Expert Film Handler
From: Letchworth Garden City, Herts
Registered: Aug 2008
posted December 22, 2010 05:24 PM
I'll keep trying to get something in here about our fortnightly film shows!! So:-
Group 9.5 London Meetings
St. Gabriel's Parish House,Churchill Gardens,Pimlico, London SW1. Fortnightly on Saturday evenings beginning at 7.30pm prompt.
JANUARY 8th This evening's main film is the feature 'Joey Boy' (GB 1965). A British Lion production written and directed by Frank Launder. It is an army comedy with Harry H. Corbett, Stanley Baxter, Bill Fraser, Reg Vamey, Percy Herbert and Lance Percival. Some short material will complete the programme, presented on 16mm by David Erskine.
JANUARY 22nd A rare British feature has become available, so tonight we show ‘The Strange Adventures of Mr. Smith' that was made in 1937. A light drama directed by Maclean Rogers and probably a quota production running at just 70 minutes. It stars Gus McNaughton and Eve Gray supported by Norma Varden, Aubrey Mallalieu, Bill Shine, Hal waters and a young Michael Ripper. Some short films will also be included, all on 16 mm from the David Erskine collection.
FEBRUARY 5th The Devil Bat' (US 1940) is a short feature with Bela Lugosi and Dave 0' Brien. A horror hokum where a crazed scientist trains bats to kill at the scent of a certain perfume. Directed by Jean Yarbrough with production and release by P. R.C. it was released on 9.5mm and edited down to 6 reels. We now screen it complete on 16mm at 68 minutes. Short films will complete the programme, presented for us by Grahame Newnham.
FEBRUARY 19th Our main film is 'A Jolly Bad Fellow' (GB 1964). A comedy of murders featuring Leo McKern, Janet Munro, Dennis Price, Maxine Audley, Leonard Rossiter, Miles Malleson and others. It was written by Robert Hamer and directed by Don Chaffey. Projected by Anthony Saffrey on 16mm with a complement of support material.
MARCH 5th Regarded as a classic by many The Smallest Show on Earth' (GB 1957) is another comedy concerning the ups and downs of running a fleapit cinema. Its character stars are stars are Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Bernard Miles, Bill Travers and Virginia
McKenna. It was directed by Basil Dearden and produced by Michael Relph. This film carries a sentimental attachment for old cinemas. It is presented by Bryan Pearce and he will also show some interesting short films to complete the evening, and all on 16mm.
MARCH 19th Tonight's feature is 'Land Without Music' (GB 1936). Directed by Walter Forde, it is a musical with many songs and concerns a princess who bans music from her country so that her citizens will concentrate on improving the economy. It stars Richard Tauber, Diana Napier, June Clyde and Jimmy Durante. Pathescope released it on 9.5mm in 1940 giving us 6 reels. As Grahame Newnham has a print on 16mm, we can see it complete at 80 minutes. Grahame will also include some supporting footage.
APRIL 2nd St. Gabriel's annual Spring Fair. The doors will open at 10.30am and still only £1 for admission. Many traders plus the popular bring and buy. Light refreshments will be on sale. Non-members and friends welcome.
Cheers, David E
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