Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Happy New Year to all our patrons, here’s to 2021! Welcome to the first newsletter of the new year and a big hello to all the new supporters who have joined us over the last few months. We are so grateful to those who sent us Christmas cards, they were greatly appreciated and such lovely words!
Did anyone spot the recent news about efforts to save the ruin of The National Picture House cinema in Hull, destroyed by German bombs during the Blitz? All 150 people inside watching The Great Dictator survived. Plans are under way to make the ruin safe for children to visit.
This month we bring you a very special DVD release. For the first time ever, the entire series of STAGECOACH WEST is available as a box set with optional subtitles. That’s all 38 episodes, in an 8-DVD Box Set. It’s such a good series, starring Wayne Rogers, Richard Eyer and Robert Bray, with guest stars including James Coburn, DeForest Kelley, Robert Vaughn, Hazel Court, Beverly Garland and James Drury.
Good news for Old Mother Riley fans! We have news of seven ‘lost’ films to be shown on Talking Pictures TV, the first on Friday 22nd January at 7:50am, after an Old Mother Riley documentary.
This month we feature a new book which tells the story of Noël Coward and his involvement with the Actors Orphanage, which he championed and raised money for, bringing joy to the lives of many children.
We are so sad to hear the news of some of our film and TV stars who have recently gone to the great cinema in the sky, including Dame Barbara Windsor, Jeremy Bulloch, Mark Eden, Rosalind Knight and ‘Queen of Hammer’ Barbara Shelley. We will continue to keep their memories alive. This month also marks the centenary of Kathleen Byron, (11 Jan 1921–18 Jan 2009) seen, among many others, in Madness of the Heart, The Small Back Room and, of course, Together.
There are some excellent premieres on Talking Pictures TV over the coming weeks, including Laugh It Off with Tommy Trinder, Peter Sellers in Battle of the Sexes, the 1938 version of Mr Reeder in Room 13; Flanagan & Allen in We’ll Smile Again; Jungle Street with David McCallum and Jill Ireland; The Plank with Eric Sykes, Tommy Cooper and Jimmy Edwards and Calculated Risk, shot in the winter of 1963.
For all you 60+ kids, Saturday Morning Pictures are BACK, starting Saturday 6th February, 9am to 12 midday, features include: Popeye, Zorro’s Black Whip, Children’s Film Foundation: Cup Fever (1965) with George Best, Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton at Manchester United, Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge. Plus The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon and Superman.
Please, stay safe and watch your DVDs and Talking Pictures TV! Until next month, thank you as always for your support – we hope you find something of interest in the following pages, it all helps to keep those projectors whirring!
Best wishes, Sarah, Noel and Neill.
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RENOWN PICTURES EXCLUSIVE
NEW 8-DVD RELEASE
8 DVD box set complete with Optional Subtitles.
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD!
The Complete Series! All 38 episodes
Stagecoach West starred Wayne Rogers, Richard Eyer and Robert Bray, airing from 1960–1961. Filmed in and around the Sierrita Mountains and Old Tucson Arizona, USA, the series portrayed frontier life in the vast landscape that is the hallmark of all good westerns.
With guest stars including: DeForest Kelley, (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek), English actress Hazel Court, Beverly Garland, television’s first policewoman in Decoy, Robert Vaughn, (Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), tough guy James Coburn; James Drury (The Virginian), Spaghetti Western actor Lee Van Cleef and Mary Tyler Moore.
Vincent M. Fennelly produced the series, he was closely involved in the production of western films for Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists. George Blair, Harry Harris, Jr., Donald McDougall and Thomas Carr all directed various episodes.
Veteran film & TV writer D.D. Beauchamp, (Gunsmoke, The Man from the Alamo, Cheyenne, The Virginian), and Mary M. Beauchamp wrote many episodes. Other writers include Bob Barbash, Will C. Brown, Roy Chanslor, Herman Epstein, Kenneth Gamet, Ward Hawkins and Paul King.
Luke Perry and Simon “Sime” Kane are American Civil War veterans who operate a stagecoach line on the American frontier. They share driving duties during stagecoach runs, and Sime’s son Davey often accompanies them on their trips. Based in the frontier town of Outpost in Wyoming, their adventures include murder, robbery, swindles, range wars, hijackings, attacks by renegade soldiers, Indians and Mexican revolutionaries. Other characters include: Dan Murchison, proprietor of the general store in Outpost; Zeke Bonner who operates a way station called The Halfway House; Cal, the clerk in the stagecoach line’s office in the town of Timberline; Hugh Strickland, United States Marshal and Doc Apperson.
Just £30-00 With free UK postage!