Percy (1971 film)
Percy is a 1971 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas starring Hywel Bennett, Denholm Elliott, Elke Sommer and Britt Ekland. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Hitchcock, is today remembered for its soundtrack by The Kinks, it was followed by a 1974 sequel, Percy's Progress. Edwin, an innocent and shy young man, is hit by a nude man falling from a high-rise building while carrying a chandelier. Edwin's penis is mutilated in the accident and has to be amputated. Edwin becomes the recipient of the world's first penis transplant: he receives the large penis of the womanizer killed in the same accident. With his new bit of anatomy, Edwin follows the womanizer's footsteps, meeting all his women friends, before settling with the donor's mistreated widow. Hywel Bennett – Edwin Anthony Denholm Elliott – Emmanuel Whitbread Elke Sommer – Helga Britt Ekland – Dorothy Chiltern-Barlow Cyd Hayman – Moira Warrington Janet Key – Hazel Anthony Tracey Crisp – Miss Elder Antonia Ellis – Rita La Rousse Tracy Reed – Mrs. Penney Patrick Mower – James Vaile Pauline Delaney – Sister Flanagan Adrienne Posta – Maggie Hyde Julia Foster – Marilyn Sheila Steafel – Mrs. Gold Arthur English – Pub Comic Angus MacKay – TV producer Rita Webb – Mrs. Hedges Charles Hodgson – TV interviewer Sue Lloyd – Bernice Denise Coffey – Operator #1 Edward Malin – Elderly patient Margaretta Scott – Rita's Mother Graham Crowden – Alfred Spaulton T. P. McKenna – Meet the People Compere Tony Haygarth – Purdey Ronnie Brody – Reporter Penny Brahms – Football Spectator George Best – Himself Producer Betty E. Box discovered the novel when she and director Ralph Thomas were meeting a publisher about optioning the film rights for another book.
They were not available at the time, but the publisher gave them a manuscript by Raymond Hitchcock about a penis transplant. Box took it back to the office to read. "I zipped through it, laughing aloud as I read", she wrote. "Very unusual. I might sometimes smile at a book, but I hadn't laughed like this since I read Richard Gordon's Doctor in the House."Ralph Thomas enjoyed the book too so they decided to option the rights. These ended up costing four times more than Box thought after Hichcock had his own agent, as opposed to the publisher, do the negotiations. Box and Thomas paid for the rights themselves "not without a fair amount of heart-searching", Box wrote, "as we didn't expect it to be a straightforward financing operation – with the amount required to make a film it is – but this was not a subject I expected Rank, our traditional partners, to finance, they soon turned it down without reading it."Finance was obtained from Nat Cohen at EMI Films. The famous poster was designed by John Troke, a publicist who had introduced Box to the book of Doctor in the House 15 years earlier.
A script was prepared by Hugh Leonard while Thomas and Box filmed Doctor in Trouble. During the making of the film, another comedy about a penis was being shot, The Statue. Box always regarded this as a rip off; the film was unable to be screened in Australia until the "R" certificate was introduced. Percy was the 8th most popular film at the British box office in 1971. According to Nat Cohen, it made a profit of ₤500,000. Box says that Raymond Hitchcock was delighted with the film and thought Hywel Bennett was close to his original James Anthony. Thomas and box agreed to make a sequel provided Nat Cohen finance a film they wanted to make about the Byron-Shelley story, The Reckless Years; however Cohen reneged on the deal and only made the sequel. Percy on IMDb
South Wales is the region of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south, mid Wales to the north, west Wales to the west. With an estimated population of around 2.2 million, three-quarters of the whole of Wales, Cardiff has 400,000, Swansea has 250,000 and Newport has 150,000. The region is loosely defined, but it is considered to include the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, extending westwards to include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. In the western extent, from Swansea westwards, local people would recognise that they lived in both south Wales and west Wales; the Brecon Beacons national park covers about a third of South Wales, containing Pen y Fan, the highest British mountain south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. Between the Statute of Rhuddlan of 1284 and the Laws in Wales Act 1535, crown land in Wales formed the Principality of Wales; this was divided into a Principality of North Wales. The southern principality was made up of the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, areas, part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth.
The legal responsibility for this area lay in the hands of the Justiciar of South Wales based at Carmarthen. Other parts of southern Wales were in the hands of various Marcher Lords; the Laws in Wales Acts 1542 created the Court of Great Sessions in Wales based on four legal circuits. The Brecon circuit served the counties of Brecknockshire and Glamorgan while the Carmarthen circuit served Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. Monmouthshire was attached to the Oxford circuit for judicial purposes; these seven southern counties were thus differentiated from the six counties of north Wales. The Court of the Great Sessions came to an end in 1830, but the counties survived until the Local Government Act 1972 which came into operation in 1974; the creation of the county of Powys merged one northern county with two southern ones. There are thus different concepts of south Wales. Glamorgan and Monmouthshire are accepted by all as being in south Wales, but the status of Breconshire or Carmarthenshire, for instance, is more debatable.
In the western extent, from Swansea westwards, local people might feel that they live in both south Wales and west Wales. Areas to the north of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are considered to be in Mid Wales. A further point of uncertainty is whether the first element of the name should be capitalized:'south Wales' or'South Wales'; as the name is a geographical expression rather than a specific area with well-defined borders, style guides such as those of the BBC and The Guardian use the form'south Wales'. The South Wales Valleys and upland mountain ridges were once a rural area noted for its river valleys and ancient forests and lauded by romantic poets such as William Wordsworth as well as poets in the Welsh language, although the interests of the latter lay more in society and culture than in the evocation of natural scenery; this natural environment changed to a considerable extent during the early Industrial Revolution when the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire valley areas were exploited for coal and iron.
By the 1830s, hundreds of tons of coal were being transported by barge to ports in Cardiff and Newport. In the 1870s, coal was transported by rail transport networks to Newport Docks, at the time the largest coal exporting docks in the world, by the 1880s coal was being exported from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan; the Marquess of Bute, who owned much of the land north of Cardiff, built a steam railway system on his land that stretched from Cardiff into many of the South Wales Valleys where the coal was being found. Lord Bute charged fees per ton of coal, transported out using his railways. With coal mining and iron smelting being the main trades of south Wales, many thousands of immigrants from the Midlands, Ireland and Italy came and set up homes and put down roots in the region. Many came from other coal mining areas such as Somerset, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and the tin mines of Cornwall such as Geevor Tin Mine, as a large but experienced and willing workforce was required. Whilst some of the migrants left, many settled and established in the South Wales Valleys between Swansea and Abergavenny as English-speaking communities with a unique identity.
Industrial workers were housed in cottages and terraced houses close to the mines and foundries in which they worked. The large influx over the years caused overcrowding which led to outbreaks of Cholera, on the social and cultural side, the near-loss of the Welsh language in the area; the 1930s inter-war Great Depression in the United Kingdom saw the loss of half of the coal pits in the South Wales Coalfield, their number declined further in the years following World War II. This number is now low, following the UK miners' strike, the last'traditional' deep-shaft mine, Tower Colliery, closed in January 2008. Despite the intense industrialisation of the coal mining valleys, many parts of the landscape of South Wales such as the upper Neath valley, the Vale of Glamorgan and the valleys of the River Usk and River Wye remain distinctly beautiful and unspoilt and have been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. In addition, many once industrialised sites have reverted to wilderness, some provided with a series of cycle tracks and other outdoor amenities.
Large areas of forestry and open moorland contribute to the amenity of the landscape. Merthyr Tydfil grew around the Dowlais Ironworks, founded to exploit the locally abundant seams of ir
Cry of the Banshee
Cry of the Banshee is a 1970 horror film directed by Gordon Hessler and starring Vincent Price as an evil witchhunter. The film was released by American International Pictures; the film costars Elizabeth Bergner, Hilary Dwyer, Hugh Griffith. The title credit sequence was animated by Terry Gilliam; the film is set in Elizabethan England and revolves around a wicked magistrate who tries to kill all the members of a coven of witches. It opens, like many Vincent Price movies, with a quote from Edgar Allan Poe—in this case, "The Bells". Lord Edward Whitman, as magistrate presides over the trial of a young woman. Ruling that she is a witch, he has her branded, whipped through the streets placed in the village stocks; that night, Lord Edward hosts a feast as his henchmen search the countryside for the killers of a sheep. Two poor and ragged-looking teenagers are pulled into the hall. A burst of wolf-like howling from outside the walls warns that they may be "devil-marked" and, in conflict, both teens are killed.
His wife calls Whitman a murderer for this. As his eldest son Sean rapes his father's wife, Lord Whitman begins mumbling he wants to "clean up" the witches in the area. Assisted by his two older sons, Whitman goes hunting in the hills for witches, his armed posse breaks up what is meant to be a witches' Black Sabbath. He kills several of them, tells the rest to scatter to the hills and never return; this angers the leader of Oona. To get revenge on the Whitman clan, Oona calls up a magical servant, a "sidhe", to destroy the lord's family; the demonic beast takes possession of the friendly, decent young servant, that free-spirited Maureen Whitman has been in love with for years. The servant turned. Harry, Whitman's son from Cambridge, Father Tom find Oona and her coven conjuring the death of Maureen and kill Oona. At that moment, attacking Maureen, breaks off and leaves her, he soon attacks Lord Edward. During this attack, Maureen shoots the demon in the head with a blunderbuss killing him. Exhilarated that the curse is over, Whitman plans to leave the house with his two remaining children by coach.
On the way, he stops at the cemetery. To his horror, he finds the coffin empty, hurries back to the coach. Once inside, he finds both Maureen dead, it is revealed that Bully Boy, the coach's driver, was murdered by Roderick, now driving the coach. The film ends with Whitman screeching his driver's name in terror as the coach heads for parts unknown. Vincent Price - Lord Edward Whitman Essy Persson - Lady Patricia Whitman Elizabeth Bergner - Oona Hugh Griffith - Mickey Patrick Mower - Roderick Hilary Dwyer - Maureen Whitman Sally Geeson - Sarah Stephan Chase - Sean Whitman Carl Rigg - Harry Whitman Marshall Jones - Father Tom Andrew McCulloch - Bully Boy Michael Elphick - Burke Robert Hutton - Party Guest Peter Benson - uncredited The titular "cry of the banshee" is a signal that someone will die; this is a Celtic legend about a type of ghost, has nothing to do with Satanism - no banshee appears in the film. The film was played at the first Quentin Tarantino Film Festival in 1997 at the Dobie residence hall near the University of Texas.
It is mentioned from his 1998 album Hellbilly Deluxe. The opening credits were created by Terry Gilliam; the film was promoted with a poem, spuriously attributed to Edgar Allan Poe:Who spurs the beast the corpse will ride? Who cries the cry that kills? When Satan questioned, who replied? Whence blows this wind that chills? Who walks amongst these empty graves And seeks a place to lie?'Tis something God ne'er had planned, A thing that ne'er had learned to die. The title of the film inspired the name of The Banshees. Gordon Hessler hired Chris Wicking to rewrite it. Hessler says he would have got Wicking to change it further and improving the witch characters - but AIP would not let him. Hessler said "The film was sold and we had to have it finished by a certain time." He and Wicking went to Scotland to make a different picture about witches. They researched their history and made the witches more sympathetic. Hessler says "the whole of AIP got so alarmed, they said that we could alter it 10 percent, but no more than that.
So all of our work went down the drain on Cry of the Banshee Out of all the films I did for AIP, I think it's the least interesting."Wicking says he saw the film as a Jacobean revenge tragedy "but I didn't want to tell anybody that because they'd hate that." Elisabeth Berger made her first appearance in an English film in 30 years. Hessler says AIP's head of British production "Deke" Hayward "would try to find some well known actor to dress up the picture--who at least Americans would be familiar with--which was a good idea." For this film Hayward suggested. "She was marvelous, out of her depths and aged at the time, playing a strange part. But she gave it her everything." Price says Berger told him she took the part "because she wanted to be seen". Hessler thought Hilary Dwyer was under contract to AIP. "I don't know what the situation was, but they liked her and they kept pushing you to use certain actors. I guess the management must have thought she was star material or something like that."
Filming started November 1969. It took place at the former home of W. S. Gilbert, Harrow Weald. "It's
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality
Cowley in Oxford, England, is a residential and industrial area that forms a small conurbation within greater Oxford. Cowley's neighbours are central Oxford to the northwest, Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys to the south, New Headington to the north and the villages of Horspath and Garsington across fields to the east; the Cowley area has been inhabited since Roman times. The line of a Roman road runs north-south along the eastern edge of Cowley, it linked a Roman town at Dorchester-on-Thames with a Roman military camp at Alchester near Bicester. A road called, it is starting opposite the Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus garage. Cowley coalesced from the former villages of Middle Cowley, Temple Cowley and Church Cowley, though the ancient parish of Cowley covered much of the area now known as East Oxford; the western portion of the original parish of Cowley was split off and became part of the city of Oxford in 1889, was given the name of Cowley St John, though today it is called the Cowley Road area, after the road across the fields from Oxford to Cowley villages.
The term Cowley today refers to the remainder of Cowley, which became part of the city of Oxford in 1928. However, because the settlements of Cowley were situated within the larger Cowley parishes, there are still some modern contexts when the term "Cowley" is used to refer to other areas in East Oxford outside of Cowley proper. Cowley was a manor from Mediaeval times, a 16th-century manor house stood on Oxford Road near the corner with Hollow Way. In 1139, Matilda of Boulogne founded Temple Cowley here for the Knights Templar; the house became part of the Oxford Military College, built on its grounds in the 19th century. In 1864, the Wycombe Railway between High Wycombe and Oxford was built through Cowley, but at this time the village was so small that the railway company did not provide it with a station. Cowley St. James C of E school, situated on Beauchamp Lane adjacent to the church, was established in 1834 and continued to operate as a primary school until 1975, its most famous pupil was William Morris Lord Nuffield, who founded Morris Motors, the source of a great deal of local employment leading to substantial growth in the area.
A public house is named. Another well-known pupil of the school was the actress Dame Maggie Smith. In 1866 the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a Church of England religious order, was founded near Cowley Road in the parish of Cowley. SSJE was the first long-lasting Anglican religious order for men since the Reformation; the members were known as the "Cowley Fathers". In 1868 the Eddison and Nodding Company factory was founded in Cowley. John Allen renamed it the Oxford Steam Plough Company, he renamed it again as John Allen and Sons, diversified into manufacturing other agricultural and horticultural machinery including the successful Allen Scythe powered by a small Villiers petrol engine. The works closed in the early 1980s, the John Allen Centre retail park has since been built on the site; the Oxford Military College bought the former Cowley Middle Class School in 1876. The College hall, a former manor house, was built in the early 17th century; the Chapel of 1870 was designed by the architect Edward George Bruton.
An east wing designed by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson was added in 1877. The Oxford Military College closed in 1896, developed from 1912 by William Morris as the Cowley plant. During the 1960s, the centre of Cowley was demolished and replaced with Templars Square shopping centre. In the same decade the railway between Princes Risborough and Oxford closed, but the track between Kennington Junction and Cowley remains open for freight in and out of the car factory. Between 1980 and 1992 the Headquarters of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation was located in a converted barracks building at Cowley Barracks on James Wolfe Road, Cowley; the UKWMO was the organisation responsible for initiating the famous Four-minute warning in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK and was disbanded at the end of the Cold War. Co-located with HQUKWMO was the Headquarters of No 3 Oxford Group Royal Observer Corps whose underground protected nuclear bunker at the Cowley site opened in 1965. Parts of the bunker were demolished in 1995, however most of it was refurbished including the air filtration systems.
The site now belongs to Oxford Brookes University who built student accommodation on the site, now use the former bunker as a storage facility making it the only student halls in the country with its own nuclear shelter. The Cowley area was transformed after 1912 when William Morris bought the former Oxford Military College and moved Morris Motors Limited into it from its former premises in Oxford, he expanded into "The Old Tin Shed" in 1914 and into a huge complex of purpose-built production lines in Cowley, as Morris pioneered Henry Ford-style mass production in the UK. The Great Western Railway, which had taken over the Wycombe Railway, opened a station called Morris Cowley to serve some of the thousands of workers commuting to the factory. In 1933, a goods yard was built beside the line to bring supplies into the factory and take completed vehicles away; this yard still exists and serves the current vehicle-manufacturing plant, though the railway beyond has long been lifted. From the 1920s through to the 1960s, Cowley expanded into a huge industrial centre.
In the Great Depression many people left areas of high unemployment such as S
Incense for the Damned
Incense for the Damned is a 1970 British horror film. Starring Patrick Macnee, Patrick Mower and Peter Cushing, it is based on the 1960 Simon Raven novel Doctors Wear Scarlet; the film centers on Richard Fountain, an Oxford don who has fallen under the influence of a mysterious Greek girl and her suspicious associates. Fountain's friends visit Greece to get him back and notice that wherever he has been a number of murders have taken place, they find their friend under the spell of a beautiful vampire, whose blood-sucking methods include the use of S&M sex. Believing that they have killed her, the group return to Great Britain, unaware that their friend is now a vampire. Patrick Macnee as Derek Longbow Peter Cushing as Dr. Walter Goodrich Alexander Davion as Tony Seymore Johnny Sekka as Bob Kirby Madeleine Hinde as Penelope Patrick Mower as Richard Fountain Imogen Hassall as Chriseis Edward Woodward as Dr. Holstrom William Mervyn as Marc Honeydew David Lodge as Colonel John Barron as Diplomat Shooting took place in part in Greece and Cyprus.
Money ran out during production causing filming to halt in the spring of 1969. This involved writing of new scenes with a new director. Robert Hartford-Davis, the original director, subsequently disowned the movie. Incense for the Damned on IMDb Contemporary Theatre and Television, Volumen 39 Escrito por Gale Group,Thomas Riggs