Where No Vultures Fly
Where No Vultures Fly is a 1951 British film directed by Harry Watt and starring Anthony Steel and Dinah Sheridan. It was released under the title Ivory Hunter in the United States; the film was inspired by the work of the conservationist Mervyn Cowie. The film's opening credits state that "the characters in this film are imaginary, but the story is based on the recent struggle of Mervyn Cowie to form the National Parks of Kenya." The title Where No Vultures Fly denotes areas. The film had West of Zanzibar; the film is set in East Africa. It is about a game warden called Bob Payton, he is horrified by the destruction of wild animals by ivory hunters. He establishes a wildlife sanctuary, he must contend with a villainous ivory poacher. Where No Vultures Fly was one of a series of "expeditionary films" Harry Watt made, like The Overlanders, where he would find the story from visiting a location. "These expeditionary films are journalistic jobs", he wrote later. "You get sent out to a country by the studio, stay as long as you can without being fired and a story crops up."Watt got the idea of the film after a chance remark from a game warden in Tanganyika.
He was shooting zebras and when Watt wondered if it was necessary, the warden remarked that Watt "talk like Mervyn Cowie". This prompted the director to track down Cowie in Nairobi. W. P. Lipscomb wrote the script based on Harry Watt's original idea. Ralph Smart worked on it. According to Leslie Norman "the script was turned down so I went in and added a bit which made them accept it."The film was a co-production between Ealing and South Africa's African Films, with half the financing coming from South Africa. Watt based it at Amboseli, south of Nairobi, they built a complete village of huts for the crew to live in. Anthony Steel contracted malaria during filming on location in Africa; the film was selected for the 1951 Royal Command Performance, over other contenders such as A Place in the Sun and Outcast of the Islands. It was the second most popular film at the British box office in 1952. In 1957, the film and its sequel were listed among the seventeen most popular films the Rank organisation released in the US.
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The Flying Scot (film)
The Flying Scot is a 1957 British crime film produced and directed by Compton Bennett and starring Lee Patterson, Kay Callard and Alan Gifford. The film was released in the U. S. as Mailbag Robbery. A gang plans to steal a half-a-million pounds worth of banknotes from an express train. Lee Patterson - Ronnie Kay Callard - Jackie Alan Gifford - Phil Gerald Case - Guard Jeremy Bodkin - Charlie, the boy Mark Baker - Gibbs Geoffrey Bodkin - Neat boy John Dearth - Father Kerry Jordan - Drunk John Lee - Young man Patsy Smart - Mother Margaret Withers - Middle-aged lady Margaret Gordon - Drunk's Wife TV Guide wrote, "The suspense is well built in this finely constructed feature": while Sky Movies called it "An unheralded low-budget thriller which contains twice as much suspense as many more lavish productions. Taut, with a conspicuous absence of big name stars, it is a prime example of the British B-movie at its best. With a bit of Hitchcock here and a touch of Rififi there, the suspense is built up to a climax which leaves one hoping that just this once, crime will be allowed to pay."
It was one of 15 films selected by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane in The British'B' Film, their survey of British B films, as among the most meritorious of the B films made in Britain between World War II and 1970. They note that it was shot in just three weeks on a budget of £18,000 and describe it as "a film not just of suspense, but of real fascination"; the Flying Scot on IMDb
Quartet (1948 film)
Quartet is a 1948 British anthology film with four segments, each based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham; each segment is introduced by the author. It was successful enough to produce two sequels and Encore, popularised the compendium film format, leading to films such as O. Henry's Full House in 1952; the screenplays for the stories were all written by R. C. Sherriff. Based on "The Facts of Life", included in the 1940 collection of Maugham stories The Mixture as Before. Director: Ralph Smart Cinematographer: Ray Elton Jack Watling as Nicky Mai Zetterling as Jeanne Basil Radford as Henry Garnet Angela Baddeley as Mrs. Garnet Naunton Wayne as Leslie Ian Fleming as Ralph Jack Raine as Thomas James Robertson Justice as Branksome Despite their reservations, Mr. and Mrs. Garnet allow their promising tennis player son, nineteen-year-old Nicky Garnet, to travel by himself to Monte Carlo to compete in a tournament. Mr. Garnet gives him some advice: never gamble, never lend money, don't have anything to do with women.
On the last night of his stay, he disregards all three: he wins a large amount of money at roulette and meets a beautiful woman named Jeanne, who borrows from him before he can react. She repays him takes him dancing at a nightclub, it is so late, his hotel has closed for the night. She offers to let him sleep on her sofa; that night, he awakens to find her stealing his winnings. He sees her hide the money in a vase. After she leaves, he retrieves the money; the next morning, on the plane returning home, he counts his money and finds there is more than there should be. A friend suggests. Upon his return home, his father laments to his friends that his son ignored everything he had told him and profited from it! Director: Harold French Cinematographer: Ray Elton Dirk Bogarde as George Bland Raymond Lovell as Sir Frederick Bland Irene Browne as Lady Bland Honor Blackman as Paula Françoise Rosay as Lea Markart On George Bland's twenty-first birthday, his father, of the landed gentry, asks him what he intends to do with his life.
George's answer is incomprehensible to his entire family: he wants to become a concert pianist. His family, who want him to succeed to his father's place and title, try to talk him out of it, his cousin Paula comes up with a compromise: he will study in Paris for two years, after which an impartial expert will determine whether he has it in him to reach his goal. The two years ended, Paula gets a world-famous pianist, to do the judging. After listening to George's recital, Markart tells him that, while his technique is excellent, he lacks the talent and inspiration of a true artist and could never be more than a good amateur. George is killed that day with a blast to the chest from a gun he was cleaning, his family is anxious that his death be ruled accidental, and, at the inquest, the coroner's jury returns such a verdict with clear consciences, since, in the words of the plainspoken foreman, the jurors cannot accept that a gentleman such as the deceased would have killed himself "just'cause he couldn't play piano good."
Based on "The Kite", included in the 1947 collection of Maugham stories Creatures of Circumstance. Director: Arthur Crabtree Cinematographer: Ray Elton George Cole as Herbert Sunbury Hermione Baddeley as Beatrice Sunbury Susan Shaw as Betty Mervyn Johns as Samuel Sunbury Bernard Lee as Prison Visitor Herbert Sunbury marries Betty, despite his overly involved mother's dislike for the woman; the newlyweds are happy, except for Herbert's lifelong enthusiasm for flying kites. Herbert and his father had designed and flown their creations every Saturday on the common since Herbert was a young lad. Betty considers. However, the lure of his latest, unflown kite proves too great for him; when Betty finds out, they have a fight and Herbert moves back in with his parents, much to his mother's delight. Betty has second thoughts and tries to make up with her husband. Out of anger, she destroys his new kite. Aghast, Herbert angrily refuses to give her any further financial support and is put in prison as a result.
A prison visitor is told his curious story. He advises Betty on how to save her marriage; when Herbert goes to the common, he discovers Betty there flying a kite. Based on "The Colonel's Lady", included in the 1947 collection of Maugham stories Creatures of Circumstance. Director: Ken Annakin Cinematographer: Reg Wyer Cecil Parker as Colonel George Peregrine Nora Swinburne as Evie Peregrine Wilfrid Hyde-White as 2nd. Club Man Ernest Thesiger as Henry Dashwood Henry Edwards as Duke of Heverel Linden Travers as Daphne Felix Aylmer as Martin A colonel's mousy wife writes a book of poetry under a pseudonym, but is unmasked by the papers; the colonel does not read the poetry and is surprised when a friend says it is "not suitable for children." Another friend says it has "naked, earthy passion", compares it to Sappho. The book sells "like hot-cakes", becoming the talk of the town; the colonel's mistress has an interest in it. After listening to much talk about how "sexy" the book is, the colonel asks his mistress to borrow her copy insists she tell him about it.
The book is about a middle-aged woman falling in love with, having an affair with, a younger man, told in the first person. After a torrid affair, the younger man dies; the mistress says it is so vivid that it must be based on a real experience, but the colonel insists his wife is "too much of a lady", that it must be fiction. Still, he is tortured by the i
Bush Christmas (1947 film)
Bush Christmas is a 1947 Australian–British comedy film directed by Ralph Smart and starring Chips Rafferty. It was one of the first movies from Children's Entertainment Films the Children's Film Foundation. In the Australian countryside, five children are best friends, including a set of siblings, an English war evacuee, aboriginal Neza, they boast to three strangers, Long Bill and Blue, about the mare belonging to the father of one of them. The next day the mare has gone. Suspecting the three men of stealing it, the children set off to recover it, they harass them by stealing their food and shoes. They get trapped when the thieves are rescued in time. Chips Rafferty as Long Bill John Fernside as Jim Stan Tolhurst as Blue Helen Grieve as Helen Nick Yardley as Snow Morris Unicomb as John Michael Yardle as Michael Neza Saunders as Neza Pat Penny as father Thelma Grigg as mother Clyde Combo as Old Jack Edmund Allison as policeman Children's Entertainment Films had been set up by Mary Field for the Rank Organisation to make films to be screened to children in cinema clubs throughout England on Saturday mornings.
Bush Christmas was planned as a serial, but it was decided to turn it into a feature. Several cast members from The Overlanders appear, including Chips Rafferty, John Fernside and Helen Grieve. Grieve was the first choice for her role. Michael and Nick Yardley were brothers. Neza Saunders was discovered by Chips Rafferty. Morris Unicomb was a veteran of radio; the film was shot on location in the Blue Mountains and the Burragorang Valley. Post production was completed in Sydney by June 1947. Reviews were positive; the film was popular in Britain and Australia and was seen in 41 countries. Variety said, it was serialised in children's magazines and a novelisation of the script was published. The movie was adapted for radio with a young John Meillon. Ralph Smart announced plans to make further children's films in Australia, including a serial about a family living in the outback, but these did not come to fruition. Helen Grieve retired from acting to study science. Child actor Nick Yardley had his face smashed by a boomerang.
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Bitter Springs (film)
Bitter Springs is an Australian–British film directed by Ralph Smart and released in 1950. An Australian pioneer family leases a piece of land from the government in the Australian outback in 1900 and hires two inexperienced British men as drovers. Problems with local Aboriginal people arise over the possession of a waterhole. Much of the film was shot on location in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia In the early 1900s, Wally King travels 600 miles to outback South Australia to occupy land he has leased from the government, he is accompanied by his wife Ma, children Emma and John, friends Tommy and Mac. Despite warnings from a local trooper, the bigoted King clashes with an Aboriginal tribe who depend on water located on what has become the family's property. Relations with the local Aboriginal people deteriorate to the point; the Kings are in danger of being killed by a raiding party but they are rescued by the trooper and his men. A compromise is reached where the Kings agree to work with the Aboriginal people running a sheep station.
Tommy Trinder as Tommy Chips Rafferty as Wally King Gordon Jackson as Mac Jean Blue as Ma King Michael Pate as Trooper Charles'Bud' Tingwell as John King Nonnie Piper as Emma King Nicky Yardley as Charlie Henry Murdoch as Blackjack The film was the idea of Ralph Smart and based on an true story. This was the third movie, it was announced as a comedy starring Rafferty and Trinder, was meant to be followed by a version of Robbery Under Arms. Tommy Trinder's part was created for him to ensure the movie had some comic relief. Nick Yardley had appeared in Ralph Smart's Bush Christmas. Nonnie Piper was a 19-year-old model; the original script ended with the massacre of Aboriginal people at the hands of the white settlers, but this was changed at the insistence of Ealing Studios. Ralph Smart scouted around Australia for locations and at one stage it seemed that the film would be made in Murgon, Queensland but it was decided to make it in South Australia. Writer Dave Moore flew out to Australia to help with the script.
Filming started in May 1949. Location shooting was completed in November, nearly two months behind schedule due to rain delays, was followed by two weeks at Pagewood Studios in Sydney. 130 Aboriginal people were used as extras. They had nowhere to stay when they arrived due to an administrative oversight and their treatment on set was criticised. Ealing wanted to pay Aboriginal actor Henry Murdoch the same as white actors but the Department of Native Affairs refused, only granting him a regular allowance. During filming a man went around Adelaide pretending to be a talent scout for the film offering women the chance to appear in it. Leslie Norman is credited as associate producer, he recalled "I went out as a sort of hatchet man. It was a shame, but that film was awkward, a bit stiff and staid." The film had its world premiere in Adelaide, attended by Don Bradman. Although reviews were respectful the film was a box office disappointment on release and Ealing abandoned its plans to make further movies in Australia.
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C. O. D. is a 1932 British crime film directed by Michael Powell and starring Garry Marsh, Arthur Stratton and Sybil Grove. A man assists a woman to dispose of the body of her stepfather; the film has been declared "Believed Lost" by the British Film Institute. Garry Marsh - Peter Craven Arthur Stratton - Mr Briggs Hope Davey - Frances Sybil Grove - Mrs Briggs Roland Culver - Edward Peter Gawthorne - Detective Cecil Ramage - Vyner Bruce Belfrage - Philip C. O. D. on IMDb C. O. D. at the BFI SIFT database Contemporary reviews
His Lordship is a 1932 British musical comedy film directed by Michael Powell. It was made as a Quota quickie. Cheerful Cockney Bert Gibbs becomes Lord Thornton Heath, but he meets up with movie star Ilya Myona and when his mother asks about her, Bert implies they are engaged. After some adventures with some dubious Russian types Bert's girl Lenina wins him back. Jerry Verno as Bert Gibbs aka Albert Lord Thornheath Ben Welden as Washington Roosevelt Lincoln Polly Ward as Leninia Peter Gawthorne as Ferguson, the Butler Muriel George as Mrs. Emma Gibbs Michael Hogan as Comrade Curzon V. C. Clinton-Baddeley as Comrade Howard His Lordship was declared to be "Missing, Believed Lost" by the British Film Institute, but a copy was subsequently found, it was put onto safety film and shown at the NFT in 2000. It proved popular with audiences as a camp classic, his Lordship on IMDb His Lordship at AllMovie His Lordship at the BFI's Screenonline His Lordship reviews and articles at the Powell & Pressburger Pages