Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hoping you are all well and enjoying a Lyons Maid or two on the hotter days while watching Talking Pictures TV – your own personal trip to the flicks every day and no fleas! This month we bring you a wonderful new DVD Box set from Renown Pictures – The Comedy Collection Volume 3! We thought it was time we all had a jolly good laugh and with 11 films over 3 discs, starring some of the greatest British character actors you will see, it’s an absolute bargain at £20 for all 3 discs with free UK postage. Titles include: A Hole Lot of Trouble with Arthur Lowe, Victor Maddern and Bill Maynard; A Touch of the Sun with Frankie Howerd, Ruby Murray and Alfie Bass; once lost British comedy Just William’s Luck, fully restored to its former glory; Come Back Peter, with Patrick Holt and Charles Lamb, also once lost and never before released on DVD, as well as Where There’s A Will with George Cole and Kathleen Harrison, plus many more! There’s an extra special deal on our Comedy Collection Volumes 1 and 2 as well.
Every Home Should Have One! We are delighted with our new merchandise product this month – it’s a really stunning cushion cover – the talk of the sofa – printed with film quotes from some of your favourites on TPTV, many suggested by viewers. The perfect gift for any film lover! There are also a few of our limited edition TPTV enamel lapel badges left, so get yours quick!
We are busy restoring some fascinating pieces of Transport History at the moment, for next month’s new Transport Collection, perfect for fans of the Ford 8 or the Austin 7, or planes or boats and trains! Noel has uncovered some intriguing footage and we are busy cleaning them and transferring as I write. The transfer room has been as busy as ever and along with some unseen films and series from many archives this month, there are also a lot of new ‘glimpses’ and shorts, so do keep your eyes peeled for the TV listings. Coming soon: Enemy at the Door, on Sunday 6th Sept at 9pm, a must for all those whose heart is in the Channel Islands. Also look out for The Punch & Judy Man with Tony Hancock, the film version of The Likely Lads, The Big Operator with Mickey Rooney, Steve McQueen in Never Love a Stranger, and Dick Emery in Ooh… You Are Awful! plus several more new series including The Mind of Mr J.G. Reeder and The Brack Report.
Finally, we remember John Saxon who starred in The Night Caller; Julian Curry who played Claude Erskine-Browne in Rumpole of the Bailey and, of course, Dame Olivia de Havilland, who all recently passed away. It is so important to keep these stars on our screens for generations to come.
Stay tuned folks and please, do keep on spreading the word, it’s been wonderful to see what a comfort we have been to so many in these difficult times; please do spread the word to neighbours, friends and any groups you belong to! It’s so very important, but particularly now.
Wishing you all the best, Sarah, Noel, and Neill
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Exclusive New From Renown
3 DVD Box Set
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
Running Time: 678 minutes on 3 DVDs with optional subtitles
Disc One 221 min
Come Back Peter (1952) A charming comedy, directed by Charles Saunders and starring Patrick Holt, Charles Lamb, Peter Hammond, Humphrey Lestocq, Kathleen Boutall, Pamela Bygrave, Aud Johansen, Dorothy Primrose, Doris Groves, Joan Hickson. Chaos reigns when relatives come to stay in a country house.
Boys will be Girls (1937) The story of a man who has to give up drinking, smoking and wild women in order to inherit a legacy. Directed by Gilbert Pratt, it stars Leslie Fuller with Nellie Wallace, Greta Gynt, Georgie Harris, Judy Kelly, D.J. Williams, Toni Edgar-Bruce, Constance Godridge, Syd Crossley and Syd Courtenay.
A Hole Lot of Trouble (1969) A group of workmen try to dig in this delightful comedy, directed by Francis A Searle. Stars: Arthur Lowe, Victor Maddern, Bill Maynard and Tim Barrett. Also features: Ken Parry, Leslie Dwyer, Benny Lee, Brian Weske, Neal Arden, Jack Chissick, Hazel Coppen, Michael Sharvell-Martin, Georgina Simpson, Hani Borelle.
A Night of Magic (1944) Once lost British musical comedy directed by Herbert Wynne. Stars: Robert Griffith, Gerald Pring, Billy ‘Uke’ Scott, Marian Olive and Elsa Tee. A man discovers an ancient Egyptian princess alive inside a sarcophagus.
Disc Two 230 min
A Touch of The Sun (1956) At a swanky London hotel, if you need anything, just ask for ‘Mr. Fix-it’, aka Mr Darling, the hotel porter. British comedy, directed byGordon Parry and starring Frankie Howerd, Ruby Murray, Alfie Bass, Dennis Price, Gordon Harker, Richard Wattis, Miriam Karlin and Esma Cannon.
Under A Cloud (1937) British comedy directed by George King. A man returns from Australia after 20 years to his estranged family. Stars: Edward Rigby, Betty Ann Davies, Hilda Bayley, Bernard Clifton, Moira Reed, Peter Gawthorne.
Just William’s Luck (1948) This once lost British comedy is now fully restored to its former glory. Directed by Val Guest it stars: William Graham, Garry Marsh and Jane Welsh and was based on the popular books by Richmal Crompton, who was so impressed by it that she wrote a novel based on the film. William investigates a haunted house, aided and abetted by his gang, “The Outlaws”. Stars: Hugh Cross, Kathleen Stuart, Leslie Bradley, Hy Hazell, Patricia Cutts, Joan Hickson, Anne Marie, Michael Medwin, John Martell, Ivan Craig.
Disc Three 227 min
It’s a Wonderful World (1956) A musical comedy written and directed by Val Guest. Stars: Terence Morgan, George Cole, Kathleen Harrison, Mylène Demongeot. Includes rare footage of Ted Heath and his Orchestra. Also features: Dennis Lotis, James Hayter, Harold Lang, Maurice Kaufmann, Richard Wattis, Sam Kydd , Shirley Anne Field and Jon Pertwee.
Pick a Star AKA Movie Struck (1937) American musical comedy film in which a young country girl comes to Hollywood and achieves movie stardom. Starring Rosina Lawrence, Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly and Mischa Auer. Includes scenes with Laurel & Hardy and also features Lyda Roberti, Charles Halton, Tom Dugan, Russell Hicks, Cully Richards, Spencer Charters.
Where There’s A Will (1955) Directed by Vernon Sewell, starring George Cole, Kathleen Harrison and Leslie Dwyer. A cockney family inherit a ramshackle farm and decide to make a go of it. Also features: Ann Hanslip, Michael Shepley, Dandy Nichols, Thelma Ruby, Norman MacOwan, Philip Ray, Hugh Morton, Edward Lexy, Edward Woodward, Sam Kydd.