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2018 Summer Sale Crime Collection Vol 4 Reel Streets Film Tour Glimpses Vol 2 Talking Pictures TV

Welcome to Renown Films

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

Dear Club Members,

What a wonderful day we shared with some of our viewers and club supporters at the Summer Celebration Of Hepworth / Nettlefold / Walton Studios. It is so important to run these events to keep the memories alive and a chance for our supporters to meet and make friends. William Russell (Sir Lancelot) unveiled the Blue Plaque that dear Mike Read had organised to commemorate the work of the great British film pioneer Cecil Hepworth – which started the day with rapturous applause and laughter. Sir Lancelot and Mike Read gave a very entertaining session on the stage in the wonderful Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, the only surviving building (which I believe housed the generators) of the studios. He talked about his memories of his first audition and how he was actually intended to be the star of The Buccaneers, how the swords were too heavy when first created for them and the changes that took place with scenery and costumes when the series moved to colour. His memories of Dr Who and Coronation Street also kept us enthralled.

Patricia Dainton was marvellous on stage and gave a fascinating insight into life at Walton Studios and working on Operation Diplomat and many others. Did you know Patricia was on the front of the very first TV Times magazine? We did but not many hands rose in the audience! Her stories of ‘Six Penny Corner’ explained the difficulties facing those who were not Equity members - and her brush in the dressing room with Claude Rains! Dr Simon Brown gave us incredible insights into the life of Cecil Hepworth and submarines!

Renée Glynne and Colin Maitland were equally interesting. Renée talked about meeting Buster Keaton at the Nettlefold Studios – does anyone know the production he would have been working on? Working with David Lean, working on ‘Room With A View’, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘The Buccaneers’ and dear little Spartacus her dog really did steal the show. Colin discussed the last film made at Walton ‘During One Night’ with Susan Hampshire and how he became one of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ (true fact!).

We hope to compile a short programme on the studios including all the interviews later in the year and will appear on Talking Pictures TV.

For those unable to attend we have a variety of limited edition ‘Nettlefold Studios’ bags, mugs and T shirts this month.

Nettlefold Event Images

It’s our Crime Collection Volume 4 release in this newsletter - which includes footage from ’The Boys’ historical reunion and a great selection of crime films to keep you entertained, some club specials you won’t want to miss, a brilliant book on Edgar Wallace this month and finally all the details are now confirmed for our Ealing Film Locations Tour with Reel Streets, on the wonderful original Routemaster Bus!! Sunday 23rd September, the meeting point is now Osterley Park & House for drop off, pick up and lunch and your ticket price includes a Tour of the House and Gardens to be used either before your bus tour (if you are on the PM departure or after if you are on the AM departure.) Tickets are selling fast and the beautiful Routemaster will make this a ‘do not miss event’.

Order your tickets here

Some great premieres on Talking Pictures TV this month and next, very excited to be bringing you all “The Gentle Touch” and some rarely seen films including ‘It’s Trad Dad’ and ‘Idol on Parade.’

Finally due to an increase in duplication costs ALL our box sets will soon be rising to £20, so please do top up your collections for those still priced at £15 while you still can.

As ever, many thanks for your support.

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Renown Pictures New DVD Box Set Release:

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

Renown Pictures are delighted to present THE CRIME COLLECTION: VOLUME 4. No less than 8 marvellous crime films with some terrific bonus features in this 3 DVD box set!

THE BOYS (1962) Directed by Sidney J Furie and starring some of the finest British actors of the sixties headed by Richard Todd, Robert Morley, Jess Conrad, Dudley Sutton, Tony Garnett and Ronald Lacey. When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, four young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same incidents that led up to the crime. After re-examining the suspects' statements, the prosecuting counsel finally learns the truth. As a special BONUS FEATURE, the collection includes THE BOYS REUNION (2017) Talking Pictures TV reunited Dudley Sutton, Tony Garnett and Jess Conrad OBE, for the very first time since the film was made to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the release of the film. In conversation with Morris Bright “The Boys” reminisce about making the iconic film, their fellow cast members and the importance of the film at that time, in the changing society of the sixties, and how they feel today about the film still attracting audiences on TV and DVD viewings, after 55 years. The highlights of the event are presented in this exclusive programme for the very first time on DVD. As a second BONUS FEATURE, we include the ‘lost’ Pressbook and some of the original publicity shots from the film, to complete this fine salute to a truly remarkable British film of sixties cinema. The collection continues with MYSTERIOUS MR NICHOLSON (1947) Directed by Oswald Mitchell. Stars: Anthony Hulme, Lesley Osmond, Frank Hawkins, Andrew Laurence, Douglas Stewart and George Bishop. A change in a will, a murder and a mysterious letter. The police look to a former cat burglar to aid them in this strange investigation in this crime thriller full of intrigue, false accusation and murder, made at Bushey Studios for Ambassador Film Productions. THE VOICE OF MERRILL (1952) Directed by John Gilling. Stars Valerie Hobson, Edward Underdown, James Robertson Justice, Henry Kendall, Gary Marsh and Sam Kydd. The story of four people directly and indirectly involved with the murder of a female blackmailer. The suspects are the girl's publisher employer; an up-and-coming writer, a brilliant established writer and his wife. Made at Southall Studios, Middlesex. OPERATION DIPLOMAT (1953) Directed by John Guillermin. Stars: Guy Rolfe, Lisa Daniely, Patricia Dainton and Sydney Tafler. Dr Fenton, a surgeon operating on an unknown patient, discovers he is involved in the kidnapping of a British diplomat. When his personal secretary is murdered for revealing the patient's identity, the police are called in. The film is introduced by Patricia Dainton in an interview about her time on the film as a bonus extra! Made at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames. PORT OF ESCAPE (1956) Directed by Anthony Young. Stars: Googie Withers, John McCallum, Bill Kerr and Joan Hickson. Two sailors dock in London in search of a good time during their short stint on land. But when one of them fatally stabs a man during a scuffle in a bar, the pair flee the scene, commandeer a boat and take the three women on board hostage as they try to outrun the law. Made at National Studios, Elstree. BLIND SPOT (1958) Directed by Peter Maxwell. Stars: Robert MacKenzie, Delphi Lawrence, Gordon Jackson, Anne Sharp, John Le Mesurier, George Pastell and Ernest Clark. A former Army officer regains his vision and hunts smugglers who framed him when he was blind. This film also boasts an early screen appearance from Michael Caine and an uncredited role as a garage mechanic for Arthur Lowe, who would later find fame as Captain Mainwaring in the sitcom Dad’s Army. Filmed at the Majestic Hotel, Kensington and at Walton Studios. LADY OF DECEIT (1947) aka Born to Kill. Directed by Robert Wise. Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry, Audrey Long and Elisha Cook Jr. A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hot-headed murderer romancing her foster sister. CHECKMATE (1935) Directed by George Pearson. Stars: Maurice Evans, Evelyn Foster, Sally Gray, Felix Aylmer and Donald Wolfit. Based on the novel by Amy Kennedy Gould, the film tells the tale of Inspector Smith, a detective from Scotland Yard, who gets more than he bargained for with a gang of London jewel thieves, when he becomes involved with the daughter of the gangs leader. This British “quota quickie” was shot at the British and Dominion Studios, Elstree. This fabulous box set is a steal at our price of just £20, so do yourself a favour and grab a copy now!

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New Release 9 DVD Box Set
RRP £79.99 Our Price £45 with free UK Postage and Packing

A brand new 9-disc box set celebrating the 60th anniversary of Woodfall Films. Includes eight iconic films (many newly restored for the very first time) that revolutionised British cinema and launched the careers of the likes of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Ray Brooks and Rita Tushingham. LOOK BACK IN ANGER (1959) Stars: Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. THE ENTERTAINER (1960) Stars: Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice, a star on the music hall circuit, but, in the television age, his act and his life is falling apart. SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (1960) Stars: Albert Finney and Rachel Roberts. Arthur works in a mindless haze, but his weekends are problematic due to his love affairs and alcohol. A TASTE OF HONEY (1961) Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin. A pregnant teenage girl finds support in a male friend when her mother wants to remarry. THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (1962) Stars: Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave. A rebellious teenager enjoys running as an escape from his harsh reality. TOM JONES (1963) Stars: Albert Finney and Susannah York. The romantic and chivalrous adventures of Tom Jones in 18th century England. GIRL WITH GREEN EYES (1964) Stars: Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave and Peter Finch. Innocent Kate Brady leaves her family home and heads for Dublin, where she meets an older man and falls in love with him. THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT (1965) Stars: Rita Tushingham, Michael Crawford and Ray Brooks. Cool and sophisticated Tolen has a monopoly on womanising, while the naive Colin desperately wants a piece of it. Ground-breaking films at a superb price!

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BOTH DVD RELEASES for £25 with free UK P&P

TOP OF THE FORM (1953) comedy

Hilarious 1950’s comedy of an underperforming public school directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley, Melvyn Hayes and Ronnie Corbett. Fortescue is a fake ‘Professor’ trying unsuccessfully to sell his system for picking racehorse winners. When by chance, he succeeds he is chased by the local bookmakers. Attempting to escape, Fortescue stumbles into Bagshot Boys College and despite his lack of formal education, accepts the role of Professor of an unruly bunch of boys. When the boys cheat in an exam and win a trip to Paris, Fortescue has to maintain control as they all head to France. His task becomes more difficult when the brother of one of the boys joins the trip to steal the famous Marie Antoinette necklace, and the trip quickly descends into hilarious chaos. A superb ensemble cast includes, Richard Wattis, Alfie Bass and Harry Fowler.

THE FIRE RAISERS (1934) thriller drama

Superbly crafted thriller brilliantly directed by Michael Powell and starring Leslie Banks, George Merritt, Carol Goodner and Anne Gray. Jim Bronton is an insurance agent who helps his clients maximise their fire insurance claims. When Bronton gets a tip off that the Sonners warehouse is ablaze he quickly gets to the scene and recovers the company's books from the burning building. When Bronton realises Sonners has committed arson he blackmails Sonners into letting him represent his case, Bronton makes a killing on the claim. The dubious activities however bring his business to the attention of the Lloyds insurance brokers who he continues to outsmart. When he marries the daughter of a Lloyd’s broker with expensive tastes he is forced to consider a dangerous proposal that could end in tragedy.

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DIANA DORS - THE COLLECTION Diana Dors was adored by the British public. A star of the silver screen for nearly 40 years. This 7-DVD collection showcases six of the films that made Diana Dors one of Britain's most popular female idols and rocketed her to stardom. The films are; YIELD TO THE NIGHT (1956), LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN (1951), A BOY, A GIRL AND A BIKE (1949), AS LONG AS THEY’RE HAPPY (1955), DIAMOND CITY (1949) and A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS (1955). A special bonus disc with this collection features THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL, a superb dramatisation of the life and career of Diana Dors, which was originally broadcast in 1999.

RRP £59.00   Our Price £20 with FREE UK P&P

THE ARTHUR ASKEY COLLECTION Arthur Askey, the quintessential British comedy genius is regarded as one of the most inventive comedy performers ever to come out of Britain. Presented in this newly-repackaged 6 DVD box set, this range of comedy classics demonstrates how 'big-hearted Arthur' paved the way for many of the innovative comic performers we know and love today. The hilarious comedies on this collection are; BACK-ROOM BOY (1942), BEES IN PARADISE (1944), KING ARTHUR WAS A GENTLEMAN (1942), MISS LONDON LTD (1943), I THANK YOU (1941) and BAND WAGGON (1940) with his great friend Richard “Stinker” Murdoch.

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THE DAVID LEAN CENTENARY COLLECTION This magnificent 10 DVD box set is a true celebration of some of David Lean’s finest screen masterpieces. Whether it was Pip rushing straight into Magwitch or Hobson pursuing the moon in a puddle, Lean managed to amuse, move and excite his audience. The DVD set contains; The Sound Barrier (1952), Hobson's Choice (1954), Blithe Spirit (1945), Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), Madeleine (1950), The Passionate Friends (1949), This Happy Breed (1944) and In Which We Serve (1942). All the films have been beautifully remastered with full picture and sound restorations.

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THE JOHN MILLS CENTENARY COLLECTION British cinema icon John Mills is celebrated in this 7 DVD box set which comprises of 8 films from 1942-1961, plus a collector guide and bonus 1hr documentary ‘Moving Memories’ narrated by Mills and both written and produced by his son Jonathan Mills. The films on this collection are; The History of Mr Polly (1949), Great Expectations (1946), The October Man (1947), Waterloo Road (1945), In Which We Serve (1945), We Dive At Dawn (1943), Flame in the Street (1961) and Morning Departure (1950). This set gives a true perspective of the actor's great versatility and studied flair for drama and comedy.

RRP £49.00   Our Price £25 with FREE UK P&P

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

THE KNACK (1965) Director: Richard Lester

Stars: Ray Brooks, Rita Tushingham & Michael Crawford. Cool and sophisticated Tolen has a monopoly on womanising- with a long line of conquests to prove it- while the naïve and awkward Colin desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl, it's not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? From Richard Lester, the director of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) comes this inventive and hilarious romp through love and sex in 1960s London. Plus many bonus features.

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (1961) Director: William Wyler

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine & James Garner. Based on Lillian Hellman’s ground-breaking 1934 play (inspired by a true story of two Scottish teachers in 1809), The Children's Hour stars Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine as best friends who run an exclusive girls’ school. When a disruptive pupil starts a rumour that the pair are in a lesbian relationship, there are serious repercussions for everyone. The Children’s Hour was nominated for five Oscars and is a forceful examination of the power of malice and rumour in an intolerant society. Plus many extras.

JUBILEE (1978) Director: Derek Jarman

The mythological past and bleak future converge on the sparse grey streets of London in this cult classic of the punk era. Director Derek Jarman doesn’t spare the shocks, while electrifying punk rock numbers are delivered by Jayne County and Adam Ant. Special features include new interviews with punk icon Jordan (who appeared in the film) and Jarman’s friend and collaborator Lee Drysdale, and more. With many extras this presentation is a 2K remaster from the original camera negatives.


THE COMEDY COLLECTION VOL: 1 – 9 films £15!!

All in Good Fun (1955), Inn for Trouble (1960), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Two On The Tiles (1951), And the Same to You (1960), Carry On Admiral (1957), Crazy Days (1962), Demobbed (1944) & Lifetime of Comedy (1960) + bonuses

THE COMEDY COLLECTION VOL: 2 – 9 films £15!!

The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959), The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn (1956), What a Whopper (1960), The Butler’s Dilemma (1943), Gert & Daisy Clean Up (1942), Tons of Trouble (1956), Gert & Daisy’s Weekend (1942) & Your Money or Your Wife (1960) + bonus


The Flaw (1955), Stock Car (1955), Born of the Sea (1949), Last Journey (1935), Danger Lights (1930), The Shipbuilders (1943), Minesweeper (1943), Bush Pilot (1947), Black Rider (1954), Streamline Express (1935), Calling All Cars (1954), Night Ride (1937), River Beat (1954), There is Another Sun (1951) + 2 ‘Glimpses’ shorts.


Behemoth the Sea Monster (1959), Woman Eater (1958), Beast from Haunted Cave (1959), Gorgo (1961), Monster from Green Hell (1957), Giant Gila Monster (1959), Crater Lake Monster (1977), Killer Shrews (1959) & Strange World of Planet X (1958) + bonuses


Old Mother Riley (1937), Old Mother Riley MP (1939), In Paris (1938), New Venture (1949), Meets the Vampire (1952), Headmistress (1950), Jungle Treasure (1951), Bridget’s Night Out (1936) + bonus documentary.

TELL ME ANOTHER – SERIES 1 & 2 * Star Buy* £15!!

The complete series 1 & 2 of this star studded legendary show. Reg Varney, Max Wall, Norman Wisdom, Peggy Mount, Yootha Joyce, Ted Ray, Diana Dors and many more!


11 films from the 1930s inc: A Demon for Trouble (1934), The Cactus Kid (1935), In Old Montana (1935), Desert Mesa (1935) Fighting Caballero (1935) Law & Order (1936) + 5 more films and bonuses.

REEL LOVE STORIES – 10 films £15!!

A Tale of Five Cities (1951), Peg Of Old Drury (1935), A Woman Alone (1936), A Society Sensation (1918), The Hills Of Donegal (1947), Love in High Gear (1932), Those People Next Door (1953), The Wedding of Lilli Marlene (1953), Marilyn (1953) & A Yank in Ermine (1955).


– 9 films £15!!

The House in Marsh Road (1960), The Trollenberg Terror (1958), Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956), Tread Softly (1952), Blood of the Vampire (1958), Fall of the House of Usher (1950), The Monkey’s Paw (1948), Crow Hollow (1952) & Curse of the Wraydons (1946).

50s & 60s FILMS WITH A BEAT – 8 films £15!!

Live It Up! (1962), Every Day’s a Holiday (1964), The Primitives (1962), Be My Guest (1965), Dateline Diamonds (1965), The Golden Disc (1958) & Band of Thieves (1962) + bonus feature.

THE CRIME COLLECTION VOL: 1 – 10 films £15!!

A Gunman Has Escaped (1948), Boy With a Flute (1964), Death Goes to School (1953), King of the Underworld (1952), Black Memory (1947), Murder at 3am (1953), The Challenge (1960), Passport to Treason (1956), The Price of Silence (1959) & The Secret Man (1958).

THE CRIME COLLECTION VOL:2 – 10 films £15!!

Passenger to London (1937), The Body Vanished (1939), The Riverside Murder (1935), Vengeance is Mine (1949), Impulse (1954), Crosstrap (1962), Smart Alec (1951), Third Alibi (1961), Jackpot (1960) & Quiet Woman (1951) + bonus features.

THE CRIME COLLECTION VOL: 3- 10 films £15!!

Blackout (1950), Johnny on the Spot (1954), 13 East Street (1952), Mystery at Monstein (1954), Web of Evidence (1959), When London Sleeps (1932), The Lost Hours (1952), The Passing Stranger (1954), The Hostage (1956) & The End of the Line (1957).


Glimpses of the 1940s and 1950s: A selection of Glimpses from the Nostalgic Hit Series on 3 DVDs.


HONEY WEST – THE COMPLETE SERIES – 30 Episodes £15!! All 30 episodes of the series ever made + bonus episode of Burke’s Law showing the first appearance of Honey West, before the series was made.


All five full length films from the 70s Sci-fi series. The films are; Starlost: The Beginning, Starlost: The Return, Starlost: Deception, Starlost: The Alien Oro and Starlost: The Invasion.

VINTAGE SCI-FI COLLECTION Vol 1 – 9 films £15!!

Once in a New Moon (1935), The Night Caller (1965), Phantom From Space (1953), Target Earth (1954), Stranger From Venus (1954), The alien Factor (1978), Captive (1980), PSI Factor (1980), The Dream Doctor (1936) & Dr Cyclops (1940 Castle Films Digest version).

HARDBACK BOOK Offer: £20 with free postage
Stranger Than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace

“A fascinating book which we wholeheartedly recommend.” The Oxford Times

British author, journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark, is a regular writer of articles for newspapers and journals throughout the world. His work has encompassed sport, history, politics, culture and film. As a long standing Edgar Wallace enthusiast he was Chair/Organiser of the Wallace Society in 1993/4. His latest hardback 256 page book looks at the man many know purely from his books, the cinema and television adaptations and the famous opening revolving “bust” on the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, currently showing on Talking Pictures TV.

“He was the author of over 170 books, translated into more than thirty languages. More films were made from his books than any other twentieth-century writer, and in the 1920s a quarter of all books read in England were written by him. Edgar Wallace, the illegitimate son of a travelling actress, rose from poverty in Victorian England to become the most popular author in the world and a global celebrity of his age. He scooped the signing of the Boer War peace treaty when working as a war correspondent, before achieving success as a film director and playwright. At the height of his success, he was earning a vast fortune, but the money went out as fast as it came in. Famous for his thrillers, with their fantastic plots, in many ways Wallace did not write his most exciting story: he lived it. ‘It is impossible not to be thrilled by Edgar Wallace’, said the blurb on Wallace’s books. Indeed, it is impossible not to be thrilled by his rags-to-riches story, told here in Stranger than Fiction.”

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