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Welcome to the February 2018 Renown Film Club Newsletter!

Dear Club Members,

Hoping you are all well.

It’s been an interesting month restoring a number films for our Reel Love Stories Collection, most of which have never had a DVD release or seen the light of day. We think you will enjoy a rare chance to see these films on our 3 disc box set. Don’t worry you don’t need a Valentine – these films are perfect for rainy Sunday afternoons and colder evenings, but must be enjoyed with a box of chocolates! I found the dancing scenes in A Woman Alone astounding for a film of the time and wait till you hear Dinah Sheridan sing in The Hills Of Donegal where John Bentley plays a rather nasty character – quite unlike him! Jack Warner plays a great dad in Those People Next Door (and he isn’t a copper either!) I personally loved Anna Neagles performance in Peg of Old Drury. It’s quite a mixed collection but I hope you all enjoy it – once again at the bargain price of £15 for all the films on the 3 disc set with Free UK Postage.

What a wonderful event the Fourth Renown Festival Of Film turned out to be! A packed house filled with stars of British film and supporters from all over the world. The ‘Behind the Scenes’ panel was exceptionally good insight into the life of being ‘back’ in the 1950s and 60s film industry. Renee Glynne, Bobby Warans, Geoff Langley and ‘The Hammer Runners’ all had us in fits with their tales of working on set.

All our stars arrived and gave the best of interviews. Derren Nesbitt was on fine form, Rita Tushingham who looked stunning; gave an extremely interesting Interview with Robert Ross- our dear Brian Murphy was great fun and it was a joy to see his beautiful Hi-De-Hi wife Linda Regan join him on stage. Shirley Anne Field gave some fantastic insights into her career and what a delight to see the fabulous bombshell June Cunningham on stage at her very first appearance. Last but not least Dear Melvyn Hayes was a joy with his interviewer John Hannam (who borrowed Jess Conrad’s jacket(joke)) was charming and prompted Melvyn on highlights of his career from Aint half Hot Mum to Superted and ‘No Trees In the Street’. The response from this event was overwhelming we had a waiting list for almost the same amount of tickets that we sold! Needless to say we are looking for a larger venue.. more about this year’s events in next month’s newsletter.

We are planning a lot more Events - details to follow - and are currently looking at hiring a Route Master for a Studio and Location tour of films from our eras, along with some outdoor cinema style events including Q&A’s of the stars and a 1950s Crime Weekend Convention.

It was lovely to hear Paul O’Grady talk about the Talking Pictures TV channel once again this month on his BBC Radio 2 show, he has been so supportive! Sarah was also invited to talk on the radio with Paul Ross (brother of Jonathan Ross) who are both big fans, do hope some of you caught the interview. Do keep spreading the word folks as it all helps. Included in this newsletter are some selected dates and times for highlights of films coming on the channel this month. Those who have been avid watches of The Big Valley & A Family At War will be delighted to know that Series 3 of A Family At War is coming to Talking Pictures TV on Sunday 11th March at its regular slot of 8pm and Monday 5th March in the afternoon sees the arrival of Series 2 of The Big Valley!

Until next month, many thanks for your continued support.

Best Wishes

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Renown Pictures New DVD Release:

Renown Pictures are delighted to present REEL LOVE STORIES VOLUME 3, with 10 fabulous love themed vintage films in a superb 3 DVD Box Set. The films in this collections are A TALE OF FIVE CITIES (1951) Director: Montgomery Tully. Stars: Bonar Colleano, Barbara Kelly & Anne Vernon. An Englishman is injured during WW2 and suffers from memory loss. After the war he travels to Europe, searching for the women he still remembers in the hope it will fully restore his memory. PEG OF OLD DRURY (1935) Director: Herbert Wilcox. Stars: Anna Neagle, Margaretta Scott and Marie O’Neill in an account of the life and loves of Mistress Peg Woffington, the actress, from her beginnings in Dublin to fame at Drury Lane in the mid-18th Century. A WOMAN ALONE (1936) Director: Eugene Frenke. Stars: Anna Sten, Henry Wilcoxon and Viola Keats. An officer becomes entangled in a love affair with a maid in this previously “lost” British film. A SOCIETY SENSATION (1918) Director: Edmund Mortimer and Paul Powell. Stars: Carmel Myers and Rudolph Valentino. An early silent short on the trials and tribulations of love, when a wealthy society playboy falls in love with a poor fisherman’s daughter. THE HILLS OF DONEGAL (1947) Director: John Argyle. Stars: Dinah Sheridan, James Etherington & Moore Marriott. Eileen Hannay is the star of an operatic society but gives it up to marry Terry O’Keefe (John Bentley). But Terry, we discover is a ne’er do well! This is John Bentley’s first leading role in a long and successful career. LOVE IN HIGH GEAR (1932) Director: Frank R. Strayer. Stars: Harrison Ford, Alberta Vaughn and Tyrell Davis. A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees an opportunity to turn the situation to his advantage. This was the last film of the silent star Harrison Ford. It was also his only Talkie! THOSE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR (1953) Director: John Harlow. Stars: Jack Warner, Charles Victor, Marjorie Rhodes and Anthony Newley. During the war, a titled family, object to their squadron leader son being engaged to the daughter of a working class factory worker. Will love prevail? Written by Zelda Davees, who adapted the script from the play, ‘Wearing the Pants.’ THE WEDDING OF LILLI MARLENE (1953) Director: Arthur Crabtree. Stars: Lisa Daniely, Hugh McDermott, Sydney James and Irene Handl in this war time drama. Lilli has decided she will not marry her true love, the American reporter Steve Moray, until she has become a star! The film was made at Southall Studios and was a sequel to Lilli Marlene (1950). Both Lisa Daniely and Hugh McDermott reprised their roles from the first film. MARILYN (1953) Director: Wolf Rilla. Stars: Maxwell Reed, Sandra Dorne, Leslie Dwyer and Ferdy Mayne. George Saunders is the middle-aged owner of a roadside garage and pub. Trouble is inevitable when his sexy young wife, Marilyn, gets involved with Tom, the new mechanic and they begin to plan the perfect future together. Filmed at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Look out for a cameo appearance from Kenneth Connor as a customer in the roadhouse cafe! The final film in the collection is A YANK IN ERMINE (1955) Director: Gordon Parry. Stars: Peter Thompson and Jon Pertwee with Noelle Middleton, Sid James and Harold Lloyd Jnr. A US airman inherits the Lordship of a village. Learning how much the estate is worth, his fiancé encourages him to go and accept it. But he falls for the daughter in a neighbouring estate, but she is already engaged to be married! The film includes the song ‘Honey, You Can’t Love Two,’ sung by Diana Decker and written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle.

RRP £29.99   CLUB PRICE £15.00 with free UK post and packing.

New & Exclusive Talking Pictures TV Merchandise

The All-Star TPTV Clock

Our fabulous all-new square clock measures 19cm x 19cm and is battery operated. Choose from options (a) TPTV star-montage, (b) the Diana Dors ‘Tread Softly Stranger” scene or (c) the Susan Hampshire ‘During One Night’ scene on the clock face. The mechanism on the rear uses an AA battery and includes a hanging hook for this timely wall display!

Price £20 each with free UK postage

Soft Pouch “His & Hers” Glasses Cases

Our fabulous soft padded cases features Thora Hird or Harry H Corbett from ‘Cover Girl Killer.’ Holds both standard spectacles and large size sunglasses.

Price £10 each
with free UK Postage.

The Vintage Valentines Mug

Sip your favourite beverage from our “loving” ceramic or enamel mug displaying a heart filled with favourite Renown Pictures stars in romantic clinches! Fully dishwasher proof and image guaranteed not to fade or crack. PLEASE SPECIFY CERAMIC or ENAMEL MUG on the ORDER FORM!

£12 with free UK postage.

The Vintage “Couples” Coasters Set

Place your favourite drink on a coaster displaying one of our vintage film scene couples from ‘Tread Softly Stranger,’ ‘The Rough and the Smooth,’ ‘During One Night’ and ‘Marilyn’. The coasters (9cm x 9cm) are tough, wipe clean and built to last!

£10 (set of 4) with free UK postage.

New Release Book Offer:

While actor Ken Farrington has achieved lasting recognition for his roles in three iconic British TV soaps – Coronation Street, Family Affairs and Emmerdale – his sixty-year career has encompassed a great deal more and taken him from the classical stage to the cinema screen, from Shakespeare to Shaw and from Pinter to panto. The son of a builder and decorator from Peckham, he struggled to keep out of trouble at school until he had the great good fortune to meet the English teacher who was to change his life. Michael Croft, the legendary founder of the National Youth Theatre, ignited a passion in young Ken for acting and he never looked back.

Within a year of leaving RADA in 1959 he landed the part of Billy Walker, wayward son of Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker, in Granada TV’s ground-breaking new ‘soap’ Coronation Street. Originally contracted for six months, Ken would find himself returning to the Street off and on for the next 25 years. Meanwhile he continued acting on stage and screen with the likes of Anthony Hopkins, James Caan and Michael Gambon; his long list of TV guest appearances includes The Avengers, The Saint, The Tomorrow People and Danger UXB. For three years he played ruthless businessman Tom King in Emmerdale, his dramatic exit from the series on Christmas Day 2006 being one of the most talked-about in the show’s history.

Hush My Mouth is the autobiography of a man with a reputation for plain speaking, and deals frankly with Ken’s occasionally volatile relationships with his co-stars, his clashes with producers and ‘money men’ and his own personal demons.

Club Price £19.99 with FREE UK Postage & Packing


Starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker & Moira Lister. The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers. Made by Ealing Studios seven years after the Second World War.


Starring Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham and Brian Worth. When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household.


Starring Jack Hawkins and John Gregson. Workers at a British air base find themselves in the thick of the action as their pilots engage incoming German planes.


Starring Richard Attenborough as a young factory worker who decides to stand up against his work-mates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.


Starring Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie. A young man dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant, lying when he feels the need.


Starring Michael Redgrave, Gordon Jackson and Mervyn Johns. A concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.


Starring Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird and James Bolem. After his girlfriend falls pregnant, a young man must adjust to his new married life, which includes a rather domineering mother-in-law.


Starring Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes and Michael Redgrave. Architect Walter Craig goes to Pilgrim's Farm to see a potential client. When he arrives at the house, he gets the feeling that he has been there before.


Starring Margaret Rutherford & Alastair Sim. Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.


Starring Charles Laughton, Brenda de Banzie, John Mills and Prunella Scales. Henry Hobson is a successful businessman, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters who want to marry!


Starring Googie Withers, John McCallum, Edward Chapman Patricia Plunkett and Susan Shaw. An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since remarried and is reluctant to get involved.


Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood & Cecil Parker An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain, but it must be suppressed for economic reasons.


Starring Maggie Smith, George Nader and Bernard Lee. Paul Gregory is sprung from jail by his accomplice after getting a stretch for robbing a woman who falls for his charms…

PAYROLL – digitally restored (1961)

Starring Michael Craig, Billie Whitelaw, Françoise Prévost & Tom Bell. The embittered widow of a slain security guard joins police efforts to apprehend his killers.


Starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles & Wendy Craig. An upper-class man hires a servant who turns out to have a hidden agenda.


Starring Anthony Newley, Robert Stephens & Wilfrid Brambell. A peep-show compere is hunted across his sad, seedy world as he tries to find the money to pay off his debtors, but a young girlfriend turns up to complicate things further.


Starring Nigel Patrick, Ralph Richardson & Ann Todd. A wealthy aircraft manufacturer is stubbornly determined to develop a jet that will travel faster than the speed of sound

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN – digitally restored (1951)

Starring Moira Shearer and Robert Helpmann. A melancholy poet reflects on 3 women he loved and lost; a mechanical doll, a Venetian courtesan and a composers daughter.


Starring Stanley Holloway, John Gregson & Sid James. Volunteers take over their local passenger train service when the government announces its closure.


Starring Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle and Sylvia Syms A married, middle-aged woman is shocked to discover that her husband of 20 years is having an affair with a co-worker, who is anxious that he asks for a divorce….

Audio Book Club Special CD Sets
Three Classic Authors – Three Superb Novels!

MOLL FLANDERS by Daniel Defoe (2 CD Set)

Born and abandoned in Newgate Prison, Moll Flanders is forced to make her own way in life. She duly embarks on a career that includes husband-hunting, incest, bigamy, prostitution and pick-pocketing, until her crimes eventually catch up with her. One of the earliest and most vivid female narrators in the history of the English novel, Mill recounts her adventures with irresistible wit and candour and enough guile that the reader is left uncertain whether she is ultimately a redeemed sinner or a successful opportunist. This abridged version of one of Defoe’s most popular works is read by dramatic film and television actress Rowena Cooper on two audio CDs.

Price £15 with free UK Postage and Packing.

TREASURE ISLAND by Robert L Stevenson (2 CD Set)

The tale is told by an adventurous boy, Jim Hawkins, who gets hold of a treasure map and sets off with an adult crew in search of the buried treasure. Amongst the crew however, is the treacherous Long John Silver who is determined to keep the treasure for himself. Stevenson’s first full length work of fiction brought him immediate fame and continues to captivate readers of all ages. This abridged version is read by the Welsh actor and impressionist entertainer, Roger Blake, on two audio CDs.

Price £15 with free UK Postage and Packing.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James (2 CD Set)

One of the world’s most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on? With its possibly ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique, the story challenges the listener to determine if the unnamed governess is correctly reporting events or is instead an unreliable neurotic with an overheated imagination... This abridged version is read by the actors David Rintoul and Carole Boyd on two audio CDs.

Price £15 with free UK Postage and Packing.


We are delighted to be able to offer our members this new release DVD. THE HORNET’S NEST (1955) is a ripping crime comedy caper and available for the first time on DVD.

The comedy film stars Paul Carpenter, June Thorburn, Marla Landi, Charles Farrell, Alexander Gauge. Christine Silver and Larry Burns. Produced by Guido Coen and Kenneth Shipman and directed by Charles Saunders and made at Twickenham Studios, Middlesex for Kenilworth Film Productions and released by The Rank Organisation.

‘The Hornet's Nest’ is the name of the barge in the film, but it also refers to the trouble these young people inadvertently get themselves into. There's a sort of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ vibe with the lovely elderly ladies watching everything from their windows and just a hint of that kooky, beatnik ethos of the 50s in the dialog and in the Les Paul guitar licks commenting on the action, but mostly the plot runs fairly simply from one end to the other, to deliver a story in a competent and amusing fashion.

Synopsis: In this comedy adventure, a jewel thief hides his latest goods in a deserted barge, but ends up in jail. Enter two young models who then buy the barge and with the help of two little old ladies, find the loot and claim the reward.

RRP £15.99   CLUB PRICE £10 with free UK Postage. If ordering online use code TPTV at the checkout for discount price.


Starring Griffith Jones, Ursula Howells and Honor Blackman.
When wealthy Lucille Ainsworth is found strangled on Hampstead Heath, Detective Inspector Marshall is put on the case. Lucille's husband Robert suspected her of being unfaithful, and had been following her. But he is just one of many suspects with a motive for murder in this thriller.

TUDOR ROSE – Digitally Remastered (1936)

Starring John Mills, Cedric Hardwicke and Nova Pilbeam.
The film recounts the sad story of the nine day queen, Jane Grey, who briefly succeeded her cousin, King Edward VI and the revolt by Mary Tudor against the reluctant queen.
The film is presented on this DVD for the first time in a new digitally remastered edition.


Starring Richard Todd, Marianne Koch and Albert Lieven.
A British colonial police inspector in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river, which leads him to discover a hidden jungle mine and a smuggling operation.
Filmed on location in South Africa, this was the first feature film of British producer Harry Alan Tower


Starring William Sylvester, Marla Landi and Richard Leech.
A bank robbery organised by IRA terrorists seems to have been pulled off successfully. Everything went according to plan, except that the two men left holding the loot fail to show up at the rendezvous after the robbery. Then the body of Steve Lawlor is found…. Quota quickie crime drama.


Starring Andre Morell, Anthony Bushell and Liam Redmond.
Set in London during the early days of the Cold War, this sequel to the 1950 British film "Seven Days to Noon" follows a police chief trying to foil a terrorist plot. When saboteurs threaten to bring down the English economy the job of thwarting the enemy falls on the shoulders of local police officers. Directed by the Boulting Brothers.


Starring Tony Wright, Stephen Boyd, James Robertson Justice.
Kathleen Harrison, Anton Diffring and Anna Gaylor.
Two British escapees from a German POW camp try to hide out in the occupied port city of Marseilles while waiting for a boat back to England and become aware of a Dr Martout for help. But they are unaware he has an association with a serial killer who grows rich from his increasing crimes.


Starring Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott and Susan Strasberg.
A British major is sent to the island of Cyprus to track down a terrorist leader and falls in love with an American archaeologist who is visiting her Cypriot friends. Unbeknownst to her, they are involved in the local terrorist racket.


Starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Nigel Patrick, George Cole, James Hayter and Kenneth More.
When British submarine Trojan sets off a magnetic mine at sea, the stern is obliterated and the vessel sinks to the ocean floor. Inside, a number of the crew are saved by watertight doors, but their air supply won't last forever. Will a rescue happen in time before the air finally runs out?


Starring Peter Finch, Diane Cilento and Anthony Steel. Thirty men and one woman sail from South America to London in 1931. Tensions run high among the superstitious crew because of the presence of a woman passenger and the Captain turns to the bottle when she rebuffs his advances.


Starring Odile Versois, David Kossoff and David Knight
Tim, a US code expert working for intelligence at the American embassy in London, falls in love with the daughter of an Iron Curtain minister. But when Tim's embassy learns of his involvement with Anna, he is labelled a traitor and the couple enacts a dangerous plan to remain together.


Nine films: 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


Nine films: 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


16 films: 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.


Nine films: 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


Eight films: 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.


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


Nine films: 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 - £15.00!!

Eight films: 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.


Ten films: 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).


Ten films: 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.


Ten films: 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.

TELL ME ANOTHER: SERIES 1 & 2 - £15.00!!

The first TWO series from the popular 70s show.

RUNNING SCARED: Insider Tales from the House of Hammer
Phil Campbell with Brian Reynolds.

PRINTED BOOK OFFER: An affectionate look back - as a production runner for Hammer Films - in the early 1970′s as experienced by Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds.
Can you imagine it? Two Jack the lad teenagers who love Hammer Films both get jobs as office boys at Hammer House in Wardour Street in the late sixties. Then one day they are asked by the production accountant Roy Skeggs, ‘How would you like to work down the Studios?’ Between them they acted as runners on The Vampire Lovers, Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Lust for a Vampire, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, On the Buses, Demons of the Mind, Dracula AD 1972, Fear in the Night, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter and That’s Your Funeral. Fun and games as the boys’ hormones rise to epic proportions when confronted by such luvvies as Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Jenny Hanley, Kate O’Mara, Veronica Carlson, Yutte Stensgaard, Valerie Leon, Caroline Munro and Stephanie Beecham.
Phil cheekily explains how he got to watch the Hammer Horrors beat the Double Deckers at football and dance the night away with Scandinavian beauty Yutte Stensgaard at the Lust for a Vampire wrap party. Meanwhile Brian recalls how he attended the Queen’s Award for Industry presentation and luncheon at Pinewood and how he gave Ingrid Pitt a piggy back ride to The Vampire Lovers set on location!
Limited Edition – Signed by both Authors!

Club Price £20 with FREE UK Postage!