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Welcome to Renown Films

Welcome to the September 2017

Renown Film Club Newsletter!


Dear Club Members,

With the wonderful event at Elstree Studios behind us (what a great afternoon we all had) its time to talk about the next Renown Festival Of Film. It will be held at the same venue, Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, Herts on Sun 11th Feb 2018, 9am till 6pm. Tickets are NOW ON SALE at £10 for members and £15 for non-members (slight increase due to the venue charges I’m afraid).

We are delighted to announce that the legendary Peggy Cummins will be our main star guest speaker. We are equally happy to announce another star guest, Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey), has confirmed she will be joining us, along with Brian Murphy, Robert Ross and Linda Regan; broadcaster John Hannam will be interviewing Melvyn Hayes and Shirley Anne Field and Derren Nesbitt will also be joining us onstage for the event. The BAFTA winning Bobby Warans (for his dressing of all the great film and TV sets); the brilliant Renée Glynne (continuity and script supervision since 1943) and Tim Langley on the Great British Studios will all be part of our ‘Behind the Scenes’ section live on stage, plus Noel has unearthed some LOST Film & TV episodes. We will be showing some original cinema adverts and some of our new "Glimpses” short films, in-between the guests, so get in there early!

We have already sold a large number of tickets without even announcing, so we urge you to book soon to avoid disappointment. CALL NOW on 0808 178 8212 or BOOK HERE. If ordering online, to obtain the members price, use the code FEST18 at the checkout.

A great box set release from us this month, The Renown Vintage Chiller & Thriller Collection which includes TREAD SOFTLY with our dear friend Patricia Dainton. Plus, a new book by the brilliant John Hannam, Children’s Film Foundation DVD Collections, new Talking Pictures TV merchandise and much more.

Until next month, best wishes and thanks for the support,

Noel, Sarah and Neill

The Renown Vintage Chiller & Thriller Collection

A mildly terrifying collection of over 11 hours of vintage chills and thrills in our 3 DVD box set containing 9 films and bonuses.
The collection kicks off with THE HOUSE IN MARSH ROAD (1960) starring Patricia Dainton, Tony Wright, Sandra Dorne and Sam Kydd. When Jean Linton inherits a house she hopes it will be a new start for her and her failing writer husband, but when he plots to do away with her, the house has other ideas.
Next is THE TROLLENBERG TERROR (1958) starring Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne & Jennifer Jayne. A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a radioactive cloud.

In FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTERSPACE (1956) and starring Susan Shaw, Paul Carpenter and Harry Fowler, we find that a team of astronauts that land on a moon of Jupiter, discover a population of beautiful young women looking for mates, but also discovering the dangers there.
TREAD SOFTLY (1952) stars John Bentley and Patricia Dainton in a story about a haunted theatre. The show must go on but people are dying to keep a dark secret surrounding a 40 year old murder.
The Scream Queen actress Barbara Shelley, Donald Wolfit, Vincent Ball and Victor Maddern star in BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE(1958). A mad scientist – believed to be a vampire – is conducting a series of experiments on the inmates of a prison hospital for the criminally insane, in order to sustain his own return to life!
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1950) stars Gwen Watford, Kaye Tendeter and Irving Steen. A traveller arrives at theUsher mansion to visit his friend, Roderick Usher and finds both he and his sister are suffering from a mysterious malady. That evening Roderick tells his friend of the Usher curse and as the days draw on the effects of this curse reach a terrifying climax.
Another type of curse is found in the next of the chillers in this thrilling collection. In THE MONKEY’S PAW (1948) starring Megs Jenkins, Milton Rosmer and Michael Martin-Harvey, a magic monkey’s paw grants its owner three wishes before a disaster does befall upon them.
Next up is CROW HOLLOW (1952) starring Donald Houston, Natasha Parry and Patricia Owens. It tells the story of the newly-wed wife of a young doctor who goes to live with him in anoppressive old house where various and mysterious attempts are made on her life.
The last film in the Chiller & Thriller Collection stars the first British horror star, the great Tod Slaughter. Bruce Seton and Henry Caine co-star in THE CURSE OF THE WRAYDONS (1946). A young Captain, after participating in a duel, becomes the main suspect of a series of killings in Epping Forest. Now the only way that he can prove his innocence to the police is to find and trap the real killer, who maybe is closer to home than he imagined him to be!
There are two bonus extras in the box set and both are provided by the actress Patricia Dainton, who gives personal introductions to her films The House in Marsh Road and Tread Softly, where she tells us of her time shooting the films and shares her memories.
Don’t risk being cursed by missing out on this fabulous vintage film collection.

RRP £29.99   CLUB PRICE JUST £15.00 with free UK post and packing!
ENTER CODE: TPTV at Checkout for the price to drop when purchasing.


All 39 films from the action thriller series in this fabulous 7 DISC DVD boxset. SCOTLAND YARD was perhaps the best known series to emerge from Anglo-Amalgamated’s output of crime drama. Shot as cinema support features at the company’s Merton Park Studios in South Wimbledon, these half hour thrillers based on the real life cases from the vaults of the London Metropolitan Police headquarters and were a regular feature in cinemas from 1953 to 1961.
Like the sister series SCALES OF JUSTICE, Scotland Yard is introduced by the celebrated writer and criminologist Edgar

Lustgarten and presents case after intriguing case, with many solved on screen by the redoubtable Inspector Duggan (played by Australian born Russell Napier). Other regular appearances were Geoffrey Keen as Sgt Graham, Ronald Adam as Inspector Hammond and Arthur Gomez as Sgt.Mason. The films were a positive cavalcade of star names, with many up and coming talents in uncredited roles that went on to become household names including; Harry H Corbett, PeterBowles, John Le Mesurier, Peter Arne, Carol Marsh, John Warwick, Lisa Daniely, Rita Webb, Molly Weir, Roger Delgado and Robert Raglan.

From ‘The Drayton Case’ through to ‘The Square Mile Murder, ’you will quickly find that this is a series that you will enjoy over and over. It really would be a crime to miss this!

RRP £39.99   £25.00 with free UK post and packing!

New Softcover Book Offer!

JOHN HANNAM has interviewed over 4,000 people during his career as a showbiz journalist. He can proudly look back on acclaimed interviews with Hollywood legends like Charlton Heston, Donald Pleasence, Sir John Mills and numerous other world stars. This fascinating book features the revealing stories behind his memorable interviews with the stars from all facets of show business inc; Barbara Windsor, Larry Grayson, Richard Todd, Tommy Cooper, Liz Fraser and many more. (Softback)

Price £12 inc free UK Post & Packing.

This Months CD Audio Book Offers

LORNA DOONE by R D Blackmore.

Actor Ray Brooks is the narrator of the famous historical novel of high adventure set in the South West of England during the turbulent time of Monmouth's rebellion in 1685.
Double CD set £9.99 inc free UK Postage.

NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Margaret Hale endures change, hardship, as her family moves from the south to industrial Northern England. Read by Jenny Agutter. Double CD set £9.99 inc free UK Postage.

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley.

The gothic story of a scientist who creates life in the image of man, but even more powerful. Read by David Rintoul. Double CD set £9.99 inc free UK postage.


Talking Pictures TV Mousemat.

Technology with a vintage twist! Browse the
net using our star studded mousemat (190mm
x 230mm) featuring many famous Renown
stars from Gert & Daisy to Old Mother Riley.
A smashing Christmas gift for film fans!
£10.00 inc: free UK post and packing.

Soft Pouch Glasses Case.

Our fabulous soft padded glasses case
which features Harry H Corbett from ‘Cover
Girl Killer’ and holds both standard
spectacles and large size sunglasses.
£10.00 inc: free UK post and packing.

Travel Card/Credit Card Holder.

This super leather travel card wallet holder
with strap for safe closure, also comes with an
extra plastic insert to turn it into a credit
cardholder. Great design, makes a practical
gift for the film fan.
£10.00 inc: free UK post and packing.

Laurel & Hardy Limited Edition Print Offers!

Talking Pictures TV have begun a film season of the comedy greats Laurel & Hardy – back on British television screens after many years. To celebrate we have a Steve Lilly original print available in two formats,as either a double mounted limited edition print or as a tubed edition print (unmounted/rolled).

Double Mounted Ltd Ed Print £40 inc recorded delivery service.
Tubed Ltd Ed Print £28 inc: recorded delivery service.

Children’s Film Foundation Collection DVDs
Any 2 Triple DVDs for just £20

For over 30 years the Children’s Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences at the cinema and later TV. These collections are now available to own on DVD.
RRP £19.99 each Offer Price: ANY 2 for £20!

CFF Collection: London Tales (1958-76) The Salvage Gang / Operation Third Form / Night Ferry featuring Bernard Cribbins& Frazer Hines.

CFF Collection: The Race Is On (1957-78)
Soapbox Derby / The Sky-Bike / Sammy’s Super T-Shirt featuring Michael Crawford & Liam Redman.

CFF Collection: Scary Stories (1976-85)
Man From Nowhere / Hauntersof the Deep / Out of the Darkness featuring Barbara Ewing& Michael Carter.

CFF Collection: Weird Adventures (1961-78)
Monster of Highgate / Boy Who Turned Yellow / Hitch in Time featuring Patrick Troughton& Jeff Rawle.

CFF Collection: Runaways (1953-85) Johnny on the Run / Hide & Seek / Terry on the Fencefeaturing Gary Kemp & John Laurie.

CFF Collection: Outer Space (1956-77)
Supersonic Saucer / Kadoyng/ The Glitterball featuring Bill Owen & Ron Pember.

CFF Collection: Masters of Venus (1962)
The classic CFF sci-fi serial starring Norman Wooland, Mandy Harper and Robin Stewart.