Virgin Island (film)
Virgin Island is a 1958 British drama film directed by Pat Jackson and starring John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell and Sidney Poitier. It is an adaptation of the memoir Our Virgin Island by Robb White and was filmed on the British Virgin Islands; the American release in 1960 followed the title of the novel. A British woman marries an American writer in spite of her family's disapproval and goes to live with him on a tropical island. John Cassavetes - Evan Virginia Maskell - Tina Sidney Poitier - Marcus Isabel Dean - Mrs Lomax Colin Gordon - The Commissioner Ruby Dee - Ruth Howard Marion-Crawford - Prescott Arnold Bell - Heath Gladys Boot - Mrs Carruthers Alonzo Bozan - Grant Edric Connor - Captain Jason Reginald Hearne - Doctor Julian Mayfield - Band Leader Nancy E Roy - Baby Virgin Island on IMDb
Only Two Can Play
Only Two Can Play is a 1962 British comedy film starring Peter Sellers, based on the novel That Uncertain Feeling by Kingsley Amis. Sidney Gilliat directed the film from a screenplay by Bryan Forbes; the film is set in the fictional South Wales town of Aberdarcy, filmed in and around Swansea, Kingsley Amis's stated real-life city that Aberdarcy represents. John Lewis is a poorly paid and professionally frustrated librarian and occasional drama critic, whose affections fluctuate between glamorous Liz, his long-suffering wife Jean; when a better paid job becomes vacant, Lewis is reluctant to apply, but is persuaded to do so by Jean. He meets the attractive Elizabeth Gruffydd-Williams, a designer with the local amdram company and wife of a local councillor. Liz offers to intercede with her husband in getting Lewis the job, makes it clear that she is attracted to him. Lewis is seduced into an affair, although the couple never consummate their attraction. Having been persuaded by Liz to leave the theatre's new production early, Lewis submits a bogus review to the local newspaper, but learns the next morning that the theatre burned down shortly after the play commenced.
Jean thus learns of the affair and retaliates by encouraging her old flame Probert, a self-important literary character and dramatist. Lewis loses the friendship of his colleague and best friend Ieuan Jenkins, who had a role in the play; when Lewis is offered the better paid job, he realises that Liz will now use and control him if he lets her. Realising the price he has paid, he breaks off the affair and takes a job as a mobile librarian, in the hope that this will keep him away from predatory women. Jean is not so sure that he can resist them, tags along to keep an eye on him. Peter Sellers as John Lewis Mai Zetterling as Liz Virginia Maskell as Jean Kenneth Griffith as Jenkins Raymond Huntley as Vernon David Davies as Benyon Maudie Edwards as Mrs. Davies Meredith Edwards as Clergyman John Le Mesurier as Salter Frederick Piper as Mr. Davies Graham Stark as Hyman Eynon Evans as Town Hall Clerk John Arnatt as Bill Sheila Manahan as Mrs. Jenkins Richard Attenborough as Probert Howell Evans as Library Policeman Tenniel Evans as Kennedy Laurence Luxton as American GI and Driver Desmond Llewelyn as a Vicar The film was the third most successful film at the British box office in 1962.
It was nominated for Best Film in the 1963 BAFTA awards. In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "ANYBODY who could do to organized labor what Peter Sellers did with his thumping performance of a union leader in the British comedy, "I'm All Right, Jack," is the fellow to do the same thing to sex, and we are pleased to be able to proclaim he does it in his latest side-splitter, "Only Two Can Play". With a script by Bryan Forbes that pops perpetually with some of the brightest British quips of modern times, with Sidney Gilliat directing and with a spanking new Mai Zetterling deftly applying the itching-powders as a grandly seductive Eve, Mr. Sellers performs an old Adam that puts all recent seventh-year scratchers in the shade." Only Two Can Play on IMDb Only Two Can Play at the TCM Movie Database
Jet Storm is a 1959 British thriller film directed and co-written by Cy Endfield. Richard Attenborough stars with Hermione Baddeley and Diane Cilento; the film has many of the characteristics of the aviation disaster film genre such as Airport. Ernest Tilley, a former scientist who lost his daughter two years earlier in a hit-and-run accident, tracks down James Brock, the man he believes is responsible for the accident and boards the same airliner on a transatlantic flight, flying from London to New York. Tilley threatens to everyone on board as an act of vengeance; when Captain Bardow and the passengers realise that he is serious, they cannot find the bomb, they begin to panic. Some want to pressure him into revealing the location of the bomb, while others such as Doctor Bergstein try to reason with the now silent Tilley. Mulliner, a terrified passenger, attempts to kill Brock to get Tilley to not set off the bomb. Acting out of fear, Brock is killed when he is sucked out of the airliner. Tilley, coming to his senses when a young boy passenger soothes him, disconnects the remote control for the bomb commits suicide by poison.
As the airliner approaches New York, the passengers realise. The type of aircraft depicted is a Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-104. Although the airline and its crew are British, flying out of London and a BEA Vickers Viscount is seen, the aircraft shown at the beginning is sporting the Soviet Union's flag on the tail; this twin-jet airliner was never flown by any airline outside the Soviet bloc. A medium-range airliner, the Tu-104 could not have been used on transatlantic routes. In the Time Out review, John Pym saw Jet Storm as, "A British prototype for the Airport disaster movies of the'60s and'70s." He went on to note, "... Like its supersonic counterparts, Endfield's film is naive and contrived, but not without interest as the alarmed passengers soon divide into groups: reactionary and liberal." The TV Guide critic wrote, "... thanks to an outstanding cast, this air-disaster film manages to limp to a landing with its'thriller' status intact." The Radio Times applauded "... a star turn for Attenborough, who brings a convincing complexity to the role of bomber and bereft father."
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The Buccaneers (TV series)
For the 1995 TV series, see The Buccaneers. The Buccaneers was a 1956 Sapphire Films television drama series for ITC Entertainment, broadcast by CBS in the US and shown on ATV and regional ITV companies as they came on air during the infancy of ITV in the UK. Starring Robert Shaw as Dan Tempest, the series, aimed at children, followed the adventures of Tempest and his crew of former pirates as they made their way across the seven seas in Sultana; this series was one of several swashbuckling adventure series produced during this period by or for Lew Grade's ITC. The series ran for 39 half-hour black-and-white episodes and was produced by Hannah Weinstein and Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films Limited; the episodes were made at Nettlefold Studios at Walton-on-Thames using two studios with seven or eight standing sets. A real schooner was based at Falmouth, Cornwall and a faithful reproduction of part of it in a studio corner. Rupert Evans, stunt artist, former army teacher of physical training taught Robert Shaw fencing.
The series was set in the Port of Nassau in New Providence of about 1722. Sources report that Robert Shaw was unavailable for the first few episodes, but shooting went ahead without him. In the majority of episodes, he is listed as "With" rather than "Starring" in the title sequence, for reasons that are open to speculation; the complete series is available on R2 DVD from Network in the UK. There are a number of public-domain DVDs of the series in the North American market, as well as a complete series release. In 1976 Robert Shaw reprised his role on the big screen in Swashbuckler. Robert Shaw as Captain Dan Tempest Peter Hammond as Lieutenant Edward Beamish Brian Rawlinson as Gaff Guernsey Paul Hansard as Taffy Wilfred Downing as Dickon Edwin Richfield as Armando Neil Hallett as Boatswain Sam Bassett Willoughby Gray as Pop Jane Griffiths as Paula Alec Mango as Mr. Van BrughVarious characters were played by Tony Thawnton, Terence Cooper, Rupert Evans, Roy Purcell and Denis Lacey. Blackbeard played by George Margo, Terence Cooper Governor Woodes Rogers played by Alec Clunes Anne Bonny played by Hazel Court Calico Jack played by Brian Worth Black Bart played by Alex Scott Charles Vane Airdate is for ATV Midlands ITV regions varied date and order.
The show's ending theme contained the chorus: Let's go a-roving, a-roving across the ocean Oh, let's go a-roving and join the buccaneers! We'll find adventure, adventure across the ocean Oh, we'll find adventure and join the buccaneers! Sea shanties and traditional songs were incorporated into the show. Early episodes begin with sailors singing "Blow, Ye Winds, in the Morning," an anachronistic American whaling song; the second episode, "The Raiders," is the only episode to use "The Maid of Amsterdam" as its ending theme. Other songs performed in the show include: "Drunken Sailor" "Haul Away, Joe" "Johnny Come Down to Hilo" "Spanish Ladies" "Shake Her, Shake Her" "Venezuela" by John Jacob Niles Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series in Region 1 on 15 August 2006; this release is now out of print. Network DVD released the complete series in region 2 on 1 June 2007On 19 August 2008, Timeless Media Group released a 3-disc best-of set that features 30 episodes of the series. Screen Online CTA information The Buccaneers on IMDb Rupert Evans on IMDb Modern map of New Providence
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress and businesswoman. Her career spanned 70 years, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain. Other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here, Bundle of Joy, The Catered Affair, Tammy and the Bachelor, in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the Billboard music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled Debbie, she starred in How the West Was Won, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, a biographical film about the famously boisterous Molly Brown. Her performance as Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, her other films include The Singing Nun, Divorce American Style, What's the Matter with Helen?, Charlotte's Web, In & Out. Reynolds was a cabaret performer. In 1979, she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today.
In 1969, she starred on television in The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1973, Reynolds starred in a Broadway revival of the musical Irene and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in A Gift of Love and an Emmy Award for playing Grace's mother Bobbi on Will & Grace. At the turn of the millennium, Reynolds reached a new younger generation with her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's Halloweentown series. In 1988, she released her autobiography, titled Debbie: My Life. In 2013, she released Unsinkable: A Memoir. Reynolds had several business ventures, including ownership of a dance studio and a Las Vegas hotel and casino, she was an avid collector of film memorabilia, beginning with items purchased at the landmark 1970 MGM auction, she served as president of an organization dedicated to mental health causes. Reynolds continued to perform on stage and film into her eighties.
In January 2015, Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2016, she received the Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In the same year, a documentary about her life was released titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which turned out to be her final film appearance. On December 28, 2016, Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after she experienced a medical emergency, which her son Todd Fisher described as a "severe stroke", she died from the stroke that afternoon, one day after the death of Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, to Maxene "Minnie" and Raymond Francis "Ray" Reynolds, a carpenter who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, she was raised in a strict Nazarene church. She had a brother two years her senior. Reynolds was a Girl Scout, once saying that she wanted to die as the world's oldest living Girl Scout. Reynolds was a member of The International Order of Job's Daughters, now called Job's Daughters International.
Her mother took in laundry for income. "We may have been poor," she said in a 1963 interview, "but we always had something to eat if Dad had to go out on the desert and shoot jackrabbits." Her family moved to Burbank, California in 1939. When Reynolds was a sixteen-year-old student at Burbank High School in 1948, she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest. Soon after, she had a contract with Warner Bros and acquired the nickname "Debbie" via Jack L. Warner. One of her closest high school friends said that she dated during her teenage years in Burbank. Reynolds agreed, saying that "when I started, I didn't know how to dress. I wore a shirt. I had no money, no taste and no training." Her friend adds: Reynolds was first discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM who were at the 1948 Miss Burbank contest. Both companies wanted her to sign up with their studio and had to flip a coin to see which one got her. Warner won the coin toss, she was with the studio for two years; when Warner Brothers stopped producing musicals, she moved to MGM.
With MGM, Reynolds appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period. Her song "Aba Daba Honeymoon" was the first soundtrack recording to become a top-of-the-chart gold record, reaching number three on the Billboard charts, her performance in the film impressed the studio, which gave her a co-starring role in what would become her highest-profile film, Singin' in the Rain, a satire on movie making in Hollywood during the transition from silent to sound pictures. It co-starred Gene Kelly, whom she called a "great dancer and cinematic genius," adding, "He made me a star. I was 18 and he taught me how to dance and how to work hard and be dedicated." In 1956, she appeared in Bundle of Joy with Eddie Fisher. Her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown led to a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Reynolds noted that she had issues with its director, Charles Walters. "He didn't want me," she said. "He wanted Shirley MacLaine," who at the tim
Happy Is the Bride
Happy Is the Bride is a 1958 black and white British comedy film written and directed by Roy Boulting and starring Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Cecil Parker, Terry-Thomas and Joyce Grenfell. It is based on the play Quiet Wedding by Esther McCracken filmed in 1941. Ian Carmichael as David Chaytor Janette Scott as Janet Royd Cecil Parker as Arthur Royd Terry-Thomas as Policeman Joyce Grenfell as Aunt Florence Eric Barker as Vicar Edith Sharpe as Mildred Royd Elvi Hale as Petula Miles Malleson as 1st Magistrate Athene Seyler as Aunt Harriet Irene Handl as Mme. Edna John Le Mesurier as Chaytor Thorley Walters as Jim Nicholas Parsons as John Royd Virginia Maskell as Marcia Brian Oulton as 2nd Magistrate Joan Hickson as Mrs. Bowels Cardew Robinson as George the Verger In a quiet summer corner of Wiltshire, forever England and Janet decide to tie the knot; this is the cue for everyone else to take over proceedings, to the dismay of the couple and the increasing despair of Janet's father. One way or another the wedding - if there is one - is going to be an unforgettable occasion.
Leonard Maltin called the film a "mild farce". That's the way in a Boulting film." Happy Is the Bride on IMDb
Marjorie Burnet Rambeau was an American film and stage actress. She began her stage career at age 12, appeared in several silent films before debuting in her first sound film, Her Man, she was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Primrose Path and Torch Song, received the 1955 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in A Man Called Peter and The View from Pompey's Head. Rambeau was born in San Francisco to Lilian Garlinda Rambeau, her parents separated. She and her mother went to Nome, where young Marjorie dressed as a boy and played the banjo in saloons and music halls, her mother insisted she dress as a boy to thwart amorous attention from drunken grown men in such a wild and woolly outpost as Nome. She began performing on the stage at the age of 12, she attained theatrical experience in a rambling early life as a strolling player. She made her Broadway debut on March 10, 1913, in a tryout of Willard Mack's play, Kick In.
In her youth she was a Broadway leading lady. In 1921, Dorothy Parker memorialized her in verse: If all the tears you shed so lavishly / Were gathered, as they left each brimming eye. / And were collected in a crystal sea, / The envious ocean would curl up and dry— / So awful in its mightiness, that lake, / So fathomless, that clear and salty deep. / For, oh, it seems your gentle heart must break, / To see you weep.... Her silent films with the Mutual company included The Greater Woman; the films did expose Rambeau to film audiences. By the time talkies came along she was in her early forties and she began to take on character roles in films such as Min and Bill, The Secret Six, Laughing Sinners, Grand Canary, Joe Palooka, Primrose Path, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1940, Rambeau had the title role in Tugboat Annie Sails Again as well as second billing under Wallace Beery in 20 Mule Team. Other films included Tobacco Road, A Man Called Peter, Broadway.
In 1953, she was again nominated for this time for Torch Song. In 1957, she appeared in a supporting role in Man of a Thousand Faces, a biographical film about the life of Lon Chaney Sr. starring James Cagney as Chaney, although she never worked with the real Chaney in silent films. Rambeau played a supporting role in Bill with Marie Dressler. Tugboat Annie was a follow up to Min and Bill though it was not a sequel. Rambeau replaced Dressler after her death as Tugboat Annie in the sequel Tugboat Annie Sails Again. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Rambeau has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6336 Hollywood Blvd. Rambeau plays a role in one of the origin stories of the Reuben sandwich. According to author and theatre critic Bernard Sobel, the sandwich was invented for her upon a visit to Reuben's Restaurant and Delicatessen in New York City. Rambeau was descended from colonial immigrant Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, who immigrated in the 1600s from Sweden to New Sweden and served as a justice of the Governor's Council.
He was the longest living of the original settlers and became known as the "Father of New Sweden". Rambeau was married three times, she had no children, she first married was in 1913 to Canadian writer and director Willard Mack. They divorced in 1917, she married actor Hugh Dillman McGaughey in 1919, a marriage which ended in divorce in 1923. Rambeau's last marriage was to Francis Asbury Gudger in 1931, with whom she remained until his death in 1967. Gudger was from North Carolina. In the winters they stayed there, in the summer they lived in Sebring, Florida, his previous wife was killed in an automobile accident in Tampa two years before, but Rambeau and Gudger had been sweethearts years before when the former was the "toast of Broadway". She died in 1970 at her home in Palm Springs and was buried at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. List of actors with Academy Award nominations Marjorie Rambeau on IMDb Marjorie Rambeau at the Internet Broadway Database Marjorie Rambeau photo gallery at NYP Library Marjorie Rambeau in film "Mary Moreland" Calgary Herald 3 November 1917 Marjorie Rambeau