (under 16s £15) SPECIAL OFFER: Buy an adult ticket for both sessions (£50) and receive a FREE copy of the New Elstree Studios Book RRP £30. For Tickets Call: Joely Hertz (0)20 8324 2221 at Elstree Studios and mention The Renown Film Club.

We have booked Rickmansworth again for our increasingly popular Festival of Film, Next year it will be Sunday 12th February 2017 so please pop in your diaries. More details will follow in due course. We are also looking to hold a Renown film festival in the Sheffield area, if any of our members can suggest a venue with good car parking and disabled access and a cinema / theatre, please get in touch.

This month we bring you some previously ‘lost’ John Bentley Films in conjunction with The BFI and also a great Ronald Shiner Triple Bill. Next month we have a brilliant Lupino Collection with lost films from a variety of Lupino family members, along with a 1930’s collection for your enjoyment.

There’s also a special NOT TO BE MISSED DEAL on Renown box sets this month for club members only. Any 2 Box Sets for £20! (from our list). Also a great book offer on Once A Villain by Peter Vaughan which has received excellent reviews, it’s a heavy hardback but with free postage is £19.99 to our members.

Until then, many thanks for your support and please keep on spreading the word. 

Best wishes.

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Renown May 2016 New Releases

The John Bentley Collection: Flight From Vienna/ Men Against The Sun / Profile

Profile (1954)
Stars: John Bentley, Kathleen Byron, Thea Gregory. Filed at Shepperton Studios with a screenplay by John Gilling. Armstrong (John Bentley) , new editor of the magazine ‘Profile’, is interested in the publisher’s daughter (Thea Gregory) but the publishers wife Margaret (Kathleen Byron) is interested in him. The publisher dies from a heart attack; Armstrong is falsely accused of embezzlement, then suspected of murder when Margot is slain.

Flight from Vienna (1956)
Stars: John Bentley, Theodore Bikel, Donald Gray When Kosice (Theodore Bikel) a high-ranking Hungarian official, asks for asylum in the west, he finds himself forced to go back to Hungary to bring out a scientist to prove his sincerity. The hazardous mission is accomplished and Kosice flown to London, where an attempt on his life is foiled. Convincing drama with good performances (Quinlans).

Men Against The Sun (1952)
Stars: John Bentley, Zena Marshall, Liam O’Leary Hawker (John Bentley) , a young engineer, undertakes to oversee the building of a railway from Mombasa to Uganda. His task is complicated by marauding lions and by a missionary doctor who insisted on coming along (Zena Marshall). A Kenya- Britain coproduction, the first in fact. The settings alone make this a very worthwhile watch.

RRP £15.99

The Ronald Shiner Collection: Beauty and the Barge/Keep It Clean/Not Wanted on Voyage

Beauty & the Barge (1937)
Gordon Harker, the celebrated comedian, appears as Captain Barley, the truculent bargee. He finds himself embroiled in the romantic escapades of Ethel Smedley, who is running away from a loveless marriage and her ardent swain Lieut. Boyne. It was produced by Julius Hagen’s production company Twickenham Film Studios, but made at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith rather than at Twickenham. It was based on the 1905 play Beauty and the Barge by W. W. Jacobs.

Keep It Clean (1956)
When Bert Lane (Ronald Shiner) is given the task of advertising Mrs Anstey s famous crumpets, he decides to focus on the sexy side of crumpets. But his tawdry advertising slogans incur the wrath of Mrs Anstey and her Purity League, as well as his boss (James Hayter). Having tried every trick in his wheeler/dealer book to win her back over with charm, Bert has to face an angry posse of female morality campaigners catching up with him in a striptease joint! Throw Vi Tarbottom (Joan Sims) and Slogger O Reilly (Denis Shaw) into the mix and a feast of British comic chaos is guaranteed.

Not Wanted On Voyage (1957)
A rollicking comedy adventure with Brian Rix and Ronald Shiner playing two cabin stewards bound for Tangiers aboard a cruise ship. As comedy enthusiasts would expect, Rix loses his trousers as the two bumbling stewards attempt to uncover the identity of a jewel thief and recover the priceless diamonds of a wealthy passenger.

RRP £15.99


The Angel with the Trumpet (1950)

Stars: Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney, Norman Wooland


Nor the Moon by Night (1958)

Stars: Belinda Lee, Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan


So Little Time (1952)

Stars: Maria Schell, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim


South of Algiers (1953)

Stars: Van Heflin, Wanda Hendrix, Eric Portman


To Paris with Love (1955)

Stars: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray


The Phantom Light (1935)

Stars: Binnie Hale, Gordon Harker, Donald Calthrop


Smash and Grab (1937)

Stars: Jack Buchanan, Elsie Randolph, Arthur Margetson


Once a Villain - Peter Vaughan
This autobiography takes us back to describe his upbringing in 1920s Shropshire, the stormy relationship between his parents, his wartime exploits and early career in rep before going on to find fame on stage and screen alongside such notable figures as Celia Johnson, Tallulah Bankhead, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Hancock and many more. Irish dandy with the dicky ticker, the scruffy Liverpudlian party animal, and the teenage tearaway turned tap-shoed temptress who abruptly changed career and became a frequently outspoken war reporter.

RRP £19.99.

Titles include:
The Paul Temple Collection
The Starlost Movie Collection
The Honey West Collection
Burke’s Law
The Big Valley Series One

RRP £29.99.