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Triple bill of classic WWII film dramas. In 'The Longest Day' (1962) an all-star international cast heads the tale of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and, despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) is Richard Attenborough's similarly star-studded account of the failed 1944 Arnheim assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds - foul weather, bad luck, negligence on the part of intelligence officers - to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. Gene Hackman, Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins also star. The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in 'Patton' (1970) which focuses on the general's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward.
Three variety specials created by Dick Emery for Thames Television featuring many of his colourful characters as well as the talents of guests like Bill Pertwee and Lulu. A renowned television comedian for more than 40 years, these specials showcase some of Emery's best known characters and their misadventures including the buck-toothed vicar, the man-eating Hetty and the impossibly camp Clarence.
Bob can't believe his luck. Why Ellie is interested in him he neither knows nor cares. Sure, Vinny scares the hell out of him, but Ellie only works for Vinny and the thing he has with her, well it's nothing serious. After all, his wife and kids will never know and his friends will turn a blind eye. His behaviour may be bad but it's not as if anyone's going to get hurt. But soon Bob finds that he has more to worry about than just Vinny. There's his crazy brother Benny and his pal Jimmy who's just finished a five stretch. Then there's the cop Murray nosing around, and Joe who's drinking and talking too much. Before he knows it Bob's in so deep he can't see a way out. Not until Vinny offers him one which just might solve all of his problems. Maybe. Or maybe it'll just be the start of them.
Robert Lynn directs this 1960s adventure based on the story by Edgar Wallace and starring Richard Todd and Dale Robertson. Todd assumes the role of Inspector Harry Sanders, an insurance company employee who travels to Africa with Texan entrepreneur A.J. Magnus (Robertson) to investigate mysterious activity along the coast where Magnus sources diamonds. Sanders is well acquainted with Africa, having experienced numerous adventures on the continent in the past, and it isn't long before he and Magnus are drawn into another adventure.
Cyril Frankel directs this 1960s British comedy following the misadventures of a womanising travel agent played by Richard Todd. When Bill Ferguson (Todd) loses the key to his flat a friend of his, recognising his wayward nature, presents him with a number of different keys so that he will never be without one again. However, while on his travels Bill begins handing out the keys to a number of beautiful women he meets - a ploy that may come back to haunt him when the women begin descending on his residence in the build up to his wedding. Elke Sommer, June Thorburn and John Le Mesurier also star.
Vincent Sherman directs this 1940s drama starring Richard Todd, Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal. The film is set in Burma following the end of the war in 1945. Life is tough for a group of soldiers with injuries too severe to travel back home to enjoy the victory celebrations with their friends and comrades. Under the care of Sister Margaret Parker (Neal), the multinational soldiers who go by the nicknames Yank (Reagan), Kiwi (Ralph Michael), Tommy (Howard Marion Crawford) and Digger (John Sherman) are recuperating in a Burmese hospital. Recalcitrant Scotsman Corporal Lachlan (Todd) joins them in a particularly tragic position: he has only weeks to live due to a kidney problem. The others try to cheer him up, but struggle to penetrate his steely facade. Will Lachlan makes some friends at last or will he die alone and bitter?
Actor Richard Todd presents this documentary on the iconic Elstree Studios, where many classic English films were made between 1927 and the programme's recording in the 1950s. As well as relating the history of the studios, situated near the towns of Borehamwood and Elstree in Hertfordshire, the documentary features footage from over 40 films made there, including the first feature film produced in the studios, 'The White Sheik' (1927), and Alfred Hitchcock's 'Blackmail' (1929).
Two adventures from the early 1980s with Peter Davison starring as the Time Lord. In 'Kinda' (1982), the Doctor (Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) land on paradisical Deva Loka, for rest and recuperation. However, the military expediton on the planet has lost several crew members, and the Doctor and Adric are taken hostage by the near hysterical Hindle. Meanwhile, Tegan's dreams have provided the gateway to an ancient evil, the snake-like Mara. The Doctor must prevent the Mara from taking over the Kinda and destroying the expedition, as the wheel of creation begins to turn. In 'Snakedance' (1983), a loose sequel to 'Kinda', Tegan must have made a mistake when she was setting the co-ordinates for the TARDIS, because the Doctor certainly hadn't intended landing on Manussa. When the Doctor learns that Manussa was once the home of the Sumaran Empire, he realises that an evil force has begun to take over Tegan's will. This force, the Mara, is planning to use Tegan as a vehicle to retake power on Manussa. Just as the celebrations to commemorate the destruction of the Sumaran Empire by the Federation are about to take place, the Legend of Mara is about to come true.
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"From the Hardcover edition."
In the heart of Africa, police commissioner Sanders (Richard Todd) is investigating a hospital murder when he discovers a diamond smuggling plot.
A British and an American soldier (Robert Taylor and Richard Todd), both in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter), are travelling to Normandy in 1944. Aware of the dangers of the impending invasion, they stave off fear by reminiscing about their romances.
Triple bill of WWII movies. In 'Against the Wind' (1947), at the height of the war, a group of men and women are gathered together in London to be trained as spies. However, there is a traitor in their midst. 'The Dam Busters' (1954), adapted from the book by Paul Brickhill, is based on the true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with much scepticism. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. The film also stars Richard Todd and Ursula Jeans. Docu-drama 'The Colditz Story' (1954), adapted from the book by P.R. Reid, stars John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, and re-tells the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom.
Re-enactment of the events surrounding the voyage in April 1949 of the Royal Navy frigate Amethyst along the Yangtse river, and the attempts of its crew to get vital supplies to a British Embassy isolated in civil war-riven China. Commander J.S. Kieran (Richard Todd) is forced to brave Communist artillery along the 140-mile stretch to freedom, losing many men en route.
A film based on the successful play by Willis Hall about a British patrol in Burma who are determined to kill an innocent Japanese prisoner in a mad revenge for atrocities against British prisoners.
Richard Todd stars as Ward Prescott, a man who turns up at the Costa Brava house of an heiress (Anne Baxter), whose father has recently committed suicide and whose brother was seemingly killed in an accident. Prescott claims to be her dead brother but she is not convinced, despite all the evidence confirming his claim, her uncle recognising him, and the local police chief dismissing her. Is she lying or are the rest of the players?
ALL ABOUT EVE: From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, EveHorrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of powerfrom the great actress Margo Channing. In HUSH...Charlotte Hollis has beencloseted in her mansion, a deteriorating Southern plantation, since thegrisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. And in VIRGIN QUEEN,a fearsome queen tangles with a beautiful young lady-in-waiting.The films are packaged in separate dvd amaray cases inside a card outerslipcase.
Collection of films set during World War II. In 'D-Day, the Sixth of June' (1956) a British and an American soldier (Robert Taylor and Richard Todd), both in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter), are travelling to Normandy in 1944. Both fully aware of the dangers of the impending invasion, they stave off fear by reminiscing about their romances. 'The Longest Day' (1962) sees an all-star international cast re-tell the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) is Richard Attenborough's account of the failed 1944 Arnhem assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in 'Patton' (1970), a biographical drama which focuses on his controversial exploits during the Second World War. Guy Hamilton's classic war film 'Battle of Britain' (1969) looks at how England defended itself from the German aerial onslaught in the summer of 1940. Laurence Olivier plays Sir Hugh Dowding, the chief air marshal whose fleet outmanoeuvre the Luftwaffe, despite a numerical disadvantage. George Segal and Robert Vaughn star in John Guillermin's 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), telling the story of the day that the Nazis blew up the last remaining bridge over the Rhine, leaving their own men stranded on the wrong side. In 'Attack' (1956), a group of American soldiers find themselves trapped by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The situation reaches a crisis point when their cowardly and indecisive captain (Eddie Albert) eventually flips into sheer panic. 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965) tells the story of US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) who is shot down and placed in a German POW camp. Although Joseph is more concerned with his own survival than actually breaking free from the camp, he unpredictably gets chosen as leader of a daring escape attempt, facing many hazards along the way.
A compelling story of an addict's valiant attempt to do the difficult and challenging work to move into sustained recovery. Sitting Still sheds light on one of the country's most successful alcohol and drug treat programs, displaying in gripping detail why it consistently maintains such a high rate of recovery for its participants. Meet some of the typical residents in this long-term treatment program and discover why some of them succeed while others fail.
6-movie collection of Hitchcock classics features.
North By Northwest:
The Wrong Man:
Dial M For Murder:
Strangers On A Train:
The true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with scepticism in the Second World War. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. Also starring Richard Todd and Ursula Jeans.
Rational Polemics: Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life There's a whole host of beliefs that most people simply repeat without question. They are chanted so often as to have nearly lost all meaning, and are rarely challenged. Rational Polemics dares to expose the contradictions that are rife in many of these blindly accepted beliefs. The book endeavors to question all things to expose the folly and hypocrisy of universally held beliefs, including accepted religious dogma. It is geared toward open-minded readers with the courage to challenge convention and political correctness to consider alternative viewpoints. Rational Polemics by Richard Devens presents a provocative, controversial, outrageous challenge to the ideas and values that most of the world merely accepts on faith ideas that, upon closer examination, make little sense. I wrote this book to encourage people not to blindly accept what others believe just because it is 'politically correct' to do so, or just because the majority does, Devens says. I encourage people to think for themselves, and to live by the courage of their convictions. I encourage people to have the integrity of living by their own moral code if, by rational thought and reflection, they are convinced they are right. Told through personal anecdotes, with tongue-in-cheek humor and refreshing candor, Rational Polemics is a breath of fresh air to anyone ready to consider the true nature of evil, the hypocrisies inherent in religion and other prickly debates. Rational Polemics opens readers' minds to new ideas about deep and often difficult topics, sans the sugarcoating.
Bette Davis stars in this classic chronicle of the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I of England (Davis) and the explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd).
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