The crime of the century! Was he really guilty? Donald Pleasence stars as Doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen in this tale based on a true story. Was he really guilty of poisoning his wife?
A massive box-office hit this romantic drama set in World War Two and its aftermath is an emotional tour de force that marked the first screen pairing of Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding who would become one of Britain's best-loved film couples throughout the later 1940s. Directed by Herbert Wilcox Neagle's then husband and featuring inventive dance sequences by renowned choreographer Wendy Toye Piccadilly Incident is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Alan Pearson a Naval Intelligence Captain and WREN Diana Fraser meet by chance in Piccadilly during an air raid. They fall in love and after a brief courtship marry just hours before Diana is due to be sent to Singapore; theirs is one of many hasty wartime romances. But their love story is cut short when Diana is reported missing believed drowned after the fall of Singapore. In time Alan finds love again and remarries. But Fate is to bring about an impossible situation which can only be resolved by considerable self-sacrifice... Special Features: Image Gallery Original Pressbook PDF
Available for the first time on DVD! Five years after their triumphant teaming in Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif reunited for this powerful World War II thriller about a Nazi General who becomes a serial killer. When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw her killer is identified as a German General. The investigator Major Grau (Sharif) narrows the suspects to three Generals in the German high command: the heroic Tanz (O'Toole) the cy
A brilliant, bizarre 1973 comedy-horror, Theatre of Blood pitches somewhere between a Hammer horror and the Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Vincent Price stars as the hammy, self-important and thoroughly psychotic Edward Lionheart, a veteran thespian who refuses to play anything other than Shakespeare. Piqued by a circle of critics, whom he feels were disrespectful in their notices and denied him his rightful Best Actor of the Year Award, he decides to murder them one by one in parodies of some of Shakespeare's grislier scenes. He's aided by his daughter Edwina (played by Diana Rigg, often in fake moustache and male drag) and a ghoulish company of dosshouse zombies. Some of the murders are quite extraordinarily gruesome, despite their camp, comedic overtones. Arthur Lowe's henpecked critic has his head sawn off while asleep (in a parody of Cymbeline) and Robert Morley's plumply effete dandy is force-fed a pie made from his beloved poodles, choking him to death (cf Titus Andronicus). Jack Hawkins and Michael Horden also meet unpleasant ends. Theatre of Blood is a genuine and underrated oddity in the annals of British cinema and especially uncomfortable for those who happen to be in the reviewing trade. On the DVD: Theatre of Blood on disc is not a triumph of digital enhancement, with sound blemishes unamended and hazy, faded visuals in places. The only extra is the original trailer. --David Stubbs
Dreamchild is a 1985 British drama film written by Dennis Potter, directed by Gavin Millar and produced by Rick McCallum and Kenith Trodd. It stars Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper and Amelia Shankley and is a fictionalised account of Alice Liddell, the child who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Featuring the work of legendary puppet master Jim Henson. In 1932, Alice Liddell Hargreaves, age 80, travels to New York to attend a celebration of Lewis Carroll's centenary. Confused by American culture and unable to understand the huge popularity of the Alice books, Mrs. Hargreaves begins to remember details of the childhood events that led to the writing of the stories. Was shy Carroll actually in love with her?
Sister George" within The Killing of Sister George is Britain's best-loved soap opera character, played by actress June Buckeridge (Beryl Reid). Buckeridge has become so identified with her character--a sweet old Miss Marple-ish nurse who putters around her quaint little village on a motor scooter--even her friends call her George. But outside the studio she's a hard-drinking, hot-tempered, foul-mouthed lesbian living with an immature young thing she's nicknamed "Childie" (Susannah York, who makes her memorable entrance in a sheer baby-doll nightie). At her worst Sister George is an abusive monster (in a moment of rage she forces Childie to eat the butt of her cigar) but beneath the bluster is an insecure television actress. When the studio decides to kill her character off and an executive makes a play for Childie, the soap star desperately clings to her young lover. Director Robert Aldrich, best known for his tough action films and gothic thrillers, brings his fierce vision of human nature to Frank Marcus's play . In its best moments the film simmers in angry suspicion and helpless frustration, brought to life by Reid's vivacious performance but other scenes are overlong and stage-bound and would have benefited greatly from judicious trimming and tightening. The caricatured portrayals of lesbian life have aged rather poorly--an inevitable sign of the times--but this acidic show-biz drama still carries a hefty emotional punch. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Based on Peter Barnes' hit play this caustic hilarious and irreverent black comedy has rightly become a cult classic. The House of Gurney has a family problem - namely the 14th Earl of Gurney (Peter O' Toole) who thinks he is Jesus Christ and when restored to `normalcy' turns into Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately the young earl is also the sole heir to the family fortune so his relatives go to great lengths to trick him into siring a new heir. Then they can institutionalise him and
When June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) arrives at her London flat and announces 'They are going to murder me', her long-time lover and doll-cuddling flat mate Alice 'Childie' McNaught (Susannah York) realises that things are going to change. For June is referring to her character Sister George, a loveable nurse she portrays in a popular daytime serial. To make matters worse, the widowed executive at the BBC responsible for the decision to kill off Sister George - Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) is also a predatory lesbian who is after Childie and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish dramatist literary critic socialist spokesman and a leading figure in 20th century theatre. The George Bernard Shaw Collection includes the following 10 star-studded productions: 1. Arms and the Man 2. The Man of Destiny 3. The Devil's Disciple 4. Mrs Warren's Profession 5. You Never Can Tell 6. Pygmalion 7. Androcles and the Lion 8. Heartbreak House 9. The Millionairess 10. The Apple Cart
This gripping atmospheric crime thriller from Austrian-born director Paul Stein stars Oscar nominee Raymond Massey as a man at the centre of a multiple murder investigation a case that sparks a sensationalist press frenzy when it becomes clear that the killer only strikes when there is a full moon. Black Limelight (also known as Footsteps in the Sand) is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. A house stands full in the ugly glare of publicity with a police cordon round it and morbidly curious crowds at the gates. Inside Mary Charrington waits in horror and bewilderment for the next act in the tragedy. Her husband Peter is wanted for murder; the murder of a girl at a seaside bungalow. Following a series of killings the popular press has dubbed them the work of a Moon Maniac... and now Peter is somewhere in the countryside hiding and haunted by terror... SPECIAL FEATURES  Image gallery  Original script PDF
She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure. A bored housewife with writing aspirations enters a mystery writing contest to win a free trip for two to Paris. When she unexpectedly wins her officious and neglectful husband refuses to go with her so she leaves alone. Once there she falls in front of a car driven by the Spanish ambassador and awakens thinking she is Rebecca Ryan the heroine in a series of pulp mysteries. As Reb
Based on Peter Barnes' hit play this caustic hilarious and irreverent black comedy has rightly become a cult classic. The House of Gurney has a family problem - namely the 14th Earl of Gurney (Peter O' Toole) who thinks he is Jesus Christ and when restored to 'normalcy' turns into Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately the young earl is also the sole heir to the family fortune so his relatives go to great lengths to trick him into siring a new heir. Then they can institutionalise him and gain access to the money through the child. But the 14th Earl of Gurney has a few tricks up his sleeve... This controversial tragicomedy managed to condemn just about every section of British society - from the public school system to the Houses of Parliament and from the Church to homosexuality. It also boasts some truly inspirational performances including O'Toole (who received an Oscar nomination for his tour de force role) Alastair Sim as a feeble-minded bishop and Arthur Lowe as a hilariously insolent left wing manservant.
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