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The high-society Howard household is in for a suprise when it hires the multi-talented Richard (Michael Wilding) as a servant. Not only does he possess a perfect aristocratic style, he also plays boogie-woogie piano and sports an old Etonian tie. What is his secret? How can such a perfect exemplar of upper-class elegance have ended up working in service? A smitten Judy Howard (Anna Neagle) determines to find out.
Allan Moyle directs this cult 1980s tale of teenage rebellion on the streets of New York. Nicky (Robin Johnson), a punk rock wannabe with an attitude to match, and Pamela (Trini Alvarado), the lost and lonely child of a rich but distant father, meet in a New York mental institute. Despite the vast contrast in their personalities and upbringings, the two girls click and hatch a plan to escape. While on the run the pair duly indulge in punk rock excess, forming a band, The Sleez Sisters, and earning the attention of DJ Johnny DeGuardia (Tim Curry). With fame and a better life beckoning, can the girls stay true to themselves and each other?
Orson Welles directed and starred in this version of Shakespeare's famous tragedy. Filmed on a shoestring budget over two years, Welles strips the famous tale of sexual jealousy and betrayal down to its essentials, casting himself as the tragic Moor. Winner of the 1952 Best Picture Award at Cannes.
Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast - and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time!
A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian.
In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster - which proves no small task, indeed!
Fall under the spell of Darby O' Gill And The Little People for a fun-filled evening of magic, mirth and nonstop shenanigans.
Collection of films starring Doris Day. In 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies' (1960) Day stars as housewife Kate McKay, who moves out of New York to the suburbs with her husband Larry (David Niven) and their four sons. However, when Kate finds out Larry has been keeping up a partying lifestyle in the city and has been seen out with Broadway star Deborah Vaughan (Janis Paige), she begins to suspect he is up to no good. In the lighthearted musical 'Calamity Jane' (1953), Day stars as the famous female sharpshooter who would rather hit targets than chase men - until she falls for 'Wild Bill' Hickok (Howard Keel), who would rather shoot Indians than chase after a tomboy like Calamity Jane. The film features the Oscar-winning song 'Secret Love'. In 'The Glass Bottom Boat' (1966) Bruce Templeton (Rod Taylor) is the boss of a research lab who hires the object of his affections, Jennifer Nelson (Day), to be his biographer in an effort to get close to her. Things don't work out as Bruce plans when his friend General Wallace Bleeker (Edward Andrews) tells him that he suspects Jennifer of being a Russian spy. In 'Young Man With a Horn' (1950) Kirk Douglas stars as trumpet player Rick Martin. Rick takes his music very seriously and becomes a star but soon he finds himself in trouble as a result of his passion for jazz, his fiery temper and getting mixed up with singer Jo Jordan (Day) and her friend Amy North (Lauren Bacall). 'Love Me Or Leave Me' (1955) tells the story of singer Ruth Etting (Day) who rose to fame as a movie star in the 1920s. Unfortunately her success was not just down to her talent as she was involved with notorious mobster Marty Sydney (James Cagney) who helped make her famous but made her life miserable. In 'Billy Rose's Jumbo' (1962) Day stars as Kitty Wonder, a girl who runs a circus with her father, Pop (Jimmy Durante). Their business is in dire trouble due to Pop's gambling and they soon begin to lose most of their acts to a rival circus run by John Noble (Dean Jagger). Kitty and Pop still have their star attraction, Jumbo the elephant, and a new wire walker named Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) who Kitty takes a shine to. Sam, however, is not who he appears to be...
Blockbuster film covering Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of both the Japanese and the Americans, it draws upon the talents of four different directors - including Richard Fleischer ('The Boston Strangler') and Kinji Fukasuki ('Battle Royale') - and at a cost of 25 million dollars, was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
An episodic tale of an average working class family in the war years.
Directed by David Lean, the story traces the melodrama caused by illicit affairs, family bereavement, the first ripples of women's liberation and political instability in the country during the General Strike.
It highlights the fact that these internal wranglings are all happening in one house in an average street, and that each average house has its own dramatic stories to tell. Adapted from Noel Coward's stage play.
When a struggling British Earl (Grant) opens his manor to the public, what he wants is some badly needed money... what he gets is a handsome American millionaire (Mitchum) who sweeps the Earl's gorgeous wife off her feet.
Encouraged by his wife's chatterbox best friend (Simmons), the jealous Earl challenges his Yank rival to a duel. The romantic royal is fighting for love and honor, but he could lose something more - his life!
In black & white.
Kindly note: Due to the the transfer from film to DVD, the picture and sound quality of this film may have deteriorated.
In the late 17th century, Captain Vallo, his trusty mute partner Ojo and his crew of nefarious pirates scour the Caribbean searching for ships to plunder. This light hearted action romp has everything you would expect from a pirate film; scurvy men, a big pirate vessel, swordfights and a damsel in distress!
A naive, wealthy small-town girl, bored with her routine life, falls for a dashing con artist who has come looking for fresh marks to swindle.
He soon charms her into faking her prominent father's name on a letter of endorsement, which he presents to the other local merchants. They willingly give him all sorts of goodies and he prepares his escape, but not before conning the girl into becoming his wife.
It has always been recognized as one of Charles Dickens' literary masterworks, but this Bleak House is now fast-moving, daring, gripping television. Here is the murder mystery, the love story, the comic genius and the tantalising scandal of the novel but, stripped of its sentimentality, we find ourselves swept along by a pulsating and edgy drama.
Out of an interminable court case spin three young people each searching for their place in the world. Their story moves fast - swirling through an incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers to ruthless layers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd, relentless detective - until the final thrilling climax.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' (1939), Professor Moriarity (George Zucco) has come up with a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a flute player to murder a girl. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon' (1943), Holmes travels to Switzerland to rescue the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London, however, it turns out that the inventor is not all that he seemed...
David Lynch directs this cult 1980s classic starring Dennis Hopper and Kyle MacLachlan. When college student Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) returns home to look after his dad's store while he's in hospital, a short stroll through a seemingly peaceful field sees him stumbling upon a severed ear. As Jeffrey reports the crime to the police he finds himself being sucked into a world of murder, voyeurism and sado-masochism.
Box set containing five classic movies from popular filmmaker Billy Wilder. In 'Avanti!' (1972), Jack Lemmon stars as American executive Wendell Armbuster. On travelling to Italy to recover his father's body after a car accident, Wendell soon becomes tied up in endless red tape, and is shocked to discover that his father had a mistress, who also died in the car crash. The mistress' daughter, Pamela Piggott (Juliet Mills), arrives in Italy to collect her mother's body, and she and Wendell embark on a series of misadventures both comic and romantic. In 'Irma La Douce' (1963), Nestor (Lemmon) is a bumbling Parisian policeman who manages to get the sack after raiding a house of ill repute at which his boss is in attendance. Looking for work, he is taken on by streetwalker Irma La Douce (Shirley Maclaine) as her business manager, and soon finds himself falling in love with her. Determined to keep Irma faithful, Nestor disguises himself as an elderly English lord and becomes her sole client. All goes well, until Irma confesses her love to Nestor - not for him, but for his aged alter ego! In 'Kiss Me, Stupid' (1964), Dean Martin plays a sex-crazed singer who feigns a professional interest in an amateur songwriter, so that he can pursue a romantic interest in the latter's wife. However, the deceit does not all lay on Martin's side, and there follows a tangled web of bluff and double bluff, as the characters strive to work out who is fooling who. In 'One, Two, Three' (1961), C.R. MacNamara (James Cagney), an ambitious Berlin-based executive for an American cola company, sees his chances for advancement go up in smoke when his boss' daughter (Pamela Tiffin) comes on holiday to Berlin and ends up marrying a fierce young communist (Horst Buchholz). With the boss due to visit in a few days time, MacNamara sets to work, juggling angry Russians, officious Germans, and his own increasingly-exasperated wife, as he tries to put matters right. Finally, in 'Some Like it Hot' (1959), unemployed musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) go on the run after witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Pursued by gangsters, the duo are forced to disguise themselves as women and join Sweet Sue's all-girl band on the next train for Florida. Joe is attracted to Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), the band's singer, while Jerry finds himself pursued enthusiastically by millionaire Osgood E. Fielding III (Joe E. Brown). Comic complications ensue.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944), a strange female villain is discovered to be behind a series of deaths wherein the victims are driven to suicide after being bitten by poisonous spiders, Holmes finds it easier to move around undetected. But Spedding may be a true match for him... The film climaxes with the famous scene of Holmes tied up and gagged behind a target in a shooting gallery, with Watson aiming a loaded pistol at it. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Pearl of Death (1944), the famous Borgia pearl is stolen from a courier aboard a channel ferry, and the thief enlists the help of a clergyman to smuggle the gem through customs. Naturally, the clergyman turns out to be Holmes in disguise, and he returns the pearl to its rightful owner. However, it is promptly stolen again by the arch criminal Giles Conover (Miles Mander). Holmes must retrieve the pearl yet again - but first he has to overcome Conover's formidable associate, 'The Creeper'.
Double-bill of classic espionage action, starring Richard Johnson as British adventurer Bulldog Drummond. In 'Deadlier Than the Male' (1966), when a group of seductively beautiful women start committing a series of political assassinations, Bulldog Drummond is called in to investigate. Before long Drummond has determined that his old rival Carl Petersen (Nigel Green) is responsible, and the scene is set for a taut confrontation in Petersen's isloated castle. 'Some Girls Do' (1969) sees Drummond trying to track down Petersen (James Villiers) before he can destroy a top-secret experimental fighter aircraft being tested by the British military. What Drummond hasn't reckoned with are Petersen's gang of deadly female androids who will stop at nothing to protect their master.
Samuel Fuller directs this classic film noir thriller starring Richard Widmark as Skip McCoy, a solitary pickpocket who has just been released from prison. On the subway he steals a handbag belonging to Candy (Jean Peters), a beautiful young woman who is unwittingly carrying US government secrets for underground communists. Candy's communist ex-boyfriend Joey (Richard Kiley), who planted the package on her, and the FBI, who have been keeping Candy under surveillance, are both desperate to retrieve the package, and it isn't long before they track Skip down. Skip, hard-nosed and unrepenting, begins to play the two parties off against each other and negotiate for a pay-off. But in the meantime he is becoming involved with Candy, and he slowly comes to realise that some things are worth more than his own personal gain.
Charlie Chaplin's silent classic features him as a hapless pan-handler drawn to Klondike in the famous gold rush of 1898. Pursued by thuggish prospectors and falling hopelessly in love, the Little Tramp runs through a number of classic comedy routines, including a Thanksgiving meal consisting of an old boot and laces.
Charlie Chaplin's Tramp finds refuge from the law with the circus and falls in love with the owner's step-daughter. Some of the most famous sequences include chases through a hall of mirrors, and Chaplin trapped in a lion's cage and running along a tightrope with his trousers falling down. This film won a Special Academy Award for Chaplin.
Set in WWI, Dirk Bogarde plays an arrogant soldier assigned to defend Arthur Hamp (Tom Courtenay), a slow-witted private who faces the death penalty for desertion. Initially impatient to have the case over so that he can get back to the war, Bogarde comes to realise that Hamp is innocent, shell-shocked and a little simple. The court martial is unsympathetic; Hamp is sentenced to death, but his fellow soldiers are unwilling to shoot...
Henry Cornelius directs this classic British comedy starring Kenneth More as planning engineer David Webb, who, after approaching his employer about the company's potential conversion to automation, is sent to New York on the HMS Queen Elizabeth to negotiate a loan with a wealthy industrialist.
A classic Hitchcock chiller based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. In Thirties London, unbeknown to his wife Sylvia (Sylvia Sidney), cinema manager Karl Verloc (Oscar Homolka) is acting as a paid saboteur. After Karl's cutting off of London's electricity supply fails to create the havoc his employers hoped for, Karl is charged with delivering a bomb to Piccadilly Circus. However, the police are already on his trail.
A police chief (Eric Portman) stationed in Egypt sets out to crack down on drug traffickers along the frontiers. With his assistant (Laurence Harvey), he attempts to block the smugglers' passage along the notorious Cairo Road route into the country.
Terry Bishop co-writes and directs this classic British crime thriller following Kingsley Beauchamp (Michael Gough), a London fashion designer, who gets himself, and everyone around him, in a muddle after arranging for the theft of some jewellery from his salon.
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