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Retired British military officer Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond (Ralph Richardson) is the leader of the 'Black Clan', a secret alliance crusading to free England of crime by expelling foreign undesirables. When World Peace Conference delegate Brunel is assassinated it is up to Drummond and co. to find those responsible. Made in 1934, the film's politics now seem rather dubious as the Black Clan bear more than a passing resemblance to the fascist blackshirts of Oswald Moseley.
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.
A trip to the theatre changes a meek bank clerk's life (George Cole), as he undergoes hypnosis and leaves without being woken up. Suddenly, he believes he is the world's greatest lover and becomes a terrorizing Casanova.
Classic Will Hay comedy. Inept schoomaster William Potts (Hay) is parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he is the spitting image of an enemy master spy. Upon his arrival, Potts is put to work teaching young German spies how to appear authentically British - and is soon employing his own highly unorthodox educational methods!
Star-studded, epic adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel based in Rome during the time of Nero. Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor), a commander in the army, returns to the city and falls in love with a Christian girl called Lygia (Deborah Kerr). However, as he is a pagan, she rejects his suit and refuses to have anything to do with him. Meanwhile, Nero (Peter Ustinov) burns down the city, blames it on the Christians, and prepares to feed them to the lions.
Drama set in Australia at the beginning of the Second World war, based on a true story. Chips Rafferty stars as Dan McAlpine, a salt-of-the-earth cattle herder ordered to kill 1000 head of cattle rather than risk losing them to the Japanese, who are fast approaching Australian shores. However, instead of following orders, McAlpine and his team of drovers decide to herd the cattle on foot some 1600 miles across the outback from the north coast of Australia to Queensland. Baz Luhrmann has cited the film as a major inspiration for his 2008 film 'Australia' starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure tale of a young boy in 19th century India. Despite living on the streets of India, Kim (Dean Stockwell) is actually the son of a British army officer. When his birthright is discovered, he is taken in by the British administration and sent to school. His rebelious nature and his ability to pass as a native Indian eventually lead him to becoming a spy. Kim links up with a lama from his past and a wild adventurer called Mahbub Ali (Errol Flynn) in an attempt to thwart a revolution and stop an invasion of India.
A follow-up to the 1942 hit You'll Never Get Rich, and also the last screen pairing of Astaire and Hayworth.
Hayworth proves once again to be a stunning dancer, especially in "Shorty George" and "I Am Old Fashioned", a sensuous moonlit duet with Astaire that is the high point of the film.
In black & white.
Four classic films starring Frank Sinatra.
Marriage On the Rocks (1965)
None But the Brave (1965) A troop of Japanese soldiers are stranded on an island during World War II. When a plane carrying U.S. servicemen is forced to land there, the Japanese are dismayed at having to share the land with their adversary. But after an American medic helps an injured Japanese serviceman, both groups agree to a truce on one condition: that neither group calls for help.
Some Came Running (1958)
The Tender Trap (1955)
A collection of the British actress's films. In 'Derby Day' (1952), Neagle stars in a collection of comic andf dramatic stories based around the famous horse race at Epsom. In 'I Live In Grosvenor Square' (1945), a WWII romance set around the US troops base in London, Neagle plays Lady Patricia Fairfax, in love with British Major David Bruce (Rex Harrison) until Sergeant John Patterson (Dean Jagger) arrives on the scene. In the musical comedy 'The Lady Is a Square' (1959), Neagle is the straight-laced mother of Joanna Baring (Janette Scott), who falls for young singer Johnny Burns (Frankie Vaughan). In 'The Lady with the Lamp' (1951), Neagle plays Florence Nightingale, the 19th century nurse and hospital crusader who managed to reform the nursing profession and make it what it is today. In 'Victoria the Great' (1937), Neagle takes the title role in this classic account of the life of Queen Victoria. Focusing on her private life, it tells of her courtship by and marriage to Prince Albert (Anton Walbrook) and features a thrilling assassination attempt where the Prince risks his own life to protect his Queen. The film was produced by Herbert Wilcox at the request of Edward VIII. Finally, 'Sixty Glorious Years' (1938) is a companion piece to the previous year's 'Victoria the Great', featuring further scenes from the life of Queen Victoria but this time focusing on the political events rather than the personal life. Neagle and Anton Walbrook reprise their roles as Victoria and Albert.
Intrepid journalist come private eye Philip Trent (Michael Wilding) suspects foul play when an American financier is found dead in the grounds of his Hampshire mansion. Featuring Orson Welles in a supporting role and previously made in 1929 by Howard Hawks.
In this collection, stage and screen legends including Judi Dench, lan Holm, Deborah Kerr, Paul Scofield, Hugh Laurie, Penelope Keith, Joan Collins and more bring to life some of the most entertaining and inventive plays and stories ever written.
Noel Coward is the definitive playwright of the early 20th century, contributing a robust repertoire of brilliant material. Playwright, actor, composer, and irrepressible socialite. Coward charmed high society in both London and New York during his heyday, and his work continues to charm audiences today with its urbane wit, sly humor and distinctive style.
The exceptional productions in this set include many of Coward's best-known works such as Hay Fever, Private Lives and Design for Living, and the bonus features offer historic interviews with Coward plus archive audio recordings of an additional six plays produced for radio.
Put together, this collection is a quintessential part of any theatre lover's library.
WWII drama about a Czech captain who impersonates a dead British officer, only to be thrown into a German P.O.W. camp reserved for the English.
After a fellow scientist accused of passing secrets to the communists commits suicide, Dr.Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) submits himself to a particularly dangerous experiment in total isolation to try and prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. Although he doubts whether the technique can actually work, Longman proceeds with the experiment, depriving himself of his senses by being submerged in a tank of water for ten hours.
Luke (an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman) is sent to a Deep South chain gang after smashing up some parking meters. Convict boss Dragline (an Oscar-winning George Kennedy) tries to crack the new inmate's spirit but Luke refuses to be broken. Reformed safecracker Donn Pearce based his novel and screenplay on his own experiences of imprisonment.
John Wayne stars in this classic romantic drama directed by John Ford. The story follows Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton (Wayne) who refuses to fight again after a traumatic bout. He returns to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm in Inisfree. But when love intervenes he is forced to fight again to win the heart and hand of local girl Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara) whose brother Red (Victor McLaglen) wants the farm for himself and objects to the pair's union.
School For Scoundrels sees in Terry-Thomas in his quintessential role of cad and bounder, using his lecherous ways to steal the heart of April away from her hapless suitor Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael). Sick of being one of life’s losers, Palfrey enrols at the college of ‘Lifemanship’ under the tutor ledge of the incomparable Alastair Sim and proceeds to learn the arts of one-upmanship and gamesmanship in an effort to outdo his caddish rivals and turn his life around.
Private's Progress teams Terry-Thomas once more with Ian Carmichael, this time in an army set comedy. Carmichael plays Stanley Windrush, a bookish and introverted flunkie from Officer candidate school, who is thrown into the deep end of rough and ready army life and must contend with rough-hewn fellow private Cox (Richard Attenborough), an eccentric crackpot Major Hitchcock (Thomas) and a nonplussed commanding officer played by Dennis Price.
Make Mine Mink is based on Peter Coke's West End comedy Breath of Spring and concerns the blundering excursions into crime of a bunch of pinheaded amateurs, who specialize in lifting valuable furs and apparently devoting the loot to charity. Terry-Thomas plays one of a group of lodgers who all team up as the thieves as a convenient escape from the meaningless routine of their daily lives. Along with their aging landlady Dame Appleby (Athene Seyler), the misfits conspire to carry out a series of daring raids, keeping the only ex-con member of the household in the dark – the beautiful housekeeper played by Billie Whitelaw.
Bungling thieves are the order of the day once again in Too Many Crooks that also stars fellow Comic Icon Sid James. When their planned robbery of the safe lecherous millionaire Billy Gordon (Terry-Thomas) actually results in the kidnap of his wife, Gordon couldn’t be happier to be rid of her. Refusing to pay the ransom sets the stage for Mrs Gordon’s sweet revenge…
The Naked Truth is the third in the trilogy of films here scripted by Michael Pertwee. Co-starring Peter Sellers in one of his early roles, the film centres around the exploits of four celebrities, including Terry-Thomas as politician Lord Mayley, who band together to assassinate from blackmailing low-life reporter Dennis (Dennis Price).
Brothers In Law sees Terry-Thomas star alongside Richard Attenborough and Ian Carmichael in this comedy about an hapless newly qualified barrister and his first disastrous appearances in court as he encounters a succession of cantankerous judges.
None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbours play out across the courtyard.
When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events...
Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw (1944), strange deaths and rumours of a mysterious phantom bring Holmes and Watson (Nigel Bruce) to a small village in Canada to solve yet another mystery. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear' (1945), seven rich men retire to a Scottish castle and promptly begin to die in violent fashion. Each death is preceded by the delivery of orange pips to the next target. As all the likely victims are heavily insured, Holmes is asked by the insurance companies to investigate.
The most popular soft porn film of all time, and a breakout box-office hit around the world, Emmanuelle stars Sylvia Kristel as the eponymous heroine who is sexually awakened through a series of erotic adventures.
Newly married, young, beautiful and naive, Emmanuelle travels to Bangkok to join her older diplomat husband Jean. On the plane, which takes off from Paris, she gets a taste of the erotic joys waiting for her in Asia. In Bangkok, the capital of the senses, with the encouragement of her husband, Emmanuelle abandons sentimental love to find fulfilment in her pleasures, first with young girl Marie-Ange, then with new lover Mario.
Emmanuelle revels in this new-found pleasure so much so that excess becomes the word of the hour, especially when Jean goes away on a business trip and leaves Emmanuelle alone in the hands of Mario.
Adapted from Emmanuelle Arsan's famous novel, sensitively directed by Just Jaeckin, and lushly photographed on location in Thailand, Emmanuelle is an erotic tale for men and women alike to enjoy.
A nanny (Bette Davis) is hired to look after a ten-year-old who has just returned from a mental institution. The boy's mother has just been poisoned and he believes the nanny is to blame. When his aunt arrives and hears the boy's accusations she sides with the nanny, claiming the boy is making it all up.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. 'Pursuit to Algiers' (1945) is Rathbone's 12th outing as the master detective. When the King of Rovenia is assassinated, Holmes is hired to accompany Nicholas, the heir to that country's throne, on his journey back home. Travelling by ocean liner to Algiers, Holmes and Watson (Nigel Bruce) take on a series of assassins and kidnappers as they fight to keep their young charge from suffering any harm. In 'The Woman in Green' (1945), Holmes and Dr Watson are called in to help solve a series of mysterious murders in which the victims are left without their right forefingers. The infallible twosome discover a link between a female hypnotist and a blackmail venture, which leads them inevitably to Holmes' arch-enemy, Moriarty (Henry Daniell).
D.W. Griffith co-writes and directs this epic and controversial account of the American Civil War and its aftermath. It tells the story of two families, the pro-Union Stonemans from the North and the pro-Confederacy Camerons from the South, and the way in which they are both caught up in the turmoil which befalls a sleepy Deep South town when Northern Abolitionists threaten to outlaw the slave trade which has existed there for years. Things go from bad to worse when Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall)'s little sister dies at the hands of Gus (Walter Long), a black farmhand, and Ben dons a Ku Klux Klan mask both to avenge her death and to come to the rescue of his beloved girlfriend Elsie (Lillian Gish), who has been kidnapped by a corrupt mixed-race governor.
British troops are trying to get into enemy territory – a small Greek island that is home to two airfields from where the Luftwaffe are launching deadly air attacks on Allied troops in North Africa.
With the help of some Greek patriots, the soldiers set out to attack the airfields having first to navigate their way through the many enemy troops…
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