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Superspy George Smiley (Alec Guinness) has for some time been in 'retirement' - some say due to his mishandling of the Czech scandal. However, the retiring masterspy finds himself summoned back to the 'Circus' (British secret service) when it transpires that an enemy infiltrator is at work in the department.
The anarchic St Trinian's schoolgirls win a UNESCO prize trip to Rome, in the second St Trinian's film. Upon arrival they become involved with a jewel thief (Lionel Jeffries) who hides out with the school, disguised as the headmistress.
All nine episodes from the first season of the 1970s BBC drama series set on the Greek island of Crete. Ian Hendry and Wanda Ventham star as bar owners Erik and Ann Shepherd, a mysterious couple with a past full of secrets.
Charlie Drake stars as a hapless sailor, forced to disguise himself as a Wren when his ship is commandeered by a band of Women's Libbers.
Al Viola's adaptation of Graham Billing's novel about how a man's outlook on life is changed by his harsh surroundings. Richard Forbush (John Hurt), a shallow man and philanderer, wants to win back the affections of his girlfriend Tara (Haley Mills) and decides that moving to the Antarctic to study the life-cycle of penguins is just the way to impress her. Whilst there he embarks on a solitary struggle of survival and having begun to deeply admire the penguins uses this knowledge to keep himself alive.
Collection of three British horror films. In 'Nothing But the Night' (1973), Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as a police officer and a psychiatrist who work together to try and get to the bottom of strange happenings on a remote Scottish island. The island is home to an orphanage that comes to the attention of police colonel Charles Bingham (Lee) when three of its trustees are found dead in a short space of time. Though initial evidence suggests that the deaths were suicides, Bingham is suspicious and enlists the help of Sir Mark Ashley (Cushing) to try and solve the mystery. In 'Vampire Circus' (1972), an itinerant circus arrives in a small village, causing the villagers to rejoice at the prospect of entertainment to relieve the burden of years of plague. This plague, superstitious locals believe, is the result of a curse from Count Mitterhouse (Robert Tayman), a vampire. But shortly after the circus's arrival the children of the village start to die in mysterious circumstances. In 'The Man Who Changed His Mind' (1936), Boris Karloff stars as a scientist warped by the power he gains from one of his own discoveries. When Dr Laurience (Karloff) retires to an isolated house to research the origins of the human mind and soul with a surgeon, Clare (Anna Lee), and a man confined to a wheelchair, Clayton (Donald Calthrop), he is scorned by his scientific peers. However, Laurience succeeds in discovering a means of mind-transference: the ability to swap the mental faculties of any two people and thus to take possession of the bodies of others. But will he use the power wisely?
An all boys public school, Melbury for Boys, is thrown into lustful wanting when their French tutor (Agnes Laurent) turns out to be gorgeous, sexy and female.
BBC adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel. When Captain Billy Bones (Jack Watson) arrives at Daniel Hawkins (Terry Scully)'s inn, the ailing Hawkins is glad to receive some money from the old sailor. It transpires that Bones has in his possession the map to some hidden treasure in the Bahamas, which he entrusts to Daniel's young son, Jim (Ashley Knight). When Bones' former shipmates, led by Long John Silver (Alfred Burke), arrive to claim the map, Jim escapes. With the help of a local doctor and magistrate, he sets sail for the tropics to discover Treasure Island.
Robert Tronson directs this 1960s British drama based on the scandal of the 'Portland Spy Ring'. Bernard Lee stars as Henry Houghton, an alcoholic Navy clerk with a chip on his shoulder who is targeted as a weak point by Soviet agents Helen and Peter Kroger (Nancy Nevinson and David Kossoff). With Houghton posted to a secret Portland lab that specialises in submarine warfare, he is able to provide the Krogers with valuable documents in return for money. However, when the authorities are alerted to the situation, they quickly come up with a plan to catch the spies...
John Boulting directs this 1960s British crime comedy. When criminals Jelly Knight (Dudley Sutton), Scapa Flood (James Beckett) and Lennie the Dip (Kenneth Griffith) exit prison after an 18-month stint inside they expect to pick up the earnings from the job that landed them in trouble. However, Sara (Charlotte Rampling) informs them that their boss, the Duke, has passed away and all the money has been lost with him. The penniless trio quickly sense that something is amiss, though, and before long find themselves immersed in yet another criminal scheme...
Muriel Box directs this 1950s comedy in which a writer of erotic fiction encounters trouble when her chauffeur gets his hands on her latest manuscript. Judith Wynter (Margaret Leighton) is a successful author of romantic fiction who is always on the lookout for new ideas. When she and her husband (Ralph Richardson) take on an Italian chauffeur, Carlo (Carlo Giustini), she is inspired and quickly puts pen to paper on a fantasy built around a lady's driver. However, when Carlo discovers the manuscript he takes it a little too literally and begins to harbour designs on his employer. Can Judith, Carlo and co. untangle themselves from the surprisingly intricate web of fantasy and reality in time to avert disaster?
In Huntleigh prison, a group of cell mates (Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge) plan the perfect burglary. By escaping the day before their release, then breaking back in again, they will have the perfect alibi when they rob a maharajah's palace of its diamonds - they will seemingly never have left their cell.
In this sequel to 'Dracula' (1958), four English tourists are holidaying in the Carpathians when they meet the unconventional Father Sandor (Andrew Keir) at an inn. He warns them to avoid the local castle if they value their lives, but the next day the quartet find themselves stranded in the mountains after their driver abandons them. When a driverless carriage arrives they board it, intending to travel to the nearest village. However, the carriage instead takes them to the very castle which Sandor warned them against, where they are welcomed by Klove (Philip Latham), sinister manservant of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee)...
A collection of five Hammer horror films from the 1960s. In 'The Nanny' (1965), 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. 'Dracula: Prince of Darkness' (1965) is the sequel to the 1958 film 'Dracula'. Four English tourists are holidaying in the Carpathians when they meet the unconventional Father Sandor (Andrew Keir) at an inn. He warns them to avoid the local castle if they value their lives, but the next day the quartet find themselves stranded in the mountains after their driver abandons them. When a driverless carriage arrives they board it, intending to travel to the nearest village. However, the carriage instead takes them to the very castle which Sandor warned them against, where they are welcomed by Klove (Philip Latham), sinister manservant of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). 'Quatermass and the Pit' (1967) is the Hammer version of the popular TV series. When prehistoric skulls and the remains of an alien spaceship are discovered in the bowels of London's Underground during an excavation, a weird and powerful force is unleashed, and Professor Quatermass (Keir) is called in to investigate. 'Frankenstein Created Woman' is the sequel to the 1964 film 'Evil of Frankenstein'. The Baron (Peter Cushing) has taken up residence with well-meaning inebriate Doctor Hertz (Thorley Walters). When Hertz successfully revives Frankenstein after freezing his body, the latter deduces that the human spirit does not leave the body after death, and can therefore be transmuted into another form. He gets the chance to prove his theory when his young assistant, Hans, is hanged for a murder he did not commit, and Hans' disfigured lover, Christina, commits suicide in despair. After performing cosmetic surgery on Christina, the two scientists successfully transfer Hans's spirit into her body. However, Hans now sets out to take revenge on those responsible for his death. Finally, in 'The Devil Rides Out' (1967), the Duc de Richleau (Lee) is concerned by the disappearance of his young friend Simon (Patrick Mower) from the social scene. Accompanied by former army colleague Rex (Leon Greene), de Richleau discovers that Simon has joined a group of Devil worshippers, led by the evil Mocata (Charles Gray). Through de Richleau's attempts to wrest Simon from Mocata's influence, Rex becomes romantically involved with Tanith, another member of the cult.
Four films based on the cartoon creations of Ronald Searle. In 'The Belles of St Trinians' (1954), Miss Millicent Fritton (Alastair Sim), headmistress of St Trinian's School for Girls, attempts to stave off her creditors by 'looking after' the pocket money of a wealthy sheikh's daughter currently enrolled at the school, and investing it on the sheikh's horse, Arab Boy, in the local derby. In 'Blue Murder at St Trinians' (1956), the anarchic schoolgirls win a UNESCO prize trip to Rome. Upon arrival they become involved with a jewel thief (Lionel Jeffries) who hides out with the school, disguised as the headmistress. The jolly hockey sticks are being waved with malicious force once again in 'The Pure Hell of St Trinians' (1957). After they burn their school down, the girls are sent to the Middle East, where an Arab sheik tries to lure them into his harem. Flash Harry (George Cole) attempts to come to the rescue, only to find himself stranded on a desert island with a familiar member of the constabulary (Joyce Grenfell). In the 1966 film 'The Great St Trinians Train Robbery', a bunch of crooks take on more than they can handle when they decide to bury the loot from a successful robbery in the grounds of St Trinians. The high-spirited girls (or 'hooligans' as they are sometimes known) take it upon themselves to confront the highly-strung criminals, with devastating and comic effect.
Classic British crime drama directed by Wilfred Eades. The film follows novelist Peter Darwin (Robert Urquhart) and his fiancée Kay March (Noelle Middleton), who try their best to keep their involvement in the death of Peter's former lover Claire (Elizabeth Kentish) hidden. Just how far will they go to cover their tracks and avoid capture?
British horror set in early 19th century Serbia. When an itinerant circus arrives in a small village there is rejoicing at the prospect of entertainment to relieve the burden of years of plague, believed by the superstitious locals to be the result of a curse from Count Mitterhouse (Robert Tayman), a vampire. But shortly after the circus's arrival the children of the village start to die in mysterious circumstances.
All seven episodes of the 1970s ITV biographical drama series starring Lee Remick as Jennie Jerome, the American woman born in 1845 who went on to become Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill. Episodes are: 'Jennie Jerome', 'Lady Randolph', 'Recovery', 'Triumph and Tragedy', 'A Perfect Darling', 'His Borrowed Plumes' and 'A Past and a Future'.
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.
The jolly hockey sticks are being waved with malicious force once again by the mischievous girls of St Trinian's. After they burn their school down, the girls are sent to the Middle East, where an Arab sheik tries to lure them into his harem. Flash Harry (George Cole) attempts to come to the rescue, only to find himself stranded on a desert island with a familiar member of the constabulary (Joyce Grenfell).
In this sequel to 'Evil of Frankenstein' (1964), the Baron (Peter Cushing) has taken up residence with well-meaning inebriate Doctor Hertz (Thorley Walters). When Hertz successfully revives Frankenstein after freezing his body, the latter deduces that the human spirit does not leave the body after death, and can therefore be transmuted into another form. He gets the chance to prove his theory when his young assistant, Hans, is hanged for a murder he did not commit, and Hans' disfigured lover, Christina, commits suicide in despair. After performing cosmetic surgery on Christina, the two scientists successfully transfer Hans' spirit into her body. However, Hans now sets out to take revenge on those responsible for his death.
The entire cult 1970s action series. In 'Overture' playboy Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore) and millionaire oil tycoon Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) are brought together as a crime-fighting team by the crusading Judge Fulton. 'Angie... Angie' sees Danny attempting to break off the partnership when Fulton suspects one of his old friends of being a hitman. 'Five Miles to Midnight' has the playboy crime-fighters charged with getting an assassin-turned-informant out of Italy. 'The Gold Napoleon' finds the duo investigating a failed attempt on Danny's life. 'Take Seven' has them become involved in an explosive situation after coming to the aid of an attractive heiress. In 'Greensleeves' Brett returns to the derelict Sinclair family home when he discovers that it has acquired a new and unwanted occupant. 'Powerswitch' has Danny and Brett investigate the murder of a beautiful girl whose body is found floating in the Cote d'Azure. 'The Time and Place' sees the duo's attempts to help a pretty young woman backfire when she disappears and the body of a dead man turns up nearby. In 'Someone Like Me' Danny encounters someone who is masquerading as Brett. 'Anyone Can Play' sees Danny playing the roulette tables in Brighton as a result of being mistaken for a communist paymaster. 'The Old, the New and the Deadly' has Danny and Brett become involved with an embittered ex-Nazi. 'Chain of Events' sees Danny chained to an attache case containing a bomb when he and Brett go camping. In 'That's Me Over There' Danny poses as Brett in order to expose a corrupt millionaire, but his ploy goes awry when the real Brett is kidnapped. 'The Long Goodbye' finds Danny and Brett investigating a case of murder after discovering a skeleton in a crashed plane. 'The Man in the Middle' has Brett go undercover at a dangerous secret rendezvous. 'Element of Risk' sees Danny pinned with some bullion robbery charges. 'A Home of One's Own' has Danny stumble upon a nest of criminal activity when he buys a cottage in the country. 'Nuisance Value' finds Danny caught up in the aftermath of a fake kidnapping plot. In 'The Morning After' Brett wakes up to discover that he is a married man. 'Read and Destroy' sees Brett and Danny on the case of a spy who plans to publish his memoirs and thereby reveal all his contacts. 'A Death in the Family' finds the globe-trotting duo on the trail of a killer who has been bumping off Brett's relatives. 'The Ozerov Inheritance' concerns a private journal and an old lady's marriage to a member of the Russian Royal family. 'To the Death, Baby' has Brett and Danny try to place a spanner in the works when a gigolo begins courting an heiress. Finally, in 'Someone Waiting', Brett becomes the object of murderous attentions when he takes up racing driving again.
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