Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May 2020 be filled with health and happiness. Our first release for 2020 is a brilliant new box set, War In Film Volume 1; three discs full of war related films, all restored, plus our exclusive documentary Lest We Forget – all for just £20 with free UK postage. Optional subtitles are available to select on the discs. The set of films includes: Who Goes Next, Subway in the Sky, Desert Mice, The Treasure of San Teresa, During One Night, The Hand, Beyond the Curtain, Mr Kingstreet’s War and shows war from all aspects, not just the gritty and gruesome, but also the human story, humour, sadness, joy and triumph, at home and at the front.
Our first event in 2020, The Renown Festival of Film, is just a few weeks away and we are delighted that it is completely sold out – there will be no tickets on the door. We have a wonderful day lined up, which will be revealed in our next newsletter. We have already booked The Stockport Plaza for 2020, Sunday 4th October – do put the date in your diaries. This year tickets for this event will be with numbered seating. We are also looking at a London event and a coastal weekend away in the summer, more details to follow.
I spent a great afternoon filming with Sid James’ daughter, the lovely Reina James last year which led me to read one of her books. What a talented writer she is! We are very proud to be able to offer her book The Old Joke about retired film stars – very apt for all of us I thought!
It will soon be Valentine’s Day (Friday 14th February) and for the Valentines in your lives (or just for yourselves!), we have created a beautiful British Bombshell Make Up Bag featuring film sirens and for those who are an ‘Absolute Shower’ a useful wash bag!
It’s a month of fun on Talking Pictures TV this January, with a host of premieres including Personal Services with Julie Walters on Sat 18th Jan at 9:30pm, Old Bill and Son with Morland Graham and John Mills on Tues 21st Jan at 7pm, Follow a Star with Norman Wisdom on Sun 26th Jan at 6:50pm PLUS we are bringing SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM back to British TV screens from Sunday 19th January at 9pm.
We are often inundated with requests for films and series to be shown on Talking Pictures TV. Everything we air comes at a price and requires a license to be shown. It takes lots of research and hard work to make it all available; and that’s if we can get a license and if it even still exists! We provide more films and series every month and all for FREE! Which leads me to our monthly plea to spread the word about the film club, our events and Talking Pictures TV – you have no idea how important it is. To help spread the word, you can purchase one of our limited edition Renown Film Club Member badges while the last few stocks remain for just £2 when purchasing anything else in this newsletter. Wear it with pride!
We write with sadness following the recent loss of dear Elizabeth Sellars and Tony Britton to the great Cinema in the Sky. We have been in touch with Tony’s daughter Fern several times over the years. He enjoyed watching Talking Pictures TV and was an honoured member of The Renown Film Club. Such wonderful actors, we will help to keep their memories alive.
To cheer everyone up this newsletter has everything from Tommy Cooper to Charlie Chaplin plus a Killer B Movie Collection, a Hitchcock Collection and music from Craig Douglas. Until next month, many thanks for your support and Happy New Year once again,
Wishing you all the best for the New Year! Sarah, Noel, and Neill
NEW EXCLUSIVE RENOWN 3 DVD SET
3 DVD set
A collection from the Renown archives of films depicting war in many different ways. Fully restored, with optional subtitles, Volume 1 of this three-DVD box set includes: Who Goes Next; Subway in the Sky; Desert Mice; The Treasure of San Teresa; During One Night; The Hand; Beyond the Curtain; Mr Kingstreet’s War and a bonus feature, the exclusive Renown documentary: Lest We Forget.
Box set includes:
Who Goes Next (1938)
Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Jack Hawkins, Charles Eaton, Frank Birch, Andrew Osborn, Roy Findlay, Alastair MacIntyre, Meinhart Maur,
Francis James, Viola Compton, Elizabeth Nolan, Charles Lancing, Francis R. Mann, Wyndham Hewett, Kitty Kirwan, George Spence. A group of British officers attempt to escape a POW camp.
Subway in the Sky (1959)
Director: Muriel Box. Cast: Hildegard Knef, Cec Linder, Katherine Kath, Van Johnson, Tom Watson, Albert Lieven, Gerda Larsen,Michael Bell, Chuck Keyser, Edward Judd,
Vivian Matalon, Gaylord Cavallaro, E. Kerrigan Prescott, James Maxwell. Set in Berlin; a military doctor is accused of dealing in illegal drugs.
Desert Mice (1959)
Director: Michael Relph. Cast: Sid James, Dora Bryan, Alfred Marks, Liz Fraser, Dick Bentley, Irene Handl, Joan Benham, Gilbert Davis, Reginald Beckwith, Kenneth Fortescue, Marius Goring, Anthony Bushell, Philo Hauser, John Le Mesurier, Anthony Bate, Jim O’Brady, Yvonne Buckingham, Nigel Davenport, Harry Landis, Paul Eddington, Arthur Howard, Stanley Escane, Ivor Salter. The story of an ENSA troupe of entertainers in North Africa.
The Treasure of San Teresa (1959) (AKA Hot Money Girl)
Director: Alvin Rakoff. Cast: Eddie Constantine, Dawn Addams, Marius Goring, Christopher Lee, Nadine Tallier, Walter Gotell, Willy Witte, Tsai Chin,
Georgina Cookson, Clive Dunn, Steve Plytas, Derek Sydney, Anna Turner,
Stella Bonheur, Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, Gaylord Cavallaro, Hubert Mittendorf. American ex-serviceman returns to Europe to retrieve jewels hidden from the Nazis in 1944.
During One Night (1960) (AKA Night of Passion)
Directed & written by: Sidney J. Furie.
Cast: Don Borisenko, Susan Hampshire, Sean Sullivan, Joy Webster, Alan Gibson, Graydon Gould, Barbara Ogilvie, Tom Busby, Jackie Collins, Roy Stephens, Michael Golden, Colin Maitland. 24 hours in the lives of two World War II airmen, one with a terrible injury, one dealing with life.
The Hand (1960)
Director: Henry Cass. Cast: Derek Bond, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Reed De Rouen, Ray Cooney, Reginald Hearne, Tony Hilton, Bryan Coleman, Harold Scott, Walter Randall, Jean Dallas, Gwenda Ewen, Michael Moore, Ronald Wilson, Pat Hicks. Revenge thriller which follows the trail of the murder of a one-handed man back to a POW camp in Burma in 1946.
Beyond the Curtain (1960)
Director: Compton Bennett. Cast: Richard Greene, Eva Bartok, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim, Andree Melly, George Mikell, John Welsh, Denis Shaw, Annette Carell,
Gaylord Cavallaro, Leonard Sachs, Brian Wilde, Steve Plytas, Guy Kingsley Poynter, André Mikhelson, Court Benson, Carmen Blanck, Max Brimmell, Maurice Browning, Ian Curry, Bill Edwards, Thomas Foulkes. A German-born airline stewardess is trapped behind the Iron Curtain when a flight she is on is forced down.
Mr Kingstreet’s War (1971)
Director: Percival Rubens. Cast: John Saxon, Tippi Hedren, Rossano Brazzi, Kerry Jordan, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Gaby Getz, Joe Seakatsie, Roland Robinson, Anthony Wheeler, John Marcus, Raymond Matuson, Luigi Vitali, Michael Preston, Tullio Monetas. Caught between warring factions in 1939 just before World War II, the Kingstreets battle to protect their way of life.
BONUS FEATURE: Lest We Forget (2018)
Exclusive documentary, made for Talking Pictures TV, commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI. Presented by war historian Alan Forbes, who visited Flanders and the Somme to pay moving tributes to “Our Boys”.