Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
At last, the great British Summer has arrived and with it a wave of happiness as people begin to meet up again. As George Formby said, ‘turned out nice again,’ but even if it turns to rain, we have plenty to keep you entertained, here, on TPTV and with our autumn events in Stockport. Tickets are selling steadily, so do book yours for the events over the weekend of 9th-10th October.
More film finds coming soon! Noel’s been on a trip to Grimsby to pick up film cans from old friend and film collector Phil – read more about Phil and his collection below.
This month we present Volume 2 of our Saturday Morning Pictures series: the 1952 sci-fi series Radar Men from the Moon on DVD for the first time. Starring George Wallace as Commando Cody, the DVD features all 12 episodes, fully restored with optional subtitles. It is complemented by our limited edition Radar Men from the Moon t-shirt.
Our second DVD release this month is the Slightly Saucy Box Set, a selection of cheeky films and shorts, all with optional subtitles, including Games That Lovers Play with Joanna Lumley and White Cargo with David Jason, also an amusing ‘documentary’ on How to Undress in Public without Undue Embarrassment, narrated by the alluring voice of Fenella Fielding.
Our £20 feature offer this month is a must for fans of Anthony Newley – on DVD, his innovative series, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, PLUS on CD, Anthony Newley sings The Good Old Bad Old Days!
Those of you who were lucky enough to see Terry Dene perform at our last Stockport event will enjoy his CD The Complete Early Terry Dene. Known as the ‘British Elvis’ Terry is recognised as one of the best voices of the rock and roll era. Also on DVD, music hall extravaganza London Town with Kay Kendall, Sid Field and Petula Clark; The Blue Lamp with Jack Warner and Dirk Bogarde and They Were Sisters with Phyllis Calvert and James Mason.
Also on DVD this month: The Lotus Eaters, starring Ian Hendry and Wanda Ventham and The Last Voices of World War One with interviews with those involved in the conflict. Starting on TPTV in July is a selection of Laurel and Hardy films, in celebration of their 100th anniversary. We have teamed up with artist Steve Lilly to offer a unique print of the pair. Also a new book about Stan & Ollie, Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts, with unseen anecdotes relating to their lives and careers. Those who remember Up Pompeii will enjoy the audio book which retells the story of Lurcio the slave with a new cast including Frazer Hines and Tim Brooke-Taylor.
Plenty of premieres on this month on TPTV, including: The Earth Dies Screaming with Willard Parker and Dennis Price; Celia Johnson & Noël Coward in The Astonished Heart and Christopher Columbus with Fredric March. Comedy with Arthur Askey & Googie Withers in Backroom Boy and The Perfect Woman starring Patricia Roc and Stanley Holloway.
On this month’s letters page is a photo of film people from the 50s, can any film buffs identify anyone in the picture?
Thank you as always for your support and feedback, it keeps us all going! We hope to be filming again soon, it will be good to get some stars back in the studio, so watch this space!