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The Man Who Never Was (DVD): Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng, Gloria Grahame, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence Naismith The Man Who Never Was (DVD)
Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng, Gloria Grahame, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, … 1
R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng and Gloria Grahame star in this classic drama set during the Second World War, adapted from the book by Ewen Montagu which is based on real events. In order to deceive the Germans into thinking that the Allied forces are preparing to invade Greece, and not Sicily as planned, intelligence officers Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Webb) and Lieutenant George Acres (Flemyng) are tasked with a complex mission - they must find and dispatch a dead body under a fake identity of a British major into the sea, along with plans for the bogus invasion, to be discovered by the Nazis. Will the operation be a success or will the Germans discover the truth?

The Poseidon Adventure (Blu-ray disc): Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Jack... The Poseidon Adventure (Blu-ray disc)
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, … 1
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When a luxury liner is upturned by a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, ten survivors struggle to stay alive as they seek a means of escape. Resourceful man of the cloth Reverend Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) assumes responsibility for his fellow passengers, who include a pop singer, an elderly Jewish couple and a New York detective.

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 7 (DVD): Chips Rafferty, Jane Barrett, Peter Finch, Claude Hulbert, Binnie Hale,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 7 (DVD)
Chips Rafferty, Jane Barrett, Peter Finch, Claude Hulbert, Binnie Hale, … 1
R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. 'Eureka Stockade' (1949) is set during the 1850s Australian gold rush as miners struggle bitterly for basic working rights. In 'Take a Chance' (1937) the wife of a successful racehorse trainer falls for a young man who, unbeknown to her, has a hidden agenda - a desire to learn her husband's horse training secrets... In 'The Gaunt Stranger' (1938) a lawyer receives an alarming note promising that he'll be dead within a few days leading to a frantic police investigation to catch the would-be killer. Finally, 'Play Up the Band' (1935) tells the story of a brass band's attempts to transcend their humble origins by making it to an illustrious contest and stars Stanley Holloway.

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 10 (DVD): Jimmy O'Dea, Betty Driver, Sonnie Hale, Cornell Borchers, Yvonne... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 10 (DVD)
Jimmy O'Dea, Betty Driver, Sonnie Hale, Cornell Borchers, Yvonne Mitchell, … 1
R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Let's Be Famous' (1939), directed by Walter Forde, follows the adventures of Jimmy Houlihan (Jimmy O'Dea), an Irish shopkeeper who dreams of becoming a successful singer and unexpectedly earns his big break. In 'The Divided Heart' (1954), inspired by a true story and directed by Charles Crichton, a boy who is presumed an orphan of war is adopted by a German family. However, after a number of years his real mother locates him and attempts to regain custody. 'His Excellency' (1952), directed by Robert Hamer, follows George Harrison (Eric Portman), an everyday Yorkshire man who unexpectedly finds himself appointed to a position of authority on a Mediterranean island and causes chaos. 'Saloon Bar' (1940), directed by Forde, is set around Christmastime. However, with Eddie Graves (Alec Clunes) set to be executed for a crime he may not have committed things are far from festive. Can amateur sleuth Joe Harris (Gordon Harker) get to the bottom of what really happened in time to save him?

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 8 (DVD): George Baker, Belinda Lee, Delphi Lawrence, Adrienne Corri, Griffith Jones,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 8 (DVD)
George Baker, Belinda Lee, Delphi Lawrence, Adrienne Corri, Griffith Jones, … 1
R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. 'The Feminine Touch' (1956) follows the fortunes of five young nurses who begin work for the National Health Service shortly after its founding in 1948. 'Young Man's Fancy' (1939) traces the unconventional love affair between an unhappily engaged upper class Englishman and the human cannonball he meets during a visit to the circus. In 'There Ain't No Justice' (1939) young boxer Tommy Mutch (Jimmy Hanley) falls under the wing of a promoter who promises him much but may not be what he seems. 'The Silent Passenger' (1935) is the film debut of the character Lord Peter Wimsey (Peter Haddon), an amateur sleuth with a gift for getting to the bottom of mysteries.

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 5 (DVD): Brigitte Horney, Peter Haddon, Jean Galland, Peter Finch, Dana Wilson,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 5 (DVD)
Brigitte Horney, Peter Haddon, Jean Galland, Peter Finch, Dana Wilson, … 1
R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. In 'The House of the Spaniard' (1936), a meek clerk finds out that his employer, a Spanish revolutionary, is engaged in illegal activity and is subsequently kidnapped and taken to Spain during the Civil War. In 'The Shiralee' (1957), an Australian man takes his child from her unfit mother. As father and daughter travel around the Outback together their relationship grows ever stronger. In 'The Ware Case' (1938), a financier is acquitted of murder only to discover that his troubles are far from over. In 'The Beloved Vagabond' (1936), a French architect returns to his home country after learning that the woman he has fallen for is engaged to another. Having left his job, he sets up an entertainment act with a gypsy woman who he becomes very fond of. When he finds out that his love did not go through with the wedding he must choose between the two women.

The Four Just Men (DVD): Hugh Sinclair, Griffith Jones, Francis L Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Alan Napier, Anna Lee, Basil Sydney,... The Four Just Men (DVD)
Hugh Sinclair, Griffith Jones, Francis L Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Alan Napier, … 1
R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Late 1930s thriller based on the novel by Edgar Wallace following four self-confessed patriots as they set out to foil a threat to the British Empire. World War I veterans Humphrey Mansfield (Hugh Sinclair), James Brodie (Griffith Jones), Lťon Poiccard (Francis L. Sullivan) and James Terry (Frank Lawton) share a love for their country which inspires them to risk their lives to protect it. When Terry receives information which suggests that a British MP who advocates the policy of appeasement, Sir Hamar Ryman (Alan Napier), is actually a Nazi agent preparing the ground for a German invasion, the four friends set out to foil him. Will they succeed?

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 2 (DVD): Hughie Green, Margaret Lockwood, Harry Tate, Paul Lukas, Hugh Williams,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 2 (DVD)
Hughie Green, Margaret Lockwood, Harry Tate, Paul Lukas, Hugh Williams, … 1
R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Midshipman Easy' (1935), directed by Carol Reed, follows an eager young sailor played by Hughie Green and the various adventures he finds himself wrapped up in. 'Brief Ecstasy' (1937), directed by Edmond T. Grťville, tells the emotive story of a young couple who are separated against their will but reunited in extraordinary circumstances. 'The Big Blockade' (1942), directed by Charles Frend, is a wartime documentary-drama starring John Mills and Will Hay which celebrates the success of the Allied blockade of Germany. Finally, 'The Four Just Men' (1939), directed by Walter Forde, follows patriots Humphrey Mansfield (Hugh Sinclair), James Brodie (Griffith Jones), Lťon Poiccard (Francis L. Sullivan) and James Terry (Frank Lawton) as they attempt to defend the British Empire from a traitor.

The Man Who Never Was (Blu-ray disc): Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng, Gloria Grahame, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence... The Man Who Never Was (Blu-ray disc)
Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng, Gloria Grahame, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, … 1
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng and Gloria Grahame star in this classic drama set during the Second World War, adapted from the book by Ewen Montagu which is based on real events. In order to deceive the Germans into thinking that the Allied forces are preparing to invade Greece, and not Sicily as planned, intelligence officers Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Webb) and Lieutenant George Acres (Flemyng) are tasked with a complex mission - they must find and dispatch a dead body under a fake identity of a British major into the sea, along with plans for the bogus invasion, to be discovered by the Nazis. Will the operation be a success or will the Germans discover the truth?

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 14 (DVD): Arthur Wontner, Clive Brook, Ann Todd, Nora Swinburne, Peter Hannen, Isla... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 14 (DVD)
Arthur Wontner, Clive Brook, Ann Todd, Nora Swinburne, Peter Hannen, … 1
R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'The Sign of Four' (1932), directed by Graham Cutts, is a Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Arthur Wontner as the London-based sleuth. 'The Water Gipsies' (1932), directed by Maurice Elvey, stars Ann Todd as Jane Bell, a young woman who lives on a canal boat and dreams of escaping the drudgery of her daily life. In 'Lonely Road' (1936), directed by James Flood and starring Clive Brook, Victoria Hopper and Nora Swinburne, Scotland Yard become involved when a man stumbles upon what he believes to be a major smuggling operation. Finally, 'Feather Your Nest' (1937), directed by William Beaudine, stars George Formby as a gramophone factory worker who breaks a disc and records his own replacement to try and get away with it. Chaos duly ensues.

This Happy Breed (Blu-ray disc): Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Stanley Holloway, John Mills, Kay Walsh, John Blythe, Eileen... This Happy Breed (Blu-ray disc)
Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Stanley Holloway, John Mills, Kay Walsh, … 1
R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and 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.

In Which We Serve (DVD, Restored): NoŽl Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, Michael Wilding, Joyce... In Which We Serve (DVD, Restored)
NoŽl Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, …
R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this patriotic World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Coward was awarded a Special Oscar for 'outstanding production achievement'.

Great Expectations (Blu-ray disc): John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Bernard Miles, Francis L Sullivan, Finlay Currie, Martita Hunt,... Great Expectations (Blu-ray disc)
John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Bernard Miles, Francis L Sullivan, Finlay Currie, …
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

David Lean directs this classic adaptation of Dickens's novel about a young orphan who develops 'great expectations' after a mysterious benefactor pledges to sponsor his transformation into a gentleman. Pip (Anthony Wager) is visiting the graves of his deceased parents when he finds himself confronted by an escaped convict, Magwitch (Finlay Currie). Unfortunately for Pip, Magwitch isn't the only frightening adult he becomes acquainted with. When Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt), an eccentric old woman still dressed for the wedding at which she was abandoned by her groom years ago, seeks a playmate for her charge, Estella (Jean Simmons), it is Pip who is sent for. The boy quickly falls in love with Estella, though his hopes seem forlorn due to the gap in social standing between the two. When an older Pip (John Mills) discovers that he has a benefactor, he feels that Estella may be won, but has he read the situation correctly?

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 9 (DVD): Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Nova Pilbeam, Edmund Gwenn,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 9 (DVD)
Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Nova Pilbeam, Edmund Gwenn, … 1
R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. 'Meet Mr Lucifer' (1953), directed by Anthony Pelissier, stars Stanley Holloway and features a TV set that has a nasty habit of bringing misery to every household in which it is used. 'Cheer Boys Cheer' (1939), directed by Walter Forde, follows the rivalry between two brewery owners. 'Whom the Gods Love' (1936), directed by Basil Dean, sets out to tell the story of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Stephen Haggard)'s life. 'Honeymoon Adventure' (1931), directed by Maurice Elvey, stars Benita Hume and Peter Hannen as a newly married couple whose honeymoon takes an unexpected turn when they discover that criminals are on their trail.

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 1 (DVD): Gerald Du Maurier, Edna Best, Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim, Edric Connor,... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 1 (DVD)
Gerald Du Maurier, Edna Best, Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim, Edric Connor, …
R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Escape' (1930), directed by Basil Dean, tells the story of a man who escapes from Dartmoor Prison and is hunted across the surrounding moors. Gerald Du Maurier and Edna Best star. 'West of Zanzibar' (1954), directed by Harry Watt, follows an African tribe forced to depart their native territory in search of pastures new. Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim and Edric Connor lead the cast. 'Penny Paradise' (1938), directed by Carol Reed, follows Joe Higgins (Edmund Gwenn), a Liverpool tug boat captain who believes he has won big on the penny pools and plans accordingly. However, will he regret trusting his first mate to post the coupon? Finally, Leo Mittler directs 'Cheer Up!' (1936), a comic tale of two struggling composers who attempt to raise funds for a musical starring Stanley Lupino and Sally Gray.

The David Lean Centenary Collection (DVD): Ralph Richardson, Anne Todd, Nigel Patrick, Dinah Sheridan, John Justin, Jack Allen,... The David Lean Centenary Collection (DVD)
Ralph Richardson, Anne Todd, Nigel Patrick, Dinah Sheridan, John Justin, …
R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of ten classic films from the award-winning British director. In 'The Sound Barrier' (1952), Ralph Richardson stars as an aircraft manufacturer whose all-consuming passion with making the ultimate supersonic jet kills both his son and son-in-law and almost destroys him and the rest of his family. In 'Hobson's Choice' (1953), Lancashire bootmaker Henry Horatio Hobson (Charles Laughton) keeps a tight rein on his three daughters until his eldest, Maggie (Brenda De Banzie), marries his assistant, Willie Mossop (John Mills), and sets him up in his own bootmaking firm. To Hobson's consternation, Willie has soon become his father-in-law's main business rival. In 'Blithe Spirit' (1945), cynical writer, Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison), asks a medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his house so he can collect material for his latest book. No one is more surprised than the medium when she inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Condomine's first wife (Kay Hammond). The ghost refuses to go away, preferring to taunt her less sophisticated replacement (Constance Cummings). In 'Brief Encounter' (1945), a respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. In 'Great Expectations' (1946), orphan, Pip (Anthony Wager), befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of Miss Havisham and her niece, Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible. In 'Oliver Twist' (1948), Oliver (John Howard Davis) is a young orphan boy who is expelled from the workhouse run by Mr Bumbel (Francis L. Sullivan). After becoming an apprentice to an undertaker, Oliver decides to run away to London, only to meet the Artful Dodger (Anthony Newley) and fall amongst his gang of thieves, led by the scheming Fagin (Alec Guinness). In 'Madeleine' (1949), Madeleine (Ann Todd) is the eldest daughter in a respectable Victorian Glasgow family. She begins an affair with Frenchman, Emile L'Anglier (Ivan Desny), without her father's knowledge. Meanwhile, Madeleine's father insists on her seeing various suitors. When Madeleine becomes engaged to William Minnoch (Norman Wooland), Emile threatens to reveal their relationship. 'The Passionate Friends' (1944) is an episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. 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. Finally, 'In Which We Serve' (1942) is a World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed.

In Which We Serve (DVD): NoŽl Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, Michael Wilding, Joyce Carey,... In Which We Serve (DVD)
NoŽl Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, …
R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this patriotic World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Coward was awarded a Special Oscar for 'outstanding production achievement'. Also included is a 'making of' documentary.

A   Tale of Two Cities/Oliver Twist/Great Expectations (DVD): Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Cecil Parker, Stephen Murray, Ian... A Tale of Two Cities/Oliver Twist/Great Expectations (DVD)
Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Cecil Parker, Stephen Murray, Ian Bannen, … 1
R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Three classic films adapted from novels by Charles Dickens. In 'A Tale of Two Cities' (1958), Sydney Carton (Dirk Bogarde) is a frivolous London barrister, hopelessly in love with Lucie (Dorothy Tutin), even after she marries Charles Darnay (Paul Guers), who is descended from an unpleasant French aristocrat. Darnay is lured back to France as the Revolution gets into swing where he is arrested and awaits execution. Sydney, seeing Lucie's despair, goes to France, frees Charles and takes his place in the queue for the guillotine. In 'Oliver Twist' (1948), Oliver (John Howard Davis) is a young orphan boy who is expelled from the workhouse run by Mr Bumble (Francis L. Sullivan). After becoming an apprentice to an undertaker Oliver decides to run away to London, only to meet the Artful Dodger (Anthony Newley) and fall amongst his gang of thieves, led by the scheming Fagin (Alec Guinness). Finally, in 'Great Expectations' (1946), orphan Pip (Anthony Wager) befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of mad Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt) and her niece, Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (John Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible.

The Poseidon Adventure (DVD): Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Jack Albertson,... The Poseidon Adventure (DVD)
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, …
R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When a luxury liner is upturned by a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, ten survivors struggle to stay alive as they seek a means of escape. Resourceful man of the cloth Reverend Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) assumes responsibility for his fellow passengers, who include a pop singer, an elderly Jewish couple and a New York detective.

The Chalk Garden (DVD): Hayley Mills, Felix Aylmer, Toke Townley, Deborah Kerr, Edith Evans, John Mills, Elizabeth Sellars,... The Chalk Garden (DVD)
Hayley Mills, Felix Aylmer, Toke Townley, Deborah Kerr, Edith Evans, … 1
R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills star in this 1964 drama based on the stage play by Enid Bagnold. When disobedient teenager Laurel (Mills) manages to make yet another governess leave, her grandmother and guardian Mrs St. Maugham (Edith Evans) decides enough is enough. When Miss Madrigal (Kerr) shows up on their doorstep announcing herself as Laurel's new governess the girl quickly comes to realise that she may have finally met her match.

Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 11 (DVD): Adele Dixon, Clifford Evans, Sam Livesey, Sally Gray, Robert Donat, Kay... Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 11 (DVD)
Adele Dixon, Clifford Evans, Sam Livesey, Sally Gray, Robert Donat, … 1
R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Calling the Tune' (1936), directed by Reginald Denham and Thorold Dickinson, is set during the early years of the gramophone and follows an unlikely love story between the daughter of a music salesman and a musician who believes he was cheated by her father. 'Lease of Life' (1954), directed by Charles Frend, stars Robert Donat as a parson confronted with the news that he's dying who reflects on his achievements in life and how best to spend the time that remains to him. 'Lorna Doone' (1934), directed by Basil Dean, is set on the 17th century English moors and sees John Ridd (John Loder)'s plans for revenge against a local criminal family meet complications when he falls in love with Lorna Doone (Victoria Hopper), a member of the family. In 'Return to Yesterday' (1940), directed by Robert Stevenson, creative couple Robert Maine (Clive Brook) and Carol Sands (Anna Lee) must choose between a low profile career in the English theatre and the glamour of Hollywood.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth - Ronald Neame, an Autobiography (Paperback, Revised): Ronald Neame, With Barbara Roisman... Straight from the Horse's Mouth - Ronald Neame, an Autobiography (Paperback, Revised)
Ronald Neame, With Barbara Roisman Cooper; Foreword by Michael Caine
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Out of stock

Now in Paperback! Ronald Neame's autobiography takes its title from one of his best-loved films, The Horse's Mouth (1958), starring Alec Guinness. In an informative and entertaining style, Neame discusses the making of that film, along with several others, including In Which We Serve, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Tunes of Glory, I Could Go on Singing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Scrooge, The Poseidon Adventure, and Hopscotch. Straight from the Horse's Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present. Aside from Neame's own writing, the book contains original commentary by many of his contemporaries and associates including Alec Guinness, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Shirley MacLaine, Walter Matthau, John Mills and Shelley Winters. Includes more than 40 photos!

Principal Characters - Film Players Out of Frame (Paperback): Christopher Neame Principal Characters - Film Players Out of Frame (Paperback)
Christopher Neame; Foreword by Ronald Neame, Sir Sydney Samuelson
R1,152 Discovery Miles 11 520 Out of stock

As the grandson of actress Ivy Close and son of director Ronald Neame (Straight from the Horse's Mouth; Scarecrow, 2003), Christopher Neame's roots in the film business were already firmly established by the time he joined the family profession. In his first memoir, Rungs on a Ladder, Neame gave readers an insider's look into a number of productions of the 1960s and 70s produced by Hammer Studios. Christopher followed this with A Take on British TV Drama, in which he recounted the challenges and rewards of working on some of the most distinguished works of British television, including The Flame Trees of Thika, Monsignor Quixote, and Danger: U.X.B. In Principal Characters, Neame fills in the gaps of his illustrious career by providing brief intimate portraits of the many important film figures he has worked with. In this charming collection of anecdotes, he asks and answers questions about the stars, who reveal both their carefree and vulnerable moments alike: Was Richard Harris really such a hell-raiser as a young man? What was Peter Sellers like to work with? How did Robert Mitchum find himself in trouble? How many faces did Alec Guinness have? What was behind Peter O'Toole and a bomb threat in Paris? Looking behind the camera lens, Neame captures director Karel Reisz (This Sporting Life) wearing a producer's hat, marvels at cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth 'painting' Cabaret with light, discloses Kenneth Tynan's unusual predilection, and weighs in on the culinary skills of Ismail Merchant (A Room with a View). Throughout these accounts, Christopher looks both acutely and often amusingly at many who are household names, and when he feels it is appropriate to do so, he doesn't pull punches. This work is a fitting conclusion to an autobiographical "trilogy," and will be of interest to all those curious about the film industry and especially the stars and directors Christopher Neame has worked with over the years.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth - Ronald Neame, an Autobiography (Hardcover, New): Ronald Neame, With Barbara Roisman... Straight from the Horse's Mouth - Ronald Neame, an Autobiography (Hardcover, New)
Ronald Neame, With Barbara Roisman Cooper; Foreword by Michael Caine
R1,267 Discovery Miles 12 670 Out of stock

Now in Paperback! Ronald Neame's autobiography takes its title from one of his best-loved films, The Horse's Mouth (1958), starring Alec Guinness. In an informative and entertaining style, Neame discusses the making of that film, along with several others, including In Which We Serve, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Tunes of Glory, I Could Go on Singing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Scrooge, The Poseidon Adventure, and Hopscotch. Straight from the Horse's Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present. Aside from Neame's own writing, the book contains original commentary by many of his contemporaries and associates including Alec Guinness, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Shirley MacLaine, Walter Matthau, John Mills and Shelley Winters. Includes more than 40 photos!

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