"Actor: Leslie Banks"

  • Went The Day Well - Digitally Remastered (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray]Went The Day Well - Digitally Remastered (80 Years of Ealing) | Blu Ray | (25/07/2011) from £12.49   |  Saving you £7.50 (60.05%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the story by Grahame Greene Went The Day Well? Is a classic piece of propagandist entertainment a warning to British citizens to remain ever alert for the arrival of the enemy. Alberto Cavalcanti's film tells the story of a quiet English village which has been infiltrated by German Soldiers masquerading as British Troops leaving the plucky villages to uncover the plot and fight back.

  • Great British Films - Film Noir [DVD]Great British Films - Film Noir | DVD | (21/05/2012) from £12.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (92.38%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Films Comprise: Hunted Sapphire So Long at the Fair Turn the Key Softly 21 Days

  • Henry V [1944]Henry V | DVD | (17/03/2003) from £4.89   |  Saving you £5.10 (51.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Laurence Olivier was Oscar-nominated for his mesmerising performance as King Henry V which was made to boost the morale of British troops during World War Two.

  • The Arsenal Stadium Mystery [1939]The Arsenal Stadium Mystery | DVD | (18/07/2005) from £8.98   |  Saving you £13.00 (185.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the motive is discovered and the killer revealed...

  • Cottage to Let [Blu-ray]Cottage to Let | Blu Ray | (16/03/2020) from £14.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Leslie Banks stars alongside Alastair Sim, John Mills and a very young George Cole in this thrilling wartime espionage drama from award-winning director Anthony Asquith. Adapted from Geoffrey Kerr's smash West End play (which also starred Banks, Sim and Cole), Cottage to Let is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Working in secret for the Air Ministry at his remote country house laboratory, John Barrington is key to the ongoing war effort against the Nazis. Barrington's household, however, has been infiltrated by enemy agents - who plan to take him back to Berlin as prisoner. Special Features: Image gallery

  • Henry V [Blu-ray] [1945]Henry V | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009) from £7.49   |  Saving you £12.50 (166.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Laurence Olivier was Oscar-nominated for his mesmerising performance as King Henry V which was made to boost the morale of British troops during World War Two.

  • The Small Black Room [DVD]The Small Black Room | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (63.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    From the legendary filmmaking duo Powell and Pressburger [A Matter of Life and Death The Red Shoes] The Small Back Room is the story of the troubled love affair between a tormented back room scientist and a beautiful secretary told against a background of ministerial intrigue and empire building. Sammy Rice [David Farrar] was the army's finest bomb disposal officer until he was injured in the war and left with a false foot. Now part of a specialist 'back room' team he dismantles the booby-trapped devices being dropped by Nazi bombers. He falls in love with Susan [Kathleen Byron] a colleague and the two begin a secret affair. However embittered by life he feels inferior; inferior as a lover inferior as a man unable to wear uniform; inferior in his work for although a brilliant scientist he allows himself to be exploited by his power-hungry boss. Haunted by his past he drowns his sorrows in whiskey. Sammy's life is descending into disarray when the news comes; a bomb has exploded with catastrophic consequences and another has been found. Faced with the biggest challenge of his career Sammy must confront his demons and take his own life in his hands to solve the mystery of the bomb's lethal mechanism.

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much [Blu-ray]The Man Who Knew Too Much | Blu Ray | (19/01/2015) from £6.79   |  Saving you £8.20 (120.77%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Alfred Hitchcock himself called this 1934 British edition of his famous kidnapping story "the work of a talented amateur", while his 1956 Hollywood remake was the consummate act of a professional director. Be that as it may, this earlier movie still has its intense admirers who prefer it over the Jimmy Stewart--Doris Day version, and for some sound reasons. Tighter, wittier, more visually outrageous (back-screen projections of Swiss mountains, a whirly-facsimile of a fainting spell), the film even has a female protagonist (Edna Best in the mom part) unafraid to go after the bad guys herself with a gun. (Did Doris Day do that that? Uh-uh.) While the 1956 film has an intriguing undercurrent of unspoken tensions in nuclear family politics, the 1934 original has a crisp air of British optimism glummed up a bit when a married couple (Best and Leslie Banks) witness the murder of a spy and discover their daughter stolen away by the culprits. The chase leads to London and ultimately to the site of one of Hitch's most extraordinary pieces of suspense (though on this count, it must be said, the later version is superior). Take away distracting comparisons to the remake, and this Man Who Knew Too Much is a milestone in Hitchcock's early career. Peter Lorre makes his British debut as a scarred, scary villain. --Tom Keogh

  • Jamaica Inn Dual Format [Blu-ray]Jamaica Inn Dual Format | Blu Ray | (07/11/2016) from £15.09   |  Saving you £4.90 (32.47%)   |  RRP £19.99

    It's generally acknowledged that the Master of Suspense disliked costume dramas, and Jamaica Inn--a rip-roaring melodrama drawn from a Daphne du Maurier pot-boiler, set in 1820s Cornwall--is about as costumed as they come. So what was he doing directing it? Killing time, essentially. In 1939 Hitchcock was due to quit Britain for Hollywood, but delays Stateside left him with time on his hands. Never one to sit idle, he agreed to make one picture for Mayflower Productions, a new outfit formed by actor Charles Laughton and émigré German producer Erich Pommer. An innocent young orphan (the 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara in her first starring role) arrives at her uncle's remote Cornish inn to find it a den of reprobates given to smuggling, wrecking and gross overacting. They're all out-hammed, though, by Laughton at his most corseted and outrageously self-indulgent as the local squire to whom Maureen runs for help. Since his star was also the co-producer, Hitch couldn't do much with the temperamental actor. He contented himself with adding a few characteristic touches--including a spot of bondage (always a Hitchcock favourite), and the chief villain's final spectacular plunge from a high place--and slyly sending up the melodramatic absurdities of the plot. Jamaica Inn hardly stands high in the Master's canon, but it trundles along divertingly enough. Hitchcock fanatics will have fun comparing it with his two subsequent--and far more accomplished--du Maurier adaptations, Rebecca and The Birds.--Philip Kemp

  • Went The Day Well - Digitally Remastered (80 Years of Ealing) [DVD]Went The Day Well - Digitally Remastered (80 Years of Ealing) | DVD | (25/07/2011) from £9.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the story by Grahame Greene Went The Day Well? Is a classic piece of propagandist entertainment a warning to British citizens to remain ever alert for the arrival of the enemy. Alberto Cavalcanti's film tells the story of a quiet English village which has been infiltrated by German Soldiers masquerading as British Troops leaving the plucky villages to uncover the plot and fight back.

  • Cottage To Let [1941]Cottage To Let | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £10.98   |  Saving you £1.00 (11.12%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in. The interest may not be unconnected with the fact that the landowner is also a key British military inventor. For a start the butler is obviously a Scotland Yard flatfoot.

  • War Box Set 2War Box Set 2 | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £21.58   |  Saving you £-1.59 (-8.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Films comprise: 1. I Was Monty's Double (Dir. John Guillermin 1958) 2. Ice Cold In Alex (Dir. J. Lee Thompson 1958) 3. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942)

  • The Door With Seven Locks [DVD]The Door With Seven Locks | DVD | (26/05/2014) from £6.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (47.13%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Based on a novel by British master of suspense Edgar Wallace this murder mystery features Leslie Banks in brilliantly malevolent form alongside German-born star Lili Palmer. Released in 1940 - a short time after the British Board of Censors changed its guidelines on films with supernatural and horror themes - The Door with Seven Locks is made available here in a brand-new transfer from the only existing 35mm film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. When the wealthy Lord Selford dies he is entombed with a valuable collection of jewels. Seven keys are required to unlock the tomb and release the treasure but a series of mysterious events cause them be scattered; the Canadian heiress to the Selford fortune attempts to unravel the circumstances but she and her fellow investigators find themselves caught in a terrifying web of deceit torture and murder... Special Features: Image gallery Promotional Material PDF

  • 40 Year Old Virgin [2005]40 Year Old Virgin | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £3.34   |  Saving you £17.91 (861.06%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Forty-year-old Andy has done quite a few things in his life - but he's still got one experience to come.

  • Went The Day Well? [1942]Went The Day Well? | DVD | (13/11/2006) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    On the Whitsun weekend of 1942 in the idyllic village of Bramley End German paratroopers disguised as sappers attempt to set up equipment to disrupt Britain's radar defences yet haven't counted on the indomitable spirit of the English villagers! Directed by the Italian director Alberto Cavalcanti and produced by Ealing Studios Went The Day Well? was a commercial feature based loosely upon Graham Greene's fictional short story 'The Lieutenant Died Last'.

  • The Arsenal Stadium Mystery [Blu-ray]The Arsenal Stadium Mystery | Blu Ray | (07/09/2020) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Featuring Arsenal's 1938/39 team line-up and an arguably career-best performance from Leslie Banks as an impeccably eccentric detective, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery remains both a classic whodunit and a high-water mark for pre-war British film. Directed by Oscar-nominated Thorold Dickinson, it is featured here as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Amateur football team The Trojans face their toughest challenge: a charity match against Arsenal in front of a capacity crowd. During the game their star player collapses and dies of poison. Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is assigned to catch the murderer and he has only three days to solve the case before it interferes with his theatre performance! SPECIAL FEATURE Image gallery

  • Ships With Wings [1941]Ships With Wings | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £6.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (128.76%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Ships With Wings

  • Sanders of the River [DVD]Sanders of the River | DVD | (07/03/2016) from £7.29   |  Saving you £2.70 (37.04%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks and Nina Mae McKinney star in this classic adaptation of Edgar Wallace's celebrated adventure story set in British Colonial Nigeria. A box-office triumph that earned director Zoltan Korda the first of his four nominations for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, Sanders of the River is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.Determined to maintain peace in the river district of West Africa, British Commissioner Sanders works closely with Bosambo a probationary chief who, under Sanders' orders, frees a slave convoy sent by another chief, King Mofolaba. Bosambo marries Lilongo, the most beautiful slave, but when Sanders goes on leave King Mofolaba attacks and captures Bosambo's wife. When his attempts to rescue her end in capture as well, all seems lost...SPECIAL FEATURES: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF

  • Ealing Studios Boxset 1Ealing Studios Boxset 1 | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £9.99   |  Saving you £20.00 (66.70%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Kind Hearts and Coronets (Dir. Robert Hamer 1949): Sir Alec Guinness became an international star with his extraordinary performance as eight different characters in this 1949 Ealing Studios classic. Dennis Price (I'm All Right Jack Private Progress) co-stars as Edwardian gentleman Louis Mazzini who plots to avenge his mother's death by seizing the dukedom of the aristocratic d'Ascoyne family. But to gain this inheritance Mazzini must first murder the line of eccentric relatives who stand between him and the title including General d'Ascoyne Admiral d'Ascoyne The Duke of Chalfont Lady Agatha d'Ascoyne and four more all brillantly portrayed by Guinness and leading to one of the most delicious final twists in comedy history. Passport To Pimlico (Dir. Henry Cornelius 1949): An ancient document reveals that London's Pimlico district really belongs to France. And the Pimlico community eager to abandon post-War constraints quickly establish their independence as a ration-free state with hilarious results. Nicholas Nickleby (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1947): The classic Charles Dicken's tale of 'Nicholas Nickleby ' a man who is deprived of his inheritance and travels to seek his fortune with a group of gypsies. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942): The residents of a British village during WWII welcome a platoon of soldiers only to discover that they're actually Germans!

  • Your Witness [DVD]Your Witness | DVD | (13/10/2014) from £6.39   |  Saving you £3.60 (36.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Adam Heyward a leading American lawyer hears that the man who saved his life at Anzio beach is now facing a murder charge and decides to come to England to defend him. Arriving in a picture-postcard village he learns of a female witness whose evidence might exonerate his friend but who had fled the scene of the alleged crime in fear; in his efforts to trace her Heyward faces a number of delicate and perplexing situations all leading to a gripping climax… An intelligent well-made thriller both starring and directed by double-Oscar-nominated Hollywood veteran Robert Montgomery Your Witness also features the magnificent Leslie Banks in one of his final roles and appearances by Stanley Baker James Hayter and Michael Ripper; it is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Special Features: Image Gallery

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