Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
It’s been really heart-warming to read all your lovely letters and emails of support about what Talking Pictures TV has meant to you during lockdown, it means so very much to us here in the projectionist’s box, thank you. So nice to feel we have helped so many of you in some small way.
Spring is on the horizon, thank goodness, and hopefully better times ahead for us all!
This month we are delighted to release the charming film The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp, the perfect tonic, starring Felix Aylmer & Diane Cilento, beautifully restored, with optional subtitles plus London locations in and around Islington such as Upper Street, Liverpool Road and the Regent’s Canal. We also have music from The Shadows, dearly missed Peter Vaughan’s brilliant book; the John Betjeman Collection for lovers of English architecture, a special DVD sale from our friends at Strawberry, British Pathé’s 1950 A Year to Remember, and a special price on our box set of Together! Also a brilliant book and CD set for fans of Skiffle and – (drum roll) – The Talking Pictures TV Limited Edition Baseball Cap is finally here – hand made in England! And much, much more.
Talking Pictures TV continues to bring you brilliant premieres including our new Saturday Morning Pictures, 9am to 12 midday every Saturday. Other films to look forward to this month include Theirs is the Glory, 21 Days with Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier, Anthony Asquith’s Fanny By Gaslight, The Spanish Gardener with Dirk Bogarde, Nijinsky with Alan Bates, Woman Hater with Stewart Granger and Edwige Feuillère, Traveller’s Joy with Googie Withers, The Colour of Money with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise and Dangerous Davies, The Last Detective with Bernard Cribbins. We also have a new series beginning in March, The Champions, made in the 1960s and starring Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt as the Champions of Law, Order and Justice.
Sad news as we learn of the loss of Barbara Shelley, remembered affectionately and seen on Talking Pictures TV in Quatermass and the Pit. We also note the sad passing of director Michael Apted, CMG who directed The Lovers TV series and Stardust among many others.
See below for an important message for ticket holders for the St Albans Festival of Film. We remain hopeful that October’s festival at the beautiful Stockport Plaza will go ahead. There’s a CD available on the website which will help you all recreate your cinema experiences at home with sounds of the iconic Compton organ – every sale helps keep our beloved Plaza going!
Until March, stay safe and keep on spreading the word about Talking Pictures TV. You are not alone, there’s 6 million of you all watching us every week now – who would have thought it!
Best wishes, Sarah, Noel and Neill.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ST ALBANS
SUNDAY 28TH MARCH 2021 TICKET HOLDERS
Sadly it does look like our March Festival of Film at St Albans will not be able to take place once again. For those of you with tickets, it’s time to either swop them for Stockport in October, on Sunday 10th, move them to 20th March 2022 in St Albans again, use them towards a purchase of anything in this newsletter, or post us your tickets for a refund.
Please do get in touch and let us know what you would like to do.
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RENOWN PICTURES NEW DVD RELEASE
The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954)
A comedy starring Felix Aylmer, Diane Cilento and Jerry Desmonde.
Directed by Alan Bromly.
The original black and white version with the colour version as a bonus feature and subtitles.
Full cast: Felix Aylmer, Diane Cilento, Robert Eddison, Jerry Desmonde, Joe Linnane, Sheila Sweet, Philip Guard, Genitha Halsey, Edward Evans, Elaine Wodson, Alfie Bass, Thomas Gallagher, Phyllis Morris, David Kossoff, Raymond Rollett, June Ellis, Herbert C. Walton, Freddie Watts, Cyril Smith, Jean Aubrey, Maurice Kaufmann, Thomas Moore, Molly Hamley-Clifford, George Hilsdon, Jack Sharp and Nelson’s Gift as Spiderflash the dog.
A beautiful blonde angel, arrives in The Angel, Islington on a goodwill mission to soften the heart of pawnbroker Joshua Webman. Finding that she needs money to fulfill her mission on Earth, her only solution to this problem is to pawn her harp. During her earthly visit, she finds time to salvage several other lost sheep, bringing out the best in the people she meets and showing them the path on which their happiness lies.
Made at Beaconsfield Studios, Buckinghamshire, England, with location shooting at the Angel, Islington, scenes of Old Islington, Camden Passage and Harringay Stadium, London. The film offers a fascinating glimpse into London at the time, with streets full of trolleybuses on their wires, the successors to trams. Specific locations in Islington include: the High Street with The Angel Cinema, Express Dairies and The Peacock public house, The White Lion public house, White Lion Street, Liverpool Road, Upper Street with Nottidge’s shop and the Police Station, Charlton Place and the Regent’s Canal section of the Grand Union Canal with Packington Street Bridge, Rothery Street and St Mary’s Path, the gardens of St Mary’s Church and Gerrard Road. The Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank also appears, at the time it would have been built only three years earlier. In the scene where the angel falls to earth, London is shown from above, with the Thames, County Hall, The Houses of Parliament and Parliament Square.