The Middle Watch (1940 film)
The Middle Watch is a 1940 British comedy film, directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Fred Emney and Kay Walsh. It was produced by Associated British Picture Corporation at their Welwyn Studios, it was based on a play of the same title by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall, adapted as a film in 1930, and, adapted again in 1958. This comedy film features battleship Captain Maitland celebrating a bon voyage party, he discovers two stowaways, attractive young women, but much too late to turn back. Despite the captain's efforts to hide them, they are soon discovered, with predictable consequences. Jack Buchanan - Captain Maitland Greta Gynt - Mary Carlton Fred Emney - Admiral Sir Reginald Hewett Kay Walsh - Fay Featon David Hutcheson - Commander Baddeley Leslie Fuller - Marine Ogg Bruce Seton - Captain Randall Martita Hunt - Lady Elizabeth Hewett Louise Hampton - Charlotte Hopkinson Romney Brent - Ah Fong Jean Gillie - Betty Hewett Ronald Shiner - the ship's engineer Reginald Purdell - Corporal Duckett Mackenzie, S. P.
British War Films, 1939-1945. Continuum, 2003; the Middle Watch at AllMovie The Middle Watch at the British Film Institute's Film and TV Database The Middle Watch on IMDb
Viscount Exmouth, of Canonteign in the County of Devon, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The title was created in 1st Baron Exmouth, he had been created a baronet in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 18 March 1796 for rescuing the crew of the East Indiaman Dutton. After a succession of commands culminating as Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet, he was created Baron Exmouth, of Canonteign in the County of Devon, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1814, he was created a Viscount, with the same designation, for the successful bombardment of Algiers in 1816, which secured the release of the 1,000 Christian slaves in the city. He was succeeded by the second Viscount, who represented Launceston in Parliament. On the death in 1922 of the second Viscount's great-grandson, the fifth Viscount, this line of the family failed, he was succeeded by the sixth Viscount. He was the son of the Very Reverend and Hon. George Pellew, Dean of Norwich, third son of the first Viscount. Due to having become a U.
S. citizen, due to his advanced age, the sixth Viscount did not use his title for the brief period he held it, nor did he claim his seat in the House of Lords. Only six months after succeeding to his titles, the sixth Viscount died, he was succeeded by his son, the seventh Viscount, a naturalised U. S. citizen and professor of chemistry. Having succeeded to the peerage, the seventh Viscount returned to England in 1923 and again became a British subject, taking his seat in the House of Lords in 1931. Upon his death without any surviving issue in 1945, this line of the family failed; the title passed to the seventh Viscount's second cousin, the eighth Viscount. He was fourth son of the first Viscount, his son, the ninth Viscount, married María Luisa de Urquijo y Losada, Marquesa de Olías, a title of Spanish nobility, created by King Philip IV in 1652. They were succeeded in their respective titles by their son, Paul Pellew, the tenth and current Viscount; the family seat was Canonteign House, near Exeter in Devon.
Edward Pellew, 1st Baron Exmouth, created Viscount Exmouth in 1816 Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth Pownoll Pellew, 2nd Viscount Exmouth Edward Pellew, 3rd Viscount Exmouth Edward Fleetwood John Pellew, 4th Viscount Exmouth Edward Addington Hargreaves Pellew, 5th Viscount Exmouth Henry Edward Pellew, 6th Viscount Exmouth Charles E. Pellew, 7th Viscount Exmouth Edward Irving Pownoll Pellew, 8th Viscount Exmouth Pownoll Irving Edward Pellew, 9th Viscount Exmouth Paul Pellew, 10th Viscount Exmouth The heir apparent is the present holder's son, the Hon. Edward Francis Pellew. Kidd, Williamson, David. Debrett's Baronetage. New York: St Martin's Press, 1990. Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Paul Edward Pellew, 10th Viscount Exmouth
Ronald Elwin Neame CBE BSC was an English film producer, director and screenwriter. Beginning his career as a cinematographer, for his work on the British war film One of Our Aircraft Is Missing he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Special Effects. During a partnership with director David Lean, he produced Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, receiving two Academy Award nominations for writing. Neame moved into directing, some notable films included, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which won Maggie Smith her first Oscar, the action-adventure disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, he directed I Could Go On Singing, Judy Garland's last film, Scrooge, starring Albert Finney, For his contributions to the film industry, Neame was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest award the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker. Neame's parents were the actress Ivy Close, he studied at University College Hurstpierpoint College.
His father died in 1923, Neame took a job with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company as an office boy. Through his mother's contacts in the British film industry, Neame started at Elstree Studios as a messenger boy, he was fortunate enough to be hired as an assistant cameraman on Blackmail, the first British talkie, directed by a young Alfred Hitchcock. Neame's own career as a cinematographer began with the musical comedy Happy, he continued to develop his skills in various "quota quickies" films for several years, his credits as cinematographer include Major Barbara, In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit. His camera work on One of Our Aircraft Is Missing got him an Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects in 1943. Neame formed a production company, with David Lean and Anthony Havelock-Allan. During this partnership, he produced Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, he shared Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay for Brief Encounter, in 1947, Great Expectations, in 1948, with co-writers Lean and Havelock-Allan.
Neame produced The Magic Box, a screen biography directed by John Boulting about the life of British camera inventor William Friese-Greene, the film project for the Festival of Britain. Neame made his directorial debut under the Cineguild banner, with Take My Life, released by British producer J. Arthur Rank's General Film Distributors in the United Kingdom in 1947 and by Rank's Eagle-Lion Films in the United States in 1949. Neame began a transition to the American film industry at the suggestion of Rank, who asked him to study the Hollywood production system, he worked again with Alec Guinness, this time as director, in three films: The Card, The Horse's Mouth, Tunes of Glory. Neame described Tunes of Glory as "the film I am proudest of", he received two BAFTA Award nominations for Tunes of Glory. Neame and Guinness worked again on the musical Scrooge with Guinness playing the ghost of Jacob Marley to Albert Finney's Ebenezer Scrooge. Neame directed I Could Go On Singing. Neame was recruited to direct The Poseidon Adventure after the contracted director left the production.
He characterised The Poseidon Adventure as "my favourite film" because it earned him enough to retire comfortably. He enjoyed a long friendship with Walter Matthau, whom he directed in two films and First Monday in October. Neame's final feature-length film, Foreign Body, a comedy starring Victor Banerjee, was filmed in England and released in 1986. In 1996, Neame was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contributions to the film industry, he had homes in California. In 2003, Neame published Straight from the Horse's Mouth. Neame married Beryl Heanly in 1933, they separated in 1971 and divorced in 1992. The couple had a writer/producer who died one year after his father's death. Ronald's only grandson, Gareth Neame, is a successful television producer, who represents the fourth generation of Neames in the film industry. Ronnie Neame's second marriage took place in Santa Barbara on 12 September 1993, his wife, Donna Bernice Friedberg, is in the business – a film researcher and television producer, who worked on his 1979 movie Meteor.
He referred to their meeting as a "coup de foudre". Neame died on 16 June 2010 after suffering complications from a broken leg; the break required two surgical procedures from. In an interview in 2006, he jokingly stated, "When people ask me about the secret to my longevity, I say the honest answer is two large vodkas at lunchtime and three large scotches in the evening. All my doctors have said to me,'Ronnie, if you would drink less, you'd live a lot longer.' But, they're all dead, I'm still here at 95." Cinematographer Meteor Neame, Ronald. Straight from the Horse's Mouth. Lanham, Maryland & Oxford: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4490-7. Ronald Neame on IMDb Ronald Neame at the BFI's Screenonline Ronald Neame: Director, writer and cinematographer celebrated for bringing the best out of his actors, Tom Vallance, The Independent, 22 June 2010
Oliver Twist (1948 film)
Oliver Twist is a 1948 British film and the second of David Lean's two film adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. Following the success of his 1946 version of Great Expectations, Lean re-assembled much of the same team for his adaptation of Dickens' 1838 novel, including producers Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan, cinematographer Guy Green, designer John Bryan and editor Jack Harris. Lean's then-wife, Kay Walsh, who had collaborated on the screenplay for Great Expectations, played the role of Nancy. John Howard Davies was cast as Oliver, while Alec Guinness portrayed Fagin and Robert Newton played Bill Sikes. In 1999, the British Film Institute placed it at 46th in its list of the top 100 British films. In 2005 it was named in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14. A young woman in labour makes her way to a parish workhouse and dies after giving birth to a boy, systematically named Oliver Twist by the workhouse authorities; as the years go by, Oliver and the rest of the child inmates suffer from the callous indifference of the officials in charge: beadle Mr. Bumble and matron Mrs. Corney.
At the age of nine, the hungry children draw straws. For his impudence, he is promptly apprenticed to the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry, from whom he receives somewhat better treatment. However, when another worker, maligns his dead mother, Oliver flies into a rage and attacks him, earning the orphan a whipping. Oliver runs away to London; the Artful Dodger, a skilled young pickpocket, notices him and takes him to Fagin, an old Jew who trains children to be pickpockets. Fagin sends Oliver to watch and learn as the Dodger and another boy try to rob Mr. Brownlow, a rich, elderly gentleman, their attempt is detected, but it is Oliver, chased through the streets by a mob and arrested. A witness clears him. Mr. Brownlow takes a liking to the boy, gives him a home. Oliver experiences the kind of happy life he has never had before, under the care of Mr. Brownlow and the loving housekeeper, Mrs. Bedwin. Meanwhile, Fagin is visited by the mysterious Monks, he sends Monks to Mrs. Corney. By chance, Fagin's associate, the vicious Bill Sykes, Sykes' kind-hearted prostitute girlfriend Nancy run into Oliver on the street and forcibly take him back to Fagin.
Nancy feels pangs of guilt and, seeing a poster in which Mr. Brownlow offers a reward for Oliver's return, contacts the gentleman and promises to deliver Oliver the next day; the suspicious Fagin, has had the Dodger follow her. When Fagin informs Sykes, the latter becomes enraged and murders her, mistakenly believing that she has betrayed him; the killing brings down the wrath of the public on the gang — Sykes who attempts to make his escape by taking Oliver hostage. Clambering over the rooftops, with climbing rope hung around his neck, Sykes is shot by one of the mob and is accidentally hanged as he loses his footing. Mr. Brownlow and the authorities rescue Oliver. Fagin and his other associates are rounded up. Monks' part in the proceedings is discovered, he is arrested, he was trying to ensure his inheritance. For their involvement in Monks' scheme, Mr. and Mrs. Bumble lose their jobs at the workhouse. Oliver is reunited with his newly found grandfather and Mrs. Bedwin, his search for love ending in fulfilment.
Alec Guinness's portrayal of Fagin and his make-up was considered anti-semitic by some as it was felt to perpetuate Jewish racial stereotypes. Guinness wore heavy make-up, including a large prosthetic nose, to make him look like the character as he appeared in George Cruikshank's illustrations in the first edition of the novel. At the start of production, the Production Code Administration had advised David Lean to "bear in mind the advisability of omitting from the portrayal of Fagin any elements or inference that would be offensive to any specific racial group or religion." Lean commissioned the make-up artist Stuart Freeborn to create Fagin's features. In a screen test featuring Guinness in toned-down make-up, Fagin was said to resemble Jesus Christ. On this basis, Lean decided to continue filming with a faithful reproduction of Cruikshank's Fagin, pointing out that Fagin was not explicitly identified as Jewish in the screenplay; the March 1949 release of the film in Germany was met with protests outside the Kurbel Cinema by Jewish objectors.
The Mayor of Berlin, Ernst Reuter, was a signatory to their petition which called for the withdrawal of the film. The depiction of Fagin was considered problematic in the recent aftermath of the Holocaust; as a result of objections by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and the New York Board of Rabbis, the film was not released in the United States until 1951, with seven minutes of profile shots and other parts of Guinness's performance cut. It received great acclaim from critics, unlike Lean's Great Expectations, another Dickens adaptation, no Oscar nominations; the film was banned in Israel for anti-semitism. It was banned in Egypt for portraying Fagin too sympathetically. Beginning in the 1970s, the full-length version of Lean's film began to be shown in the United States, it is that version whic
Hunted is a black-and-white British film directed by Charles Crichton and released in 1952. Hunted is a crime drama in the form of a chase film, starring Dirk Bogarde, written by Jack Whittingham and Michael McCarthy, it was produced by Julian Wintle and edited by Gordon Hales and Geoffrey Muller, with cinematography by Eric Cross and music by Hubert Clifford. Hunted can be seen as an unusual example of the buddy film genre; the film won the Golden Leopard award at the 1952 Locarno International Film Festival. Robbie, an orphaned 6-year-old boy, has been placed with uncaring and harsh adoptive parents in London. Having accidentally set a small fire in the house, fearing he will receive severe punishment as he has in the past for misdemeanours, he flees into the London streets, he takes shelter in a derelict bombed-out building, where he stumbles across Chris Lloyd and the body of the man Lloyd has just killed – his wife's employer, who Lloyd had discovered was having an affair with his wife. Now on the run, aware that Robbie is the only witness to his crime, Lloyd realises that he will have to get out of London and that he has no option but to take the boy with him.
The film follows the pair as they travel northwards towards Scotland with the police in somewhat baffled pursuit, charts the developing relationship between the two. Lloyd regards Robbie dismissively, as an unwanted inconvenience, while Robbie is wary and suspicious of Lloyd; as their journey progresses however, the pair develop a strong bond of friendship and common cause, with both feeling they have burned their bridges and now have nothing to lose. They reach a small Scottish fishing port, where Lloyd steals a boat and sets sail for Ireland. During the voyage Robbie falls ill, Lloyd turns the boat back towards Scotland, where he knows the police are waiting for him. Dirk Bogarde as Chris Lloyd Jon Whiteley as Robbie Elizabeth Sellars as Magda Lloyd Kay Walsh as Mrs. Sykes Frederick Piper as Mr. Sykes Julian Somers as Jack Lloyd Jane Aird as Mrs. Campbell Jack Stewart as Mr. Campbell Geoffrey Keen as Detective Inspector Drakin Douglas Blackwell as Detective Sergeant Grayson Leonard White as Police Station Sergeant Gerald Anderson as Assistant Commissioner Denis Webb as Chief Superintendent Gerald Case as Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Bushelle as Chief Inspector Jon Whiteley was cast after a friend of Charles Crichton heard him reciting "The Owl and the Pussycat" on radio on The Children's Hour.
He was cast. Much of the film was shot with three main areas being used; the early London exterior scenes were shot in the Pimlico/Victoria area, which at the time still had derelict corners showing evidence of wartime damage. The location chosen for the scenes set in the English Midlands was the area in and around Stoke-on-Trent, with its distinctive industrial skyline of factory chimneys and giant pottery kilns; the railway sequence in this section was shot on the now-defunct Potteries Loop Line, this scene has come to be regarded as significant by British railway enthusiasts as it provides a rare filmic depiction of the long-gone line in operation. Scottish filming took place in the vicinity of Portpatrick in Wigtownshire and featured the fishing boat'Mizpah' BA-11 built by Noble of Girvan. Hunted on IMDb Hunted at AllMovie Discussion of filming locations of Hunted @ britmovie.net
Basil Herbert Dean CBE was an English actor, film producer/film director and theatrical producer/director. He is best remembered for the Entertainments National Service Association or ENSA, an organisation set up in 1939 by Dean and Leslie Henson to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War II. Born in Croydon, south London, Dean started his career in showbusiness in London as a West End stage actor, later became a theatrical producer, he moved into the film industry and in the early 1930s founded Associated Talking Pictures. He worked alongside Gracie Fields and George Formby, among other entertainers; when World War II started, he left the film industry and became the head of ENSA, the government-sponsored body responsible for bringing live performances to the armed services. He was awarded the CBE for his work with ENSA, which he described in a book called The Theatre at War, his wives included Esther Van Gruisen. Earlier, Dean had a relationship with one of his theatre and film stars Meggie Albanesi and after her early death in 1923 continued to be obsessed with her.
Dean died in Westminster, London in 1978 from a heart attack at the age of 89. His son Winton became a musicologist; the Constant Nymph The Return of Sherlock Holmes Escape Birds of Prey Sally in Our Alley Nine till Six Love on the Spot Looking on the Bright Side The Impassive Footman The Water Gipsies The Sign of Four A Honeymoon Adventure Three Men in a Boat Skipper of the Osprey Loyalties Autumn Crocus Love and Laughter Java Head Sing As We Go Lorna Doone Look Up and Laugh Midshipman Easy No Limit The Lonely Road Laburnum Grove Keep Your Seats, Please Whom the Gods Love Queen of Hearts The Show Goes On Keep Fit Feather Your Nest Penny Paradise It's in the Air When We Are Married 21 Days I Believe in You The Gentle Gunman The Constant Nymph The Return of Sherlock Holmes Escape Birds of Prey Nine Till Six Looking on the Bright Side The Impassive Footman Loyalties The Constant Nymph Autumn Crocus Sing As We Go Lorna Doone Look Up and Laugh Whom the Gods Love The Show Goes On 21 Days The Constant Nymph The Return of Sherlock Holmes Escape Birds of Prey Looking on the Bright Side The Water Gipsies A Honeymoon Adventure The Constant Nymph Autumn Crocus Sensation The Show Goes On Penny Paradise The Constant Nymph 21 Days The Constant Nymph Touch Wood Call It a Day Autumn Basil Dean on IMDb Basil Dean at the BFI's Screenonline Basil Dean Papers at the John Rylands Library, Manchester
Stage Fright (1950 film)
Stage Fright is a 1950 British film noir thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding and Richard Todd. Others in the cast include Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Kay Walsh, Hitchcock's daughter Pat Hitchcock in her movie debut, Joyce Grenfell in a humorous vignette; the story was adapted for the screen by Whitfield Cook, Ranald MacDougall and Alma Reville, with additional dialogue by James Bridie, based on the novel Man Running by Selwyn Jepson. Eve Gill is an aspiring actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she is interrupted in rehearsal by her friend, actor Jonathan Cooper, the secret lover of flamboyant stage actress/singer Charlotte Inwood. Via a flashback, he says. Jonathan claims he went back to her house for another dress, but was seen by Nellie Goode, Charlotte's cockney maid/dresser, he needs help. Eve takes him to her father's house on the coast to hide. Commodore Gill notices. Jonathan angrily destroys the dress and thus the most useful piece of evidence.
Eve starts to investigate. She hears. While she is there, Eve meets Detective Inspector Wilfred O. Smith, they become friendly. Eve poses as a reporter. Using her acting skills, Eve starts working for Charlotte. Eve discovers Charlotte is having an affair with her manager Freddie Williams. Eve and "Ordinary" Smith become more friendly; when Smith visits Charlotte, Eve has to disguise the fact that she is "Doris" the maid. Smith makes a courtship visit to Eve and her mother at home, where the commodore drops subtle hints that Jonathan has left the seaside house. Despite her widowed status, Charlotte continues to perform her West End musical show. Jonathan comes to her dressing room asking her to accompany him abroad, she casually tells him no. The police search for Jonathan, Eve again helps him escape, he hides at the Gill's London residence. He is grateful to Eve. Smith and Eve kiss in a taxi on the way to the RADA garden party, where Nellie Goode confronts Eve, demanding more blackmail money. Eve does not have enough, so Eve's father comes to give Nellie more cash.
Freddie Williams spots Eve and orders her to help Charlotte, to sing on stage in a tent. During the performance, Commodore Gill gets a small boy to carry a doll wearing a bloodstained dress onto the stage as Charlotte sings "La Vie en Rose". Charlotte collapses and "Doris" has to help. Seeing this, Smith confronts Eve and the commodore, but Eve proclaims her true affection for Smith as well as Jonathan's innocence, they persuade Smith to set Charlotte up. Once the theatre has closed, they use a hidden microphone and "Doris" tells Charlotte she has the bloodstained dress. Smith and his men listen using the theatre loudspeakers. Charlotte admits planning her husband's death, but says that Jonathan committed the murder. Charlotte offers Eve 10,000 pounds to keep quiet. Eve sees that Jonathan has been brought to the theatre by the police. Charlotte realizes her conversation with Eve was broadcast to the detectives, that she will be charged as an accessory to murder. Detective Smith tells the commodore that Jonathan did kill Mr. Inwood and that Jonathan has killed before, though he got off on a plea of self-defence.
Hiding below stage, Jonathan confesses to Eve. His flashback story was all lies, he was the one who smeared more blood onto the dress, he alludes to killing Eve in order to justify a plea for insanity in court. Eve pretends to help Jonathan escape, but locks him onto the stage and alerts the police about his presence; as Jonathan is pursued from all directions and cornered, he is killed by the stage's falling safety curtain. Jane Wyman as Eve Gill Marlene Dietrich as Charlotte Inwood Michael Wilding as Wilfred "Ordinary" Smith Richard Todd as Jonathan Cooper Alastair Sim as Commodore Gill Sybil Thorndike as Mrs. Gill Kay Walsh as Nellie Goode Miles Malleson as Mr. Fortesque Hector MacGregor as Freddie Williams Joyce Grenfell as'Lovely Ducks' André Morell as Inspector Byard Patricia Hitchcock as Chubby Bannister Ballard Berkeley as Sergeant Mellish Gordon Bell as Chauffeur Though Hitchcock had lived and worked in Hollywood since 1939, this mystery/thriller, mixed with humour, was made in London locations.
The only members of the cast who are not British are the two top-billed stars: Dietrich. Featured is an original Cole Porter song, "The Laziest Gal in Town", performed by Dietrich in a sultry fashion. Dietrich's costumes were designed by Christian Dior. Dietrich was allowed an unprecedented control of her shots by Hitchcock during the filming; when asked during the filming about working with the famously controlling, technically adept Dietrich, Hitchcock replied "Everything is fine. Miss Dietrich has arranged the whole thing, she has told them where to place the lights and how to photograph her." He said of Dietrich "Marlene was a professional star. She was a professional cameraman, art director, costume designer, makeup woman, composer and director." Stage Fright