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Welcome to Renown Films

Welcome to the August 2017

Renown Film Club Newsletter!


Dear Club Members,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer. Not long now till our big event at Elstree Studios on Sunday 17th September celebrating the 55th anniversary of the iconic Sidney Furie film ‘The Boys,’ with a Q&A by Morris Bright and the boys attending are Jess Conrad OBE, Dudley Sutton & Tony Garnett. There will also be stalls and a BAR! What more could you want? Last few tickets left at £20 with a free DVD of the film, free parking across the road and some great hotels nearby. We look forward to meeting some of you there. Tony Garnett’s book can be pre-ordered inside this newsletter, then collect it at the event and meet him in person! This month sees the release of our Crime Collection VOLUME 2! Following the success of Volume one this Collection brings you 10 films, plus 2 super bonus features!

Scotland Yard starts this month on Talking Pictures TV and September 1st sees the start of the Laurel & Hardy season as well. We are delighted to be bringing the iconic comic duo back to British TV Screens, not only for established fans but also for a new generation to discover and enjoy!

We will be back in touch mid-September, so until then many thanks for your support and keep on spreading the word!

Best wishes,

Noel, Sarah and Neill


Sunday 17th September at 2pm
At Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, WD6 1JG
Special Screening of the film
followed by Q&A ‘live on stage’ with
Tony Garnett, Jess Conrad OBE & Dudley Sutton.
£20 inc free DVD of the film.


After the huge success of volume one, we are proud to present this fabulous second box set, which contains no less than 10 vintage crime films, many for the FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD, plus some special bonus extras!
Our collection kicks off with PASSENGER TO LONDON (1937) starring John Warwick and Jenny Laird. An agent manages to hide secret papers in a woman's baggage just before he is murdered, but who will find them first?
THE BODY VANISHED (1939) stars Anthony Hulme and Dernier Warren. A Police Inspector from Scotland Yard and his friend go on holiday together, he discovers that

the owner of the coastal village mansion has been murdered!
THE RIVERSIDE MURDER (1935) stars Basil Sydney, Judy Gunn and Alastair Sim in his film debut. When a man is shot dead in his study, Scotland Yard detectives (Sydney & Sim) have to unravel the clues to find the killer.
VENGEANCE IS MINE(1949)is a formerly “lost film”, now found and restored for this crime collection. It stars Valentine Dyall as a dying man who hires an assassin to kill him and then frame his enemy for his death. The film also stars the character actor Sam Kydd & Anne Firth. Our next film is
IMPULSE (1954), starring Arthur Kennedy and Joy Shelton. It’s all about a man who finds that his humdrum life is suddenly immersed in gangsters, robbery and murder!
In CROSSTRAP (1962) starring Laurence Payne, Jill Adams, Gary Cockrell and Zena Marshall, a novelist and his wife rent an isolated cottage to enable him to finish his book, but make a horrific discovery!
Another “lost” film making a debut on DVD is SMART ALEC (1951). It stars a very young Peter Reynolds, Leslie Dwyer and Charles Hawtrey. Discover the story of Alec Albion who plans to kill his uncle with an unusual method that will leave no evidence and make the police his alibi!
The lovely Patricia Dainton provides a super introduction to THE THIRD ALIBI (1961), in which she stars with Laurence Payne and John Arnott. This title is also memorable for featuring jazz legend Cleo Laine and the film debut of Dudley Moore. The film revolves around a composer whose affair with his wife’s half sister turns murderous when he is refused a divorce.
Yet another “lost” film is JACKPOT (1960) starring William Hartnell & Eddie Byrne, is next up in this cracking box set. When £6,000 is stolen from The Jackpot Club safe, both police and the club owner are keen to track down the safecracker – but for very different reasons.
The final film in this exciting collection is THE QUIET WOMAN (1951). The film stars Derek Bond, Dora Bryan and Jane Hylton, as a woman who is trying to put her former life as a criminals wife behind her, by taking over a coastal pub – but you can’t always leave crime behind!

But there’s still more to come. The box set also contains two bonus extras in the guise of an episode from the film clips show SPROCKETS, in a look at the early detectives from Holmes to Dick Tracy in The Detectives. Finally an exclusive new Interview with Patricia Dainton completes the set.

RRP £29.99   CLUB PRICE JUST £15.00
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Tea Anyone? Our Exclusive Renown Merchandise

Tea with the Stars - TEA COSY.
The perfect gift for the Tea and Film Lover! Barbara Murray, Max Bygraves , Anthony Newley , Marjorie Rhodes, Gert & Daisy, Jack Warner and Glyn Houston feature in the tea drinking montage! Limited edition. Machine washable and delivered within 10 working days of placing your order.
£20 inc: free UK postage.

New range of Renown Stars: ‘Mugs on Mugs.’

Our exclusive new limited edition china mugs in our range of Renown stars ‘Mugs on Mugs’, are now available. Choose from Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, John Bentley, Diana Dors or Sid James. Perhaps you prefer a selection of stars on your mug? Such as the ‘Romantic Couples’ montage or the ‘Tea Drinkers’ to match the Tea Cosy? The choice is yours. Whatever you choose it will definitely bring a smile to your face, when sipping your favourite beverage! Dishwasher safe up to a 1000 times through the dishwasher. Image will not fade or crack. Delivered in a tough postage box for safe delivery.

£12 each with free UK post and packing!

Pre-Order: Signed Printed Book Offer!

We are delighted to be able to offer a pre-order ONLY signed copy of Tony Garnett’s autobiography. Tony will be signing the books next month. The signed editions will be available to collect from ‘The Boys’ event on 17th September or can be posted to you with free UK postage. Tony Garnett's story begins in war-torn Birmingham where he movingly describes the trauma of his mother's death. Nineteen days later, stricken with grief, Tony's father committed suicide and Tony was sent to live with other family members. He eventually moved to London and was part of the

counter culture scene in the swinging sixties. As an angry young man, Garnett fell in love, moved to London and threw himself into a career as an actor. He soon realised that his true passion lay behind the camera and here built a life in films, scoring success with ground breaking productions including Cathy Come Home, Kes and This Life. Tony takes us behind the scenes of some of these famous productions, offering secrets and anecdotes, some moving and some amusing. He gives accounts of clashes with the BBC and film executives as he battles to make movies that were thought to be just too controversial to film.
Special pre-order only price £12 inc free UK postage (softback)

17th September 2017 at Elstree Studios
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BFI: NIGHT MAIL (1936) – RRP £14.99 Offer Price £10

Night Mail remains one of the most popular and instantly recognised films in British film history. It was one of the most critically acclaimed films to be produced with the British documentary film movement. Night Mail is an account of the operation of the Royal Mail train delivery service and shows the various stages and procedures of that operation. Night Mail has been fully remastered and digitally restored for this DVD which also includes bonus features; Spotlight on Night Mail (1948), Thirty Million Letters (1963), Night Mail 2 (1986) & Way to the Sea (1936) and an illustrated booklet.
Price £10 + free UK Post & Packing.

Just £9.99 each with free UK P&P

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The classic tale of the Doctor and his alter-ego is
read by Tim Piggott-Smith. (2-CD Set) £9.99

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

One of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language. This abridged version is read by Joanna Lumley. (2-CD Set) £9.99

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

The hilarious adventures on the Thames of the three English friends and their dog. This abridged version is read by Hugh Laurie. (2-CD Set) £9.99


Don’t Just Lie There Say Something (1973) Comedy farce starring Brian Rix, Joanna Lumley, Leslie Phillips and Katy Manning.

True As A Turtle (1957)
Comedy starring John Gregson, Cecil Parker,
Keith Mitchell and June Thorburn.

The Gentle Sex (1943)
Comedy starring Leslie Howard & Lillie Palmer.

No My Darling Daughter (1961)
Comedy starring Juliet Mills, Michael Craig,
Roger Livesey& Michael Redgrave.

The Man Who Liked Funerals (1959)
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips, Bill Fraser,
Susan Beaumont and Thelma Ruby.

The Dark Man (1951)
Thriller starring Maxwell Reed, William Hartnell
Barbara Murray and Natasha Parry.

In The Doghouse (1962)
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips, Peggy
Cummings, Dick Bentley and Hattie Jacques.

Bitter Harvest (1963)
Drama starring Joanna Munro & Alan Badel

Batchelor Of Hearts (1958)
Comedy starring Hardy Kruger, Sylvia Syms,
Ronald Lewis and Barbara Steele.

Night Of The Fox (1990)
Drama starring John Mills and Michael York.

Cloak Without Dagger (1956)
Thriller starring Philip Friend, Leslie Dwyer,
Mary MacKenzieand Bill Nagy.

The Diplomatic Corpse (1958)
Drama starring Susan Shaw & Robin Bailey.