Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hoping you are all well. It’s entering the best time of year for us film lovers, as the nights draw in and a good DVD or Talking Pictures TV can be enjoyed in the warmth. If this was ‘The Smallest Show On Earth’ we would be turning the heating up to sell more ice creams!
Our new Renown DVD Box set is The Vintage Transport CollectionVolume 2 – a must for all vintage transport fans, it’s three discs full of shorts and films featuring Austins, Stock Cars, 1950s Taxi Cabs, bikes, planes, boats and good old steam trains. Just £20 with free UK postage, it’s a real wallow in transport nostalgia – a perfect (dare I say it) Christmas gift for vintage transport enthusiasts!
By popular demand, we have produced a beautiful Limited Edition shiny enamel lapel pin for all you Film Club members! £6.99 each or two for £12, which you can wear with pride as being a proud member of the only independent British club dedicated to preserving film and TV history!
AND the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived – the 2021 TPTV Calendar is here! £10 each while stocks last, full of important dates for film buffs, with stars birthdays, along with wonderful images of stars close to all our hearts. These go like HOT CAKES so do get yours quick! There’s also a very special 4 films for £20 offer, just £5 a DVD! While stocks last; plus many more offers exclusive to you all with some excellent articles to also keep you entertained.
Some Important Dates for your Calendars!
Saturday 27th March 2021 in St Albans we will be holding a Film Quiz with Afternoon Tea and a Film Quiz with Dinner and entertainment the night before our Festival of Film on Sunday 28th March 2021 – more details in your next newsletter but for those of you who live nearby or those of you travelling from afar and staying the night before the festival, do make a note of the date to join us. It will be a lot of fun and time to test you egg heads on your film and TV knowledge and meet like-minded film fanatic friends!
We have received a number of letters and calls regarding the ridiculous change of law for TV licenses for over 75s. I am sure you will all be aware that we do not receive one penny of this and Talking Pictures TV is FREE. We are hopeful we will be able to launch a ‘catch up’ service one day – but until then you will need to purchase your TV licence I’m afraid.
We continue to provide you lots of premieres over the coming weeks, including The Assassination Bureau with Oliver Reed & Diana Rigg; One of Our Aircraft is Missing with Eric Portman & Googie Withers; Robert Morley and Felix Aylmer in The Ghosts of Berkeley Square; the once lost Welcome, Mr. Washington with Peggy Cummins, Sidney Sheldon’s Bloodline with Audrey Hepburn and James Mason who is also in Child’s Play with Beau Bridges and Robert Preston; Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues and the compelling Contraband with Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson, to name a few! More details HERE.
As ever please do keep on spreading the word!
Wishing you all the best, Sarah, Noel, and Neill
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Exclusive New From Renown
3 DVD Box Set
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
Running Time: 377 minutes on 3 DVDs
A collection of fascinating films and shorts on the wonderful world of vintage transport – everything from bikes to buses, bi-planes to jet planes, luxury cars, rally cars and, the wonderful world of the steam engine.
Disc One – 124min
Serves You Right! (1940)
Made by Publicity films at Merton Park Studios. A “Lost” short film on the workings of an English car garage, featuring the right and wrong ways to treat a customer. Includes glimpses of the Ford Eight and the Ford Popular, Prefect and Pilot.
Radio Cab Murder (1954)
A crime drama directed by Vernon Sewell and filmed at Nettlefold, starring Jimmy Hanley, Lana Morris and Sam Kydd with Sonia Holm, Jack Allen, Pat McGrath, Michael Mellinger, Charles Morgan, Bruce Beeby, Rupert Evans, Elizabeth Seal, Jack Stewart, Frank Thornton, Trevor Reid, Edwin Richfield, Jane Harwood, Madge Brindley, Joan Carol, Leonard Sharp and Ian Wilson. World War II veteran and ex-con Fred Martin finds work as a taxi cab driver. While picking up a fare, he witnesses a bank robbery and is asked by the police to go undercover, join the bank-robbery gang, and expose its leader.
Round the World in 21 Days in an Austin (1951)
An Austin A40 is taken off the production line and driven around the world by a team of drivers, acting as a travelling ambassador for the Festival of Britain. The team made good time through Europe, then on to Beirut, Damascus and Bombay, surviving the gruelling journey through deserts and across the Pacific by air to Los Angeles, through America, Canada and a final air hop back to the UK. The plan was to go around the world in 30 days but the small British family car made it in just 21 and the team won their bet of half a crown!
Echo – The Motor Car
A stunningly prophetic old news feature on the motor car and its place in the world. Made in the late 1960s / early 1970s.
Disc Two – 126 min
Rode Safely (1955)
Made by motorcycle experts, this short film features International Six Days Trial winner Eric Wilson and legendary mechanic Nobby Clark. The film reveals how motorcyclists deal with a with a variety of hazards. Directed by Edwin Lambert using locations including Liverpool, Parkgate, Heswall, Thornton Hough and Birkenhead.
Britain’s Jet Planes
A film about the first gas turbine aero engine developed by Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, FRAeS, an English Royal Air Force officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. Features detailed information about the way the engine works and footage of experimental planes in flight and footage of the 1949 Farnborough Show where the De Havilland Comet, the world’s first commercial jet airliner, made its first public appearance.
All That is England
Made by Merton Park Studios in the 1930s and directed by Ralph Smart. A promotional Film on Austin Cars – from the 7 to the Ascot.
Symphony for Steam
Charming amateur footage of steam trains chuffing along in the 1950s, set to music.
The Three-Pointed Star
A film made by luxury car manufacturers Daimler and Benz in the 1950s to celebrate their partnership. The film traces the history of the ‘three-pointed star’ from inception, across all the major Grand Prix events from the 1920s through to the 1950s. The three-pointed star symbolises the use of Daimler engines on land, at sea and in the air.
Flying – Hendon Display (1934)
Vintage footage of daring aerial displays including an early helicopter, bi-planes with smoke trails, formation flying and aircraft of the day in superb detail. Also shows refuelling, bomb loading and overstrands formating, all part of the glory days of aviation.
Sports Cars Race in Snow
Fascinating footage from the late 50s and early 60s of cars on a race track in the snow, with interesting commentary on the cars of the eras.
Let’s Talk Steam Engines
This short film, made by Richard B. Morros, will be enjoyed by fans of very early steam engines. The nostalgic visit to bygone days of transport features reminders of the familiar whistle of the steam train and the chug of the old railroad.
Holidays of 1938
This short film was made by a family on holiday in 1938. It features a visit to Rugby for a parade, footage of Stratford on Avon and Kenilworth and a great tour of The Standard Motor Car Factory in Coventry. A genuine glimpse of England in the late 30s.
Disc Three – 127 min
Dial-a-Bus in Harlow (1974)
A charming film made in and around Harlow, Essex on the trail of the new ‘dial a bus’ scheme. Featuring great shots of 1970s England.
Sons of the Sea (1939)
Directed by Maurice Elvey. Starring Leslie Banks and Kay Walsh with Mackenzie Ward, Cecil Parker, Simon Lack, Ellen Pollock, Peter Shaw, Nigel Stock, Kynaston Reeves and Charles Eaton. The Head of Dartmouth Naval College is murdered but was he the intended victim? Captain Hyde realises that British and foreign intelligence agents are at work and enlists the help of his son, a sea cadet, to smoke them out. Shot during the summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, which is one of the themes of the film. It was made in colour; the only feature film to do so using the Dufaycolor process, a similar method to the Autochrome process.
Against the Tide (1965)
Directed by Robert Tronson. Starring John Collin, Michael Brennan, Ewen Solon and Jean Aubrey with Robert Brown, Victor Platt, Gerald Harrison, Laura Thurlow and Cdr. Hill. A portrayal of The Royal Life Boats based in Teesmouth, showing how the crew operate when they are really needed.
A look at the world of car rallying in Switzerland, the preparation for race day and on the road racing. Features footage of racing cars in the workshop and driving on closed public roads through snowy conditions with frantic pit stops and quick decisions. With commentary by Jeremy Martin and featuring racing drivers Andre Savary and Jean-Robert Corthay. Made in the 1970s.
Kind Hearts and Coronets • Passport to Pimlico • The Lavender Hill Mob • The Man in the White Suit • The Ladykillers
JUST £20.00 WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
A collection of five classic Ealing comedies.
In the years following World War II, English film studio Ealing created a number of comedies which remain overwhelmingly popular with today’s audiences, and are still regarded as treasured English classics. The films spanned the lively and modest, to black comedies of the darkest variety, all were equally hilarious.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Directed by: Robert Hamer Cast: Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Lyn Evans, Clive Morton, John Penrose, Cecil Ramage, Hugh Griffith, John Salew, Eric Messiter, Barbara Leake, Peggy Ann Clifford, Anne Valery, Arthur Lowe, Jeremy Spenser. A period comedy set in the early 20th century. Louis Mazzini vows to take revenge on his family, the D’Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness), but complications begin when Edith D’Ascoyne, the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him.
The Ladykillers (1955),
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, Katie Johnson, Philip Stainton, Frankie Howerd. Eccentric landlady Mrs Wilberforce believes her new lodger Professor Marcus and his associates, to be amateur musicians. They are, in fact, the perpetrators of a bank heist, planning to whisk their ill-gotten gains out of London. All goes well until Mrs Wilberforce is persuaded by Marcus to claim his trunk from the station; only then the criminals carefully laid plans go awry.
The Man in The White Suit (1951)
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Joan Greenwood, Michael Gough, Ernest Thesiger, Henry Mollison, Howard Marion-Crawford, Vida Hope, Duncan Lamont, Colin Gordon, Miles Malleson, Mandy Miller.
Sidney Stratton is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory who invents a material that neither wears out nor becomes dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney’s invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that people will only need one suit of clothing.
Passport to Pimlico (1949)
Directed by: Henry Cornelius Cast: Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Barbara Murray, Hermione Baddeley, Paul Dupuis, Raymond Huntley, John Slater, Jane Hylton, Betty Warren, Basil Radford, Sydney Tafler, Charles Hawtrey, Sam Kydd, Naunton Wayne, Richard Hearne. An unexploded bomb goes off in Pimlico, revealing documents showing that this part of London belongs to Burgundy in France. An automonous state is set up, but the petty squabbles of everyday life soon shatter the Utopian vision.
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Directed by: Charles Crichton Cast: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding, Edie Martin, John Salew, Ronald Adam, Arthur Hambling, John Gregson, Sydney Tafler, Audrey Hepburn. Gold bullion delivery man Henry Holland conspires with fellow lodger Pendlebury, to carry out a heist, intending to smuggle the gold out of the country by melting it into miniature models of the Eiffel Tower. Confusion ensues when the models becomes muddled with a non-golden batch.
DVD Box Set – 4 Discs
Total Running time: 488 mins approx.
JUST £20.00 WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
The Go Between • Billy Liar • Far From the Madding Crowd • Darling
Julie Christie is one of the most luminous actresses to grace the British screen, as well as screens worldwide. She is famously known for her magnetism on film, which has by no means faded with time. This box set contains some of the films that helped to carve her career as one of the best known actresses of her time.
Christie’s first major film role was in Billy Liar (1963), which was directed by John Schlesinger. She played Liz, the friend and “would-be lover” of the eponymous Billy Liar, played by Tom Courtenay, a lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England who lives in a fantasy world and makes immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. Cast: Tom Courtenay, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies, Finlay Currie, Gwendolyn Watts, Helen Fraser, Julie Christie, Leonard Rossiter, Rodney Bewes, George Innes, Leslie Randall, Patrick Barr, Ernest Clark.
Schlesinger went on to direct Christie in her breakthrough role in Darling (1965), written by Frederic Raphael and co-starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey in the poignant story of a stylish but amoral model. Christie won several awards for Darling, including an Oscar. The film features music by Johnny Dankworth.
Cast: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, Roland Curram, José Luis de Villalonga, Basil Henson, Helen Lindsay, Carlo Palmucci, Dante Posani, Umberto Raho, Marika Rivera, Alex Scott, Ernest Walder, Brian Wilde, Pauline Yates, Peter Bayliss.
In Schlesinger’s adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) she played Thomas Hardy’s heroine Bathsheba Everdene. The cinematography was by Nicolas Roeg with a soundtrack by Richard Rodney Bennett. He also used traditional folk songs in various scenes throughout the film. Cast: Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Fiona Walker, Prunella Ransome, Alison Leggatt, Paul Dawkins, Julian Somers, John Barrett, Freddie Jones, Andrew Robertson, Brian Rawlinson.
The Go-Between (1971), was adapted by Harold Pinter from the novel written by L.P Hartley. Christie starred with Alan Bates. Directed by Joseph Losey, the film won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and achieved unaniminous critical acclaim, was seen by many as the peak of the careers of the actors involved. It remains a beautiful and atmospheric interpretation of a truly poignant story about a secret love affair between a beautiful heiress and a poor tenant farmer, who can only communicate by sending messages via a young boy. Cast: Julie Christie, Edward Fox, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Richard Gibson, Amaryllis Garnett, Simon Hume-Kendall, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
248 Original Rock’n’Roll Recordings by the all time greatest stars!
JUST £20.00 WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
10 CD Box Set, 16 Page Booklet. Each CD in an LP Type Sleeve. All Tracks in Mono.
The essential collection for an instant Rock’n’Roll time machine,’ Jukebox Originals’ houses 248 original recordings from Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and many more.
Every one of the ten artists included in this unique box set richly deserves the accolade ‘Jukebox Original’. Not only did they sell millions of records, but together they changed the course of popular music forever to create the foundation of modern rock music.
These are the originals, the pioneers and the legends and this is the soundtrack to the golden age of Rock’n’Roll. Sounding as fresh and exciting as when they were newly released, fans can now save their dimes and pop a disc in the juke box to be rocked by the greatest.
Disc 1: That’s Alright – Elvis Presley
That’s Alright Mama / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Good Rockin’ Tonight / I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine / Milk Cow Blues Boogie / You’re A Heartbreaker / I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone / Baby Let’s Play House / Mystery Train / I Forgot To Remember To Forget / Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The One / Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me / Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel / Love Me Tender / Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be) / Blue Moon
Disc 2: Rock Me My Baby – Buddy Holly
Oh Boy / Not Fade Away / You’ve Got Love / Maybe Baby / It’s Too Late / Tell Me How / That’ll Be The Day / I’m Looking For Someone To Love / An Empty Cup (And A Broken Date) / Send Me Some Lovin’ / Last Night / Rock Me My Baby / I’m Gonna Love You Too / Peggy Sue / Look At Me / Listen To Me / Valley Of Tears / Ready Teddy / Every Day / Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues / Words Of Love / You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) / Rave On / Little Baby
Disc 3: You Can’t Catch Me – Chuck Berry
Maybelline / Thirty Days / No Money Down / Roll Over Beethoven / Too Much Monkey Business / Brown Eyed Handsome Man / You Can’t Catch Me / School Days / Oh Baby Doll / Rock And Roll Music / Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin’ And Rockin’ / Johnny B. Goode / Around And Around / Beautiful Delilah / Carol / Sweet Little Rock And Roller / Jo Jo Gunne / Run Rudolph Run / Anthony Boy / Almost Grown / Little Queenie / Back In The USA / Memphis, Tennessee
Disc 4: Twenty Flight Rock – Eddie Cochran
Long Tall Sally / Blue Suede Shoes / Skinny Jim / Half Loved / Twenty Flight Rock / Pink Peg Slacks / Sittin’ In The Balcony / One Kiss / Mean When I’m Mad / Drive-in Show / Cradle Baby / Stockin’s ‘n’ Shoes / Sweetie Pie / Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie / Pretty Girl / Summertime Blues / C’mon Everybody / Teenage Heaven / I Remember / Somethin, Else / Hallelujah I Love Her So / Little Angel / Cut Across Shorty / Three Steps To Heaven
Disc 5: Bop Street – Gene Vincent
Be Bop A Lula / Woman Love / Race With The Devil / Gonna Back Up Baby / Bluejean Bop / Who Slapped John? / Jezebel Shanklin / Jumps, Giggles And Shouts / Ain’t She Sweet / Up A Lazy River / Bop Street / Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) / I Flipped / Peg O’ My Heart / Jump Back, Honey Jump Back / Crazy Legs / Important Words / B.I. Bickey-Bi-Bo-Bo-Go / Five Days Five Days / Lotta Lovin’ / Wear My Ring / Dance To The Bop / I Got It / Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail / You Told A Fib / Cruisin’ / Double Talkin’ Baby / Cat Man / Pink Thunderbird / Pretty Pretty Baby
Disc 6: Ready Teddy – Little Richard
Tutti Frutti / True Fine Mama / Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave / Ready Teddy / Baby / Slippin’ And Slidin’ / Long Tall Sally / Miss Ann / Oh Why? / Rip It Up / Jenny Jenny / She’s Got It / Keep A Knockin’ / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Send Me Some Lovin’ / Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo (I’ll Never Let You Go) / Heeby Jeebies / All Around The World / Good Golly Miss Molly / Baby Face / Hey Hey Hey Hey / Ooh My Soul / The Girl Can’t Help It / Lucille
Disc 7: Whole Lot Of Shakin’ – Jerry Lee Lewis
Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On / Great Balls Of Fire / Breathless / High School Confidential / Lovin’ Up A Storm / Lewis Boogie / Big Blon’ Baby / End Of The Road / Crazy Arms / Don’t Be Cruel / You Win Again / Down The Line / Matchbox / Goodnight Irene / I’m Feeling Sorry / I Know What It Means / It Hurt Me So / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / I’ll Make It All Up To You / It’ll Be Me / Turn Around / Mean Woman Blues / It All Depends (On Who Will Buy The Wine) / Wild One (Real Wild Child)
Disc 8: Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
I’m Walkin’ / Be-bop Baby / Boppin’ The Blues / If You Can’t Rock Me / Your True Love / Stood Up / Waitin’ in school / Believe What You Say / My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It / Poor Little Fool / Don’t Leave Me This Way / Shirley Lee / My Babe / There Goes My Baby / I Got A Feeling / Never Be Anyone Else But You / It’s Late / One Of These Mornings / Trying To Get To You / Just A Little Too Much / You’ll Never Know What You’re Missin’ / I’ve Been Thinking/ Milk Cow Blues / Travelin’ Man / Hello Mary Lou
Disc 9: Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee
Jambalaya / Bigelow 6-200 / One Step At A Time / Dynamite / Ain’t That Love / Love You Till I Die / One Teenager To Another / Rock-a-bye-baby Blues / Rock The Bop / Ring-a-my-phone / Little John (Rock On Your Steel Guitar) / My Baby Likes Western Guys / Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree / Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home / Heading Home / Let’s Jump The Broomstick / Hummin’ The Blues Over You / The Stroll / St Louis Blues / Just Because / Some Of These Days / Sweet Nothin’s / (If I’m Dreaming) Just Let Me / Weep No More Baby
Disc 10: See You Later Alligator – Bill Haley and his Comets
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Thirteen Women / Shake, Rattle And Roll / ABC Boogie / Happy Baby / Dim Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) / Mambo Rock / Birth Of The Boogie / Razzle Dazzle / Two Hound Dogs / Rock-a-beatin’ Boogie / Burn That Candle / See You Later Alligator / Paper Boy / The Saints Rock’n’roll / R.O.C.K. / Rockin’ Through The Rye / Hot Dog Buddy Buddy / Rip It Up / Teenager’s Mother (Are You Right?) / Rudy’s Rock / Blue Comet Blues