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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!
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)
The year is 1997 and in a police-state future, the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you're in, you don't come out.
But when the United States president crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke in John Carpenter's cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular.
Reggie Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) returns home after a skiing trip to discover that her husband has died. At the funeral she finds out from CIA agent Hamilton Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) that her husband was involved in the theft of a quarter of a million dollars during World War Two. The charming Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) offers his help, but as the number of dead bodies increases so do Peter's aliases, and Reggie becomes uncertain whether or not she can trust him.
Francesco Rosi directs this 1962 documentary drama starring Pietro Cammarata in the title role of Salvatore Giuliano. The film depicts the life of the Mob chieftain, his rise, fall and ultimate demise featuring flashbacks after his assassination in 1950. The cast also features Frank Wolff as Giuliano's cousin and right-hand man Gaspare Pisciotta.
Early 1960s crime drama starring Sean Connery as Paddy Damion, a thief who is recruited by a mobster (Alfred Marks) to oversee his money collection. Paddy is no thug but takes the job because his partner (Kenneth Griffith) has been injured in a robbery and he feels obligated to support him. Marks is actually the puppet of criminal mastermind Zhernikov (Herbert Lom), who has the image of a respectable businessman, but is in fact manipulating the local mobsters for his own ends. Also in the mix are the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), wannabe singer and Zhernikov's mistress, to whom Paddy immediately takes a shine, and Sayers (John Gregson) the dedicated cop trying to crack open organised crime.
Ealing's last comedy has Benny Hill making his screen debut in this film about an ice rink sweeper who dreams of being a private investigator.
His dream comes true when he manages to capture a ring of spies.
Starring Robert Beatty, Jack Warner and Simone Signoret, it is the story of a diverse group of people from very different backgrounds, who were brought together in one of the strangest enterprises of the war. Sabotage was their job; sabotage organised from London in the form of macabre practical jokes as ingenious as they were injurious to the enemy. The work was over-clouded with the constant fear of discovery – and what it would mean.
Michael Redgrave stars in this classic adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. Public schoolmaster Crocker-Harris (Redgrave) has become a bitter, disillusioned man. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a wife who openly cheats on him, he has long since lost the enthusiasm he once showed for his career and his pupils. 'The Crock', as he is known within the school, has become a figure of disdain among the students whose life he has made a misery. When ill health forces him to resign his long-standing post, a simple act of kindness from one boy has a profound effect on the seemingly heartless master.
Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is one lucky guy! When he's accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback, all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All, that is, until Whiplash Willie (Matthau) - a legal scoundrel of the first order - arrives on the scene!
For if Harry follows shyster Willie's advice and feigns a crippling injury, the two charlatans can split a cool million in phoney insurances claims.
But can Willie's world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry's hospital plate: You can't fool all of the people all of the time?
In black & white.
Box set featuring six Shakespeare adaptations starring legendary actor Laurence Olivier. In 'King Lear' (1983), the ageing King Lear (Olivier) decides to split his kingdom between three daughters - Regan, Cordelia and Goneril - with each receiving a share appropriate to the amount of love they feel for him. However, when the faithful Cordelia refuses to protest her devotion, an enraged Lear foolishly cedes complete control to the devious remaining siblings - with terrible results. In 'Henry V' (1944), the young king (Olivier) puts his rakish past behind him and rallies his men to invade France, winning against the enemy's superior numbers. The film was shot in Ireland to avoid the constant bombardment of the Blitz and Olivier was discharged from the Navy to make the film. In 'Hamlet' (1948), Hamlet (Olivier), Prince of Denmark, is still mourning over the death of his father and his mother Gertrude's (Eileen Herlie) subsequent remarriage to Hamlet's despised uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney), who is now King. When his father's ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals that it was Claudius who murdered him, the young prince vows revenge. However, a fatal flaw in his character - hesitation - mars his efforts, resulting in murder, madness and treachery. In 'The Merchant of Venice' (1974), Jewish moneylender Shylock (Olivier) provides young Antonio (Anthony Nichols) with a loan, stating that if it is not repaid he will claim a pound of flesh. When Antonio's bond defaults, Shylock attempts to claim his grisly compensation in a court of law, but Portia (Joan Plowright) pleads Antonio's case. In 'Richard III' (1955), Olivier stars as the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit. 'As You Like It' (1936) was filmed in England in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, as he would later become, this is his first filmed Shakespeare performance and thus a milestone in film history.
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.
One of the most successful of the George Formby films, and his first major film role after leaving the music halls. Assistant chimney sweep George Shuttleworth (Formby) is laughed at by his friends when he dreams of winning the Isle of Man's TT Motor Cycle Race.
Noir-like crime drama directed by Fritz Lang. Norah (Anne Baxter) is a pretty young telephone operator engaged to a soldier overseas. On her birthday, she receives a from him to say that the relationship has ended. Feeling despondent, she agrees to a date with Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr), a smooth-talking colleague from her office. He gets her drunk and takes her back to his apartment, where she resists his advances and ends up bludgeoning him in self-defence. She flees - leaving behind a blue gardenia he gave her. The next morning, she can't remember the details of what happened. All she knows is she has become implicated in Prebble's murder... Nat King Cole makes an appearance as a nightclub singer.
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).
Psychological melodrama about a vicious gangster on the run, who takes refuge with a former pop star.
Oh brother! Peter Sellers stars as John Smallwood, an idealistic Reverend appointed to the parish of an upper-class village by mistake. With a bad habit of telling the truth at all times, Smallwood makes several clerical decisions that shock his wealthy, landed-gentry parishioners.
When he convinces the selfish owner of a laxative firm to "see the light" and sell off all her holdings on behalf of the poor and downtrodden, by doing so the woman wrecks her business - which is the principal source of income for the community where Smallwood works.
Retreating from town with an angry mob on his heels, Smallwood relocates to a tiny island in the Pacific. Since the island is the site of a missile base, and since the local astronauts have shown signs of agnosticism, where else is there for Sellers to go...but up?
In black & white.
'60s B-Movie romp based very loosely on the tale of Bodicea, queen of the native Britons. In the year 60 AD, Queen Salina (Carita), ruler in the absence of her late father King Priam (Wilfred Lawson), enters into a power-sharing agreement with Justinian (Don Murray), a fair and just Roman ruler. This displeases the hardliner factions in both the Druid and Roman camps. Worse is yet to come as the fair and tender Salina and the cultured, rugged Justinian begin to share each other's straw cots - incensing all concerned and leading to the prospect of a marriage that, whilst offering lasting peace, in the meantime threatens to tear the country apart. Plotting, conniving and treachery naturally ensue.
Ahoy there! There's nothing like a Jolly Roger on the Seven Seas with the Carry On team.
There's the whiff of mutiny in the air as Juliet Mills runs away to sea disguised as a Midshipman and ends up on a ship commanded by the wicked Captain Fearless.
Can Able Seamen Poop-Decker be trusted?
Walk the prank plank in this swashbuckling yarn of high adventure and low comedy, as the Carry On gang swing the sauciest jokes and indulge in plenty of nautical anchor panky.
Based on the novel by L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between links the present and the past taking an ageing bachelor back to the long hot summer when he was twelve and lost his boyish heart to a beautiful, headstrong young woman who used his adoration to suit her own purposes.
Summer 1900: Leo is the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marion, Marcus's sister who is about to be engaged to Huge who is a viscount, however she has fallen in love with a handsome young tenant farmer who's class difference make an open affair unthinkable.
She is unable to resist temptation though and sends messages to her lover to arrange a meeting through Leo, the go-between.
Containing 32 films, this collection documents Buster Keaton's short films between 1917 and 1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera, this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to headlining, starring in, and directing his own box office smash hits. Films are: 'The Butcher Boy' (1917), 'The Rough House' (1917), 'His Wedding Night' (1917), 'Oh Doctor!' (1917), 'Coney Island' (1917), 'Out West' (1918), 'The Bell Boy' (1918), 'Moonshine' (1918), 'Good Night Nurse' (1918), 'The Cook' (1918), 'Backstage' (1919), 'The Hayseed' (1919), 'The Garage' (1920), 'The High Sign' (1920), 'One Week' (1920), 'Convict 13' (1920), 'The Scarecrow' (1920), 'Neighbors' (1920), 'The Haunted House' (1921), 'Hard Luck' (1921), 'The Goat' (1921), 'The Playhouse' (1921), 'The Boat' (1921) and 'The Paleface' (1921).
Join Detective Frank Drebin and Capt. Ed Hocken as they solve the toughest cases - full of all the sight-gags, puns, and non-sequiturs that made the series famous!
Diana Dors and George Baker star in this British crime drama. In the grim industrial town of Rawborough, Yorkshire, the local men fall under the spell of sultry blonde Calico (Dors). After fleeing from his gambling debts in London, Johnny Mansell (Baker) returns to his hometown and moves in with his brother Dave (Terence Morgan) and becomes tortured with his desire for Calico, an obsession which has tragic results.
Powerful drama about loyalties and the industrial workplace in early 60s Britain. Factory worker Tom Arnold (Richard Attenborough) does not share the same feelings as his fellow workers in a developing industrial dispute and refuses to go on strike with them. This results in him being 'sent to Coventry' by all concerned, including his best friend Joe Wallace (Michael Craig). The newspapers soon hear about this and the story becomes a matter of national concern, with many different parties trying to use Tom's stance to their own ends.
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.
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