One of the top five screwball comedies of the 1930s, this helped to cement a genre that waxed golden until the end of the Second World War. Director Leo McCarey won an Oscar for Best Director for this 1937 romantic comedy--one of the most successful films of his career. Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are a squabbling couple who separates because of supposed infidelities on both sides. They part, but cannot really keep away from each other. Grant finds himself hooked up with a socialite, Dunne becomes engaged to a millionaire hick played by the hapless Ralph Bellamy (as if he ever stood a chance as the "other" man!). When not dating others or baiting one another in a verbal war, Grant and Dunne wage a custody battle over their pathetic pooch. Gags, double entendre, witty remarks, snide comments, and fast-paced dialogue helped this to garner six Academy Award nominations. The Awful Truth was awfully good to Dunne and Grant, as both were breaking out of much more serious moulds and this secured their positions. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Adapted from Arthur Pinero's relentlessly popular stage farce The Magistrate Those Were the Days was a perfect early vehicle for the comedic brilliance of Will Hay. Hay's feature-length debut is a typically entertaining study of the upstanding but ineffectual magistrate Mr Poskett while a youthful John Mills is the 20-year-old stepson who must pretend to be 15 to preserve the secret of his mother's falsified age; Angela Baddeley and veteran character-comedians Claude Allister H.F. Maltby and George Graves are among an impressive supporting cast. Presented in a brand-new digital transfer from the original film elements this rare cinematic gem - directed by former variety star Thomas Bentley - notably includes a wonderful evocation of the atmosphere of a 1890s music hall with Lily Morris and Harry Bedford among a number of leading acts featured. Special Features: Image Gallery Original Script PDF
In the film that began her legendary career Jean Harlow stars in this romantic comedy directed by Academy Award winner Frank Capra (Best Director: It Happened One Night 1935; Mr. Deed Goes To Town 1937; You Can't Take It With You 1939). Written to showcase her talent looks and charm 'Platinum Blonde' is a glorious spoof of the newspaper business in New York City during the Depression; Ann Schuyler (Harlow) a wealthy socialite meets reporter 'Stew' Smith (Robert Williams) a
Made in 1944 this Butchers film stars a very young Jean Simmons almost two years before she achieved stardom in Great Expectations. Trying to climb a rung on the social ladder Joan (Patricia Medina) is pressured into marrying pompous boss (Claud Allister) by her pushy mother (Ellen Pollock) - but Joan loves a soldier (Jimmy Hanley) who is away fighting. On his return he finds Joan betrothed and he storms off to Scotland Joan decides to follow and all ends happily... also stars Irene Handl.
Bulldog Drummond At Bay
Retired British military officer Capt. Hugh Bulldog Drummond is the leader of the Black Clan a secret organisation crusading to rid England of crime by means of a purge against foreign undesirables. When World Peace Conference delegate Brunel is assassinated en-route to Birmingham Drummond and his sidekick Algy kidnap arms dealer Charles Latter and set about threatening a foreign consortium to leave the country within 24 hours after the Black Clan pay them a visit. The ringleader of the syndicate is Drummond's old adversary European arms dealer Carl Peterson who kidnaps Drummond's wife to use her as bait to capture her husband. After walking into Peterson's trap Drummond is drugged and placed in a car that is driven into a nearby river; he narrowly escapes drowning and sets about liberating his wife from the gang's lair. Meanwhile Algy organises for the Black Clan to intervene and rescue Drummond and his wife.
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