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Welcome to the May / June 2018 Renown Film Club Newsletter!

Dear Club Members,

Hoping you are all well.

Thank you to all of you who wrote in following Noel’s interview on BBC Radio 4 – I have a feeling it alerted a lot more viewers to the joys of Talking Pictures TV and I am pleased to announce that our audience is now well over 2 million viewers a week. We still need this to continue to rise though and keep the momentum up, as the long road isn’t over just yet! So please – at the risk of sounding like a broken record - please keep spreading that word.

Many thanks to all of you who assisted neighbours and friends with the Freeview retune issue recently – it really does mean a great deal to all of us here.

Some wonderful events have now been organised for the remainder of the year, the first is on Sunday 17th June 11.30am till 5pm at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton on Thames. Join us at the ONLY surviving building from the Hepworth / Nettlefold/ Walton Studios as we join the British Blue Plaque society in the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to British Film Pioneer Cecil Hepworth, with William Russell who many of you will remember as Sir Lancelot from ‘The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot’ the hit ITC series filmed at Walton as he discusses his memories on stage. We have a jam packed day of talks, guests, films and clips in this great summer event so do book your tickets quickly, as this event is only a few weeks away and spaces are very limited. The tickets are just £15 for the whole day and there will be a variety of stalls and memorabilia on the day too.

Another date for your diaries is Sunday 23rd September 2018 for the ‘Reel Streets & Talking Pictures TV Routemaster Film Locations Tour.’ We have hired a beautiful original Routemaster and will be conducting a 3 hour tour of film locations in the area from films we all know and love, with lunch included and the option of an AM or PM group. Talking Pictures TV has teamed up with the fabulous bunch of people at Reel a brilliant website dedicated to shots of film locations then and now. It will be a wonderful film location tour and the first ever of its kind. Tickets are just £45 including the tour and lunch and some extras. Final details will be in the June / July newsletter next month but you can pre-order your tickets to avoid disappointment as these tickets too will be limited.

Finally, we are delighted to bring you our GLIMPSES Volume 2 DVD Box Set this month. Like its predecessor, it is a real nostalgia trip with over 60 shorts on 3 discs all connected to the 1950s and 1960s. It’s a ‘reel’ bargain at just £20.

Until next month, stay tuned!

Many thanks for your continued support.

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Renown Pictures New DVD Box Set Release:
The Glimpses Collection Volume 2: 1950s & 1960s

RRP £29.99 Our Price £20 with FREE postage and packing

Renown Pictures are delighted to present THE GLIMPSES COLLECTION: VOLUME 2. Over 60 individual pieces of nostalgia from the 50s & 60s in this superb 3 DVD Box Set. A collection of amateur footage, public information shorts and professional short films celebrating the 50s & 60s. The Great Milk Bottle Mystery: Where do 6.4 million glass bottles disappear to each week? Aberdeen & Edinburgh in the 60s: A nostalgic trip to Aberdeen, Balmoral and Edinburgh Castle. Angling in Lowestoft (1960s): Archive footage of beach anglers enjoying shore fishing. Canoeing and Camping in the 50s: with scouts on the River Wye. Getting Married in the 60s: Look back to a 60s English wedding. Scotland in 1958: Explore one Scottish family's milestones. Switzerland in 50s: amateur colour footage of a trip around 50s Switzerland. Tale of a Dog (1950): Vintage short about a sheep dog. A Trip with the Harrisons: In the 60s to Widecombe in The Moor, Lands’ End, Guildford and Dover. Your Voice on the Telephone: Early 1950s instructional film. A Tale of the Fiords (1955): A beautiful presentation of two children hunting for the Valley Of Happiness. Celebrity Crazy Cricket: A 50s celebrity cricket match featuring Jon Pertwee, Tommy Cooper, Mr Pastry and more! Screenagers! Early 1960s documentary into the spending habit of the 'screenagers.' Keeping Britain Tidy (1962) A short educational film on the problem of litter. Knowsley Hall: short film made in the 50s on the stately home near Liverpool. Man Against Mount Everest: A Castle Films Digest short and the 1952 Swiss attempt to climb Everest. The 2nd International Offshore Powerboat Race (1962) the famous Cowes to Torquay race. Ten Pin Bowling: 60s short film on a family hobby. A 50s Whit Monday Race Meeting: Classic car race at Gamston airfield, Notts. A Day Out in London (1950s): London landmarks. A Sailing We Shall Go: amateur colour footage of a sailing club in the 50s. A Works Group Day Out: 50s amateur footage of a work's day out in Worcester. The Brussel’s World Fair: footage of the exhibition in 1958. Coronation Day 1953: Amateur footage of the villages of Coxhoe and West Cornforth celebrating the special occasion. London Airport in the 60s: Rare footage the Airport’s daily routine, from the cleaners to the pilots. 1950s Newquay: Beautiful colour footage of a family gathering in Newquay and the famous “house by the sea.” Child’s Play: 1950s footage of families and children playing with toys and garden party games. There's even dandelion clocks… remember them? 50s London: Historic footage of London. Gretna Green & Scotland: Amateur footage of an organised tour through Gretna shot in 1955. Southampton & The Isle Of Wight: Take a 50s glimpse in this historic amateur footage. Sports Day: Amateur footage of a traditional sports day in the 1950s. The 50s Steel Works: The workings of a UK Steel works. Sturminster Carnival: the 1962 Carnival. When Motorways Were Fun: Early footage of the M1. Fitness Wins the Game: an educational short. Glimpses of 1967: Nostalgic footage. Diving: A documentary on diving. Lancashire the Home of Industry: We go down the pits, see inside a Cotton factory, Paper Mill, Hat Factory & more! The Midlands in the 1960s: Filmed in the 1960s this documentary short covers the growth of the Midlands. Mine’s a Terrier: A Delightful look at some of the famous terrier breeds. Pen Pictures from Denmark: A short film about a Danish child’s letter to his English friends about his holiday. Petticoat Lane in the 1950s: Historic footage of the famous market. Playing in the Road: A road safety short. Sheffield Anglers 1960s: Documentary made in the 1960s following the weekly fishing competition. Birmingham & The Road Patrol Bikes: 1950s – From Birmingham we follow the road patrol! Pembrooke Castle, Wales: Amateur footage from the 1950s. The Clifton Suspension Bridge: Amateur footage filmed in the early 50s. Motoring Around Europe in the 60s: From the ferry to driving through Paris and Italy. Change Air Enterprises – The Flying Boat: The history of Empire Air Services and the flying Boat situated at Croydon Airfield. Steam Traction (1964): footage of the Steam Traction Engine Rally. A 60s Holiday: Amateur footage of a family holiday in Cornwall and Devon in 1964. Bristol & Scotland: Amateur footage a 50s family trip to Bristol and then on to Edinburgh and the Royal Mile. Pondsbury Marsh: Footage of a 1950s school trip. The Power We Need: Made in 1962 the economic future of the coal industry in relation to other sources of power. Includes footage of Bevercotes Colliery in Nottinghamshire. Crowdy Cup Broxbourne 1966: A sailing competition in 1966. Spring Blossoms: 50s nature documentary featuring some wonderful ‘time-lapse’ film footage. Scouting Competition 1952: Amateur footage at a fifties scouts Jamboree. The Pinner Wheelbarrow Race: filmed in 1967 where men in wheelbarrows would drink a pint at each pub! Unguarded Moment: The perils of Britain’s roads are seen in this chilling short film made in 1951 by The Blackheath Film Unit for the Greenwich Safety Board. A Truly historical collection of ‘Glimpses’ of the past!

RRP £29.99 Our Price £20.00 with FREE UK Postage

BFI: Dual Format Special Edition
Contains a BLU-RAY & DVD of the Film
£15 with free UK Postage


Stars: John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley, Renee Gadd, A. E. Matthews, Mabel Terry-Lewis, Ada Reeve, Norman Shelley, Fanny Rowe, Ralph Michael, Brenda Bruce and J B Priestley as himself. Directed by Basil Dearden. An Ealing Studios Film.

A rarely seen classic of British cinema, Ealing Studios’ They Came to a City. A fantastical allegory from the pen of J B Priestley, this most unusual of Ealing’s features. Now available on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition, in a new 2K transfer from the best surviving 35mm element. The story involves nine Britons who are transported to a mysterious city where, according to their class and disposition, they find themselves either in an earthly paradise of peace and equality or a hell starved of ambition and riches.

Special features include a one hour Michael Balcon NFT Lecture from 1969 (audio only), fully illustrated booklet and the films, We Live in Two Worlds (1937) a GPO film narrated by Priestley; Britain at Bay (1940) wartime morale-booster narrated by Priestley; A City Reborn (1945) written by Dylan Thomas; Charley in Newtown (1948) animated short on post war towns and Your Very Good Health (1948) animated short on the NHS.


A collection of 11 classic British films from influential filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Films from the 1940s onwards reflecting the times and the passing world incidental to the stories they recount. We see Britain as it was before and during the Second World War and the art of film making is shown at its finest. The collection is also a showcase of some of the greatest cinematic talent of all time, from David Niven, Laurence Olivier and Deborah Kerr to Peter Finch, Wendy Hiller and even Sabu. Through eleven classic films spanning from 1941 to 1966, each one guaranteed to keep not only film buffs but the casual viewer hours of pleasure time and time again. The films in this collection are; A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH (1946) Stars: David Niven as a pilot given a reprieve when heaven make a clerical error; BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE (1956) Stars: Peter Finch in the true story of the 1939 naval battle; A CANTERBURY TALE (1944) Stars: Eric Portman & Sheila Sim where three pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town; 49th PARALLEL (1941) Stars Laurence Olivier and Leslie Howard in a classic war film; I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING (1945) Stars: Wendy Hiller as a woman who gets stranded on an island due to a storm and begins to see life differently; Ill MET BY MOONLIGHT (1957) Stars: Dirk Bogarde and David Oxley play British officers assigned to kidnap the German commander-in-chief General Kreipe (Marius Goring) and spirit him back to Cairo; THE LIFE & DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943) Stars: Roger Livesey as he reflects over his career and the woman (Deborah Kerr) he loved and lost; THE RED SHOES (1948) Stars: Moira Lister in the classic ballet film; THEY’RE A WEIRD MOB (1966) Stars: Walter Chiari as an Italian immigrant in Australia looking for work; THE TALES OF HOFFMAN (1951) Stars: Robert Rounseville as Hoffman in an adaptation of the Offenbach's opera; BLACK NARCISSUS (1946) Stars Deborah Kerr & Jean Simmons a drama of tensions, jealousy and lust within a convent in a Himalayan valley.

RRP £59.00   Our Price £25 with FREE UK P&P

The Rank Organisation Presents ‘Look At Life.’

‘Look at Life’ was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas. These short films replaced the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of regular television news broadcasts. The films were also famously narrated by Tim Turner, Raymond Baxter, Michael Ingrams, Eamonn Andrews, John Witty, Anne MacEwen and Duncan Carse among other personalities of the day.

Look at Life: Volume One – Transport (4 DVD Box Set)

Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these ‘slice of life’ colour featurettes – numbering over 500 episodes in total – presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life, and among the documentaries included here are several that vividly capture the vibrancy and optimism of the Swinging Sixties. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this release compiles 54 memorable films which offer a fascinating snapshot of transport in 1960s’ Britain, with many unseen since their first screening. Vol: 1 inc; Ticket to Tokyo, Letting Off Steam, Flight on a Cushion – The Hovercraft Story, Talking of Coaches, Air Hostess, Taxi! Taxi!, Over and Under – Modern Bridge Building, Eyes of the Law – A Look at Traffic Control & Motorways, Horse Power Riders, Scooter Commuter, Vintage Models, The Car Has Wings, Pilot Abroad, Turn of the Wheel, City of the Air, Living With Cars, Flying to Work, The Spirit of Brooklands – The Racing Circuit, Pushing the Bike, Playing Trains, All in a Day’s Work and many more in this nostalgic 4 DVD Disc Box Set.

Look at Life Volume 2 – Military (3 DVD Set)

This volume offers 45 memorable films offering fascinating insights into varied aspects of British military life, From the Black Arrows’ daring acrobatics to military survival techniques and from sea mine clearance to the valour of Victoria Cross holders in films from the 60s inc; The Black Arrows, The Soldier Abroad, Under the Rocket, Thunder in Waiting, The Last Battleship, Test Pilot, Plumbing the Depths, Survival, The Jet Folk, The Flying Soldier, The Price of Valour, Underwater Menace, East of Suez, Down to Earth – the WRAF Girls and more in these featurettes of military achievements.

Look at Life Volume 3 – Science (3 DVD Set)

Volume 3 offers 45 memorable films offering fascinating insights into varied aspects of scientific progress and innovation that have benefited the British way of life. Many of the films have remained unseen since their first screening, digitally transferred from their original film elements for this latest nostalgic set inc; Follow the Stars, A Marriage is Arranged – Steel & Plastic, Healing Hands, Press Button Age, Any Old Iron?, Caught in the Cold, Keeping Clean, Having a Baby, Power Needs No Passport, Wealth Under the Sea, By Bread Alone and many more in this 3 DVD collection of the sciences.


THE LUPINO COLLECTION – 30s triple bill

NO LADY (1931) Stars: Lupino Lane, Renee Clama and Sari Maritza. The henpecked Mr Pog takes his wife and children to Blackpool but is mistaken for an international criminal and drawn into a series of adventures. The comedy is also directed by Lupino Lane.
HER FIRST AFFAIRE (1932) Stars: Ida Lupino in her first film, George Curzon and Diana Napier. An impetuous teenage girl becomes infatuated by a famous novelist, but she has a boyfriend and the writer is married. Drama directed by Allan Dwan.
SHIPMATES O’MINE (1936) Stars: John Garrick, Jean Adrienne and Wallace Lupino. A through-the-years story with songs and sentiments. A sailor rises from first officer to captain, gets married and has a son, but loses his command when his ship is rammed and the vessel is abandoned to save passengers. Years later the ship is recommissioned thanks to the Captains son. Directed by Oswald Mitchell.

THE HOUSE OF BLACKMAIL – crime triple bill

THE HOUSE OF BLACKMAIL (1953) Stars: Mary Germaine, William Sylvester and Alexander Gauge. Directed by Maurice Elvey. The story of an innocent hitch-hiker who takes a ride into danger when he accepts a lift from a woman who is being blackmailed...
THE SIX MEN (1951) Stars Harold Warrender, Olga Edwardes, Michael Evans and Peter Bull. Directed by Michael Law. A gang of six criminals Scotland Yard is unable to pin a charge against even though they are positive of the identities are turned on each other.
A MATTER OF MURDER (1949) Stars: Maureen Riscoe, John Barry, Charles Clapham, Ian Fleming and John Le Mesurier. Directed by John Gilling. A bank clerk succumbs to the unending demands of his bullying girlfriend for expensive things and embezzles money from his employer. But he finds himself implicated when the girl is murdered and goes on the run. Partly made at the Kensington Studio.

MELODY CLUB – comedy triple bill

MELODY CLUB (1949) Stars: Terry-Thomas, Gwynneth Vaughan, Len Lowe and Michael Balfour. Directed by Monty Berman & Robert S Baker. A nit wit detective on the trail of a gang of jewel thieves traces them to a nightclub to round them up.
A HOLE LOT OF TROUBLE (1969) Stars: Arthur Lowe, Victor Maddern, Tim Barrett, Leslie Dwyer and Bill Maynard. Directed by Francis Searle. Labourers arrive to dig a hole in a quiet suburban street in order to lay a new power cable to a local address. But their manager – who turns up for an inspection – says they are digging in the wrong place.
GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT (1968) Stars: Eddie Byrne, Dermot Kelly and Sam Kydd. Directed by Francis Searle. Steve returns to Ireland after 20 years, a millionaire, but when he gets drunk and loses his gold nuggets, everyone thinks there's a gold rush!


BEAUTY AND THE BARGE (1937) Stars: Gordon Harker, Margaret Rutherford, Ronald Shiner and Jack Hawkins. Comedy directed by Henry Edwards. Truculent bargee, Captain Barley finds himself embroiled in the romantic escapades of Ethel Smedley, who is running away from a loveless marriage. Made at the Riverside Studios.
KEEP IT CLEAN (1956) Stars: Ronald Shiner, James Hayter and Ursula Howells. Directed by David Paltenghi. A man invents a new cleaning machine and his brother in law offers to help him to promote it, but in order to do so he has to get help from the Purity League.
NOT WANTED ON VOYAGE (1957) Stars: Brian Rix, Ronald Shiner, Griffith Jones and Katie Boyle in a farce directed by Maclean Rogers. The rollicking mis-adventures of two cabin stewards bound for Tangiers on a cruise ship, where they uncover the identity of a jewel thief and set out to recover diamonds stolen from the passengers.

CHILD IN THE HOUSE – 40s/50s triple bill

CHILD IN THE HOUSE (1956) Stars: Stanley Baker, Mandy Miller and Phyllis Calvert. Directed by Cy Endfield. With her mother in hospital and her father on the run, 11 year old Elizabeth is sent to live with her sniffy aunt and rigid uncle - but she is meeting her fugitive father in secret.
THE SCAMP (1957) Stars: Colin ‘Smiley’ Petersen and Richard Attenborough. Directed by Wolf Rilla. A teacher and his wife temporary adopt a boy while his no-good father is on tour in the hope of giving him a sound upbringing, but the good deed is fraught with problems.
FRONTLINE KIDS (1942) Stars Leslie Fuller, Marion Gerth, Anthony Holles, John Singer and Gerald Rex. Directed by Maclean Rogers. In wartime London, an unruly group of boys manage to gain jobs in a hotel and help an incompetent porter to thwart a gang of criminals, who it appears are operating out of the building.

GHOST CAMERA – thriller triple bill

GHOST CAMERA (1933) Stars: Henry Kendall, Victor Stanley, John Mills, Ida Lupino and George Merritt. When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth.
JUGGERNAUT (1936) Stars: Boris Karloff, Joan Wyndham, Arthur Margetson and Mona Goya. An evil doctor and the greedy wife of a rich man plot to poison him, by lethal injection, so they can get their hands on his money in this British mystery thriller.
THE HAUNTED PALACE (1949) Stars: Shaw Desmond, Helene Cooney, Ann Wrigg and William Holloway. A documentary feature with dramatic reconstructions that attempt to explain ghostly appearances that are claimed to have been seen in British settings.

New HARDBACK BOOK Offer: £20 with free postage
The Price of Fame: The Biography of Dennis Price

One of Britain’s most beloved actors is the subject of a brand new 256 page hardback book written by Elaine Parker and Gareth Owen. THE PRICE OF FAME: THE BIOGRAPHY OF DENNIS PRICE, charts the rollercoaster life and career of the star who starred in over 140 films and television appearances.

Charming, erudite and the very personification of the English gentleman, Dennis Price was without doubt also one of the most promising and talented newcomers to the world of theatre and film in the late 1930s, arguably reaching his screen best in the classic Ealing comedy 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'.

Huge critical praise was lavished upon him and he was compared alongside theatrical contemporaries Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson as being destined for great things. Scene-stealing performances followed over the next few decades in such differing films as 'The Dancing Years', 'The Intruder', 'Private's Progress', 'The Naked Truth', 'Tunes of Glory', 'Tamahine' and 'Theatre of Blood', to name but a few.

Though whilst his career was blossoming his private life was going through turmoil when, after one of his several affairs was discovered by his wife, he faced the shame of divorce, separation from his two children and when coupled with significant tax bills, it all proved too much and the actor attempted suicide. Eventually bouncing back, he reinvented himself as a character actor and appeared in scores of notable films-and was often the best thing in them! Illustrated throughout with over 100 black and white images, this new insight into the actor will be welcomed by film fans.

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