Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) wants more out of life. As a bright twenty-five-year-old copy editor at Chicago's revered newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times, she yearns to be a reporter.
Tom Hanks Geena Davis and Madonna star in this major-league comedy from the team that brought you Big. Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan a washed-up ball player whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls League of 1943 - while the male pros are at war - Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his ""all-girl"" team. Jon Lovitz adds a scene stealing cameo as the sarcastic scout who recruits Dottie Hanson (Davis) the ""baseball dolly"" with a Babe Ruth swing. Teammates Madonna Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell round out the roster taking the team to the World Series. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes.
One of the successful run of pre-war Ealing comedies that secured George Formby's enduring popularity with the British public, It's in the Air finds everyone's favourite gawp fulfilling his dream of joining the RAF though, of course, he does it the hard way! Partly filmed at the famous London Air Park, it co-stars Polly Ward, Jack Hobbs, Garry Marsh and Hal Gordon and is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Hapless George's dreams of flying are continually thwarted, and when he's even rejected for a job as an Air Raid Warden he sneakily tries on his brother-in-law's RAF despatch rider uniform. Finding an urgent communiquÃ© in its pockets he decides to deliver it himself... and ends up with his head in the clouds though not in the way he'd expected!
One of the successful run of pre-war Ealing comedies that secured George Formby's enduring popularity with the British public, Trouble Brewing sees everyone's favourite gawp turn amateur detective when he's swindled out of his racing winnings! Co-starring Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Martita Hunt and Ronald Shiner, it is presented here as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Feeble George, a newspaper compositor with delusions of being a detective, wins big at the races. But when he changes his three tenners down to more manageable fivers he's slipped counterfeit notes. Suitably annoyed, George puts his sleuthing skills to the test and goes undercover!
Benny Hill's hilarious movie debut from the screenwriter of the Lavender Hill Mob. Benny Hill stars as Hugo Dill an inept ice rink attendant amateur detective and extremely clumsy master of disguise. But when Hugo stumbles into an international espionage plot he's soon over his head in a crazy case of mistaken identity murderous spies a bumbling romance with a beautiful strongwoman (Belinda Lee) and a top secret machine that can control the world's weather. David Kossoff
This Norman Wisdom Collection contains 12 vintage Wisdom comedies, from 1953's Trouble in Store to 1966's Press for Time. All are also released as six separate two-in-one sets. Please refer to our individual film reviews for each release: Trouble in Store/Up in the World The Square Peg/Follow a Star On the Beat/Man of the Moment The Bulldog Breed/One Good TurnA Stitch in Time/Just My Luck The Early Bird/Press for Time On the DVDs: The Norman Wisdom Collection has four brand-new audio commentaries from Norman Wisdom himself in conversation with film historian Robert Ross. The four films with commentary are: Trouble in Store (1953), On the Beat (1962), A Stitch in Time (1963) and The Early Bird (1965). All the discs come with a trailer and English subtitles as standard.
George Formby plays a newspaper compositor with dreams of becoming a detective. He unmasks a gang of counterfeiters after a big win on the horses unfortunately he is paid off in counterfeit bills. To avoid the long arm of the law Formby sets about collaring the crooks himself whose leader also happens to be the newspapers editor.
Saucy comedy superstar Benny Hill makes his screen-starring debut in one of the last Ealing comedies ever made. Co-starring Belinda Lee as a glamorous showgirl and David Kossoff as a dastardly foreign spy and directed by BAFTA award-winning Basil Dearden Who Done It? is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. A clumsy ice rink sweeper with delusions of grandeur, Hugo Dill fantasises about becoming a private investigator. When he wins both a bloodhound and a sum of money in a magazine competition, he decides the time is right to change career and fulfil his dream! SPECIAL FEATURES: The Waiters: a Benny Hill short film from 1969 Theatrical trailer Image gallery
A gripping crime drama with a healthy dose of humour Johnny You're Wanted features Cockney character star John Slater as a luckless long-distance lorry driver who finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation. Co-starring Alfred Marks this marvellously entertaining feature directed by British B-movie stalwart Vernon Sewell is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Returning late to London Johnny gives a lift to an attractive female hitch-hiker. Some distance on he stops to make a phone call and buy a coffee but on returning to his cab finds the woman gone. Assuming she has hitched another ride he continues on his way. A short time later he is flagged down by another driver who has come across a woman lying by the roadside. The woman is Johnny's hitchhiker and she's dead... SPECIAL FEATURE  Promotional Material PDF
Sally Field leads an all-star cast in this side splittingly funny look at the scandal-ridden TV soap opera. Kevin Kline Robert Downey Jr. Whoopi Goldberg Cathy Moriarty and Elisabeth Shue star as the zany cast and crew of 'The Sun Also Sets' America's hottest ""soap "" where on-screen drama and off-screen craziness combine for outrageous hilarity! There's enough dirty laundry to keep everyone in hot water in this unadulterated comedy hit that's ""99 and 44/100 percent fun!"" (J
Penny Marshall's popular 1992 comedy sheds light on a little-known chapter of American sports history with its story of a struggling team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league was formed when the recruiting of soldiers during World War II resulted in a shortage of men's baseball teams. The AAGPBL continued after the war (until 1954), and Marshall's movie depicts the league in full swing, beginning when a savvy baseball scout (Jon Lovitz) finds a pair of promising new players in small-town Oregon sisters (Geena Davis, Lori Petty). The sisters are signed to play for the Rockford Peaches near Chicago, whose new manager (Tom Hanks) is a former home-run king who wrecked his career with alcoholism. They're all a bunch of underdogs, and Marshall (with a witty script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) does a fine job of establishing a colorful team of supporting players including Madonna and (in her movie debut) Rosie O'Donnell. It's a conventional Hollywood sports story (Marshall's never been one to take dramatic risks) but the stellar cast is delightful and the movie's filled with memorable moments, witty dialogue and agreeable sentiment. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Though he gets solo above-the-title billing, Will Hay was no more a solo comedian than Groucho Marx. Teamed with sidekicks Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt the trio formed one of British cinema's greatest comedy gangs. Oh, Mr Porter!, one of their finest vehicles, finds Hay as congenial William Porter, an inept railway worker who is shunted off to the dead-end job of stationmaster in Buggleskelly, Northern Ireland. The delight of the film is in the interplay between Hay and Marriott, the single-toothed dotty old-timer, and Moffatt, the chubby smart kid, as they fail the most basic requirements of their jobs but come up trumps when investigating the ghost of One-Eyed Joe and his haunted mill. --Kim Newman One of Will Hay's brisker comic efforts, 1936's Convict 99 sees Dr Benjamin Twist, Hay's clueless schoolmaster, caught in a case of mistaken identity and invited to head up a prison for especially hard-boiled criminals. It's a typical outtake from Hay's bizarrely lawless universe in which, for all his harrumphing and bluster, he's unable to exercise any sort of discipline whatsoever over the men in his charge. Hay plays exactly the same character from film to film, one so ill-equipped for any situation he's equally suited for all. Whereas Twist is an incompetent who somehow muddles through, Hay the comic actor is a master of timing and double-takes who knows precisely how to create the air of a shambles. --David Stubbs
At the height of the flower power era in San Francisco a young deaf girl's search for her brother is interrupted when she is introduced to a commune...
A dark and powerful post-war thriller, Forbidden features a compelling performance by MGM star Douglass Montgomery as an unhappily married scientist who finds solace in the arms of another woman with devastating consequences. Also starring Patricia Burke and future horror icon Hazel Court, Forbidden is made available here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.Driven by the incessant demands of his unfaithful, luxury-addicted wife, analytical chemist Jim Harding sacrifices a brilliant but poorly paid career to sell patent medicines at a Blackpool fairground. While there he finds he has a chance at happiness until his vindictive harpy of a wife crushes it flat. At the end of his tether, Jim decides that there's only one way out his wife has to die...SPECIAL FEATURE:Image Gallery
When childhood friends and army comrades Dave Robinson (Bill Rowbotham) and Ted Peters (Richard Attenborough) return home from WWII they make very different choices for their new civvy lives. Ted gets an honest job as a taxi driver and saves for his wedding to childhood sweetheart Joy (Sheila Sim). Dave however wants easy cash and soon becomes involved with a gang. When Dave runs into money troubles with the mob boss a henchman is sent to finish him off. Stumbling from his gun wounds he seeks shelter in the back of Ted’s empty taxi and collapses lifeless. Suspicions fly as Scotland Yard investigate the murder. The police suspect Dave’s underworld connections. The mob suspects that Ted knows their guilt. And Ted himself suspects who the real killer might be… Set in London this riveting crime drama has its roots firmly in the American gangster films of the 1930s – a must watch for genre lovers.
A news magazine hires an out-of-town photographer and the antics begin. Some comic relief.
Will Hay - Convict 99
Mona Lisa Smile: Set in 1953 Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. A League Of Their Own: Tom Hanks Geena Davis and Madonna star in this major-league comedy from the team that brought you Big. Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan a washed-up ball player whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls League of 1943 - while the male pros are at war - Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Jon Lovitz adds a scene stealing cameo as the sarcastic scout who recruits Dottie Hanson (Davis) the baseball dolly with a Babe Ruth swing. Teammates Madonna Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell round out the roster taking the team to the World Series. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes. Maid In Manhattan: Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City. She works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity Marisa meets Christopher Marshall a handsome heir to a political dynasty who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed the two find that they are worlds apart even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx.
In an effort to subdue a bout of depression a millionaire playboy (Cary Grant) makes a 50 000 British pound bet with a psychiatrist that he could become a famous business tycoon without using his family's inheritance. Based on the novel The Amazing Quest by Ernest Bliss.
Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry) stars in this 1951 Nettlefold production made at Walton Studios. Directed by the ever present Maclean Rodgers and written by Michael Pertwee from a play by Veron Sylvaine. Typical Mr Pastry, a mixture of the littleman and slapstick not unlike the late Norman Wisdom. The woman owner of a dress shop gambles the shop away to her bookie who inherits not only the shop but Mr Pastry (the manager) and his assistant Petula Clark. Roles are reversed in this caper and all ends well.
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