Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hello everyone and welcome to all our new supporters who bought the fantastic TPTV 2021 calendar – welcome to the Talking Pictures TV & Renown Pictures monthly newsletter, the largest free club supporting film and TV history! Talking of calendars – we have just a few left, so please do get your orders in quick as ‘Every Home Should Have One’ and they really do help us, plus they make the perfect gift for film buffs!
This month we bring you a very special limited edition DVD release of SCROOGE (1951), with the wonderful Alastair Sim CBE, (in our opinion the best Scrooge on film), with optional subtitles for the very first time! It’s a 2-DVD special edition for Dickens’ 150th anniversary. Included on the discs are the original 1951 theatrical trailer and Scrooge (1935) with Seymour Hicks. It’s limited stock with a special price of just £15 with free UK postage (scroll down for more details).
Keeping the Scrooge theme in mind, I’ve made some delightful exclusive baubles, perfect for those ‘Bah Humbugs’ (I’m sure we all know one!)… By popular request, I’ve also made some cufflinks this month. We have a host of special offers to help you with gifting this year, so I do hope you find something of interest. Look out for the BFI 2-DVD box set Stop! Look! Listen! featuring nostalgic films on road safety. One features current affairs presenter Frank Bough, who sadly died this October. We also have a piece on dear Margaret Nolan who also recently passed away, largely overlooked by the press. Sir Sean Connery, with whom she co-starred, will be mourned by generations of film fans.
November and December on Talking Pictures TV are filled with premieres, including: The Scarlet Pimpernel with Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, Checkpoint starring Stanley Baker, A Window in London with Michael Redgrave, the wartime film This England; The Spider and the Fly with Eric Portman and Flame in the Streets with John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Earl Cameron and Johnny Sekka, plus three films from the ‘Doctor in…’ series. You will know that Christopher Beeny was a dear friend of ours and he would have been over the moon to see that Upstairs, Downstairs is coming to TPTV very soon.
The Cinema Museum in London is desperately in need of funds to become COVID safe, please support them if you can, www.cinemamuseum.org.uk. We use the venue for many of our filmed interviews and it is very close to our hearts. Once a workhouse where Charlie Chaplin lived as a child, it now houses a unique collection of cinema artefacts and memorabilia.
Hope you are all staying well in these troubled times, do keep spreading the word about Talking Pictures TV and Renown. It’s so important to keep these names alive, for future generations. Our young Archie loves Laurel & Hardy, Norman Wisdom and George Formby – it’s a joy to hear him laughing at them! We receive many letters from grandparents who enjoy watching films on TPTV with younger family members. I had a super chat on the phone with a viewer in their 20s who has become a fan of Peggy Mount and joins in the ‘Sam Kydd spotting game’. Equally, I had a charming conversation with a 94 year old gentleman who recently found Talking Pictures TV and stated we have ‘changed his life’. Makes it all so worthwhile. Until next month we shall keep those projectors going!
Thank you as always for your support, best wishes, Sarah, Noel & Neill
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RENOWN PICTURES EXCLUSIVE
NEW 2-DVD RELEASE
Scrooge A Christmas Carol
With optional subtitles for the very first time.
Includes Black & White and Colour Versions.
2-DVD Box Set.
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE Limited Edition Release
Renown Pictures are delighted to present a fully restored 2K transfer from the original film elements. This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale.
Scrooge – A Christmas Carol (1951)
Black & White AND Colour Versions
Stars: Alastair Sim CBE, George Cole OBE, Kathleen Harrison, Sir Michael Hordern CBE, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley and Jack Warner OBE.
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst.
INCLUDES ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
Starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge with Kathleen Harrison as his charwoman, George Cole as the young Scrooge, Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit, Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin, Ernest Thesiger as Marley’s undertaker; and Patrick Macnee as young Jacob Marley. Michael Hordern plays Marley’s ghost, as well as the adult Marley. Peter Bull narrates, reading Dickens’ words at the beginning and end of the film; he also appears on-screen. The well-known tale of the miser who sees the errors of his ways through a series of ghostly visitations is perfectly portrayed in the best-loved film version of Dickens’ festive tale.
BONUS FEATURE: SCROOGE (1935)
Stars: Sir Edward Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran and Mary Glynne. Directed by: Henry Edwards. Having played the role both on stage and in a silent film, Seymour Hicks is Scrooge in the first sound version of the Charles Dickens classic.
“The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Michael Hordern makes a splendid Jacob Marley and Mervyn Johns a humble Bob Cratchit, while George Cole is perfectly cast as the younger Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with complete finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missed…” Radio Times