A crime novelist stages an imaginative prank to prove that the perfect murder is possible - but finds it has catastrophic consequences in this cleverly plotted thriller with a deft humorous touch. Shot in the Autumn of 1936 at Welwyn Studios, No Exit (which was filmed as No Escape before reverting to its original title) is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.Convinced that it is possible to commit a murder and avoid detection, a crime writer wagers a young friend that he can conceal him for a month he is confident that even if the disappearance is noticed he will be able to hoodwink Scotland Yard. When the 'victim' accidentally comes to grief, however, the harmless prank goes disastrously wrong...
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
From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the pre-war British musical films offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars. This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. DANCE BAND (1935) Life gets complicated for bandleader Buddy when he falls for his greatest rival the leader of an all-girl dance band! KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN (1937) A hugely popular, much-adapted comedy in which a Liverpool lass visits family in rural Ireland and finds she has several rivals for her affections. HOLD MY HAND (1938)Eddie Marston is wealthy and kind, but his affairs are rapidly descending into chaos. Who can help him? YES, MADAM? (1938) The hilarious tale of two cousins who must complete a period in domestic service in order to receive an inheritance.
This cracking Brit-noir crime thriller features relatively early roles for Googie Withers James Hayter future Bond star Bernard Lee and Broadway veteran Jack La Rue who would become familiar to cinemagoers as one of Hollywood's most dependable screen gangsters. Released in Britain in 1939 Murder in Soho is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. One of the brightest spots in Soho was the Cotton Club run by American Steve Marco. Steve was proud of his club's reputation; it was an excellent 'blind' for more important activities. So when double-crossing Joe Lane threatened to tell the police of Steve's past Joe had to be murdered. Steve was not going to have anyone destroy what had taken years to build... Special Features: Image Gallery Original Script PDF
Featuring a very early role for Oscar winner John Mills alongside legendary comic actors Leslie Fuller and Moore Marriott, A Political Party tells the story of a north-country chimney sweep who stands for Parliament and is opposed by a local bigwig. His campaign is imperilled when his artist son, Tony, falls in love with a girl who has reason to hope that the bigwig will be elected...This hilarious and rare comedy is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.SPECIAL FEATURES:Image GalleryOriginal Script PDF
The ebullient comedy films of the 1930s brought escape and laughter to millions of British cinemagoers, enabling veteran stars of the music-hall and theatre to reach out to a wider audience making household names of performers like Leslie Fuller, Hal Gordon, Bobby Howes, Ernest Lotinga and Gene Gerrard.Although comedy would prove to be the decade's most successful film genre, many of these classic early talkies have remained unseen since their original release. This ongoing collection showcases a wealth of rare features, each presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the best available elements in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.LET ME EXPLAIN, DEAR (1932)A husband flirts with a pretty girl after a taxi smash, but a delicate situation ensues when he has to explain the presence of her necklace in his pocket!THE OUTCAST (1934)A music-hall star and his best mate are conned out of their earnings (twice!) and left with nothing but a beloved greyhound.
An action-packed double bill featuring H.C. McNeile's famous fictional hero! Both films are presented as High Definition transfers from original film elements. The Return of Bulldog Drummond showcases a feisty performance by Ralph Richardson, alongside Ann Todd and noted character actor Francis L. Sullivan. When Drummond's wife is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless villains he enlists the help of vigilante organisation the Black Clan to track down the criminals responsible and give them a damned good thrashing. Bulldog Drummond at Bay stars '30s leading man John Lodge, who gives an impressive performance in this energetic story of international intrigue! Drummond finds himself in conflict with members of a pacifist organisation who are, in fact, agents of a foreign power. Their aim: to possess the plans - by whatever means necessary - for a top-secret remote-controlled aircraft.
The ebullient comedy films of the 1930s brought escape and laughter to millions of British cinemagoers, enabling veteran stars of the music-hall and theatre to reach out to a wider audience - making household names of performers like Leslie Fuller, Hal Gordon, Bobby Howes, Ernest Lotinga and Gene Gerrard. Although comedy would prove to be the decade's most successful film genre, many of these classic early talkies have remained unseen since their original release. From boisterous knockabout humour to polished adaptations of popular stage farces, this ongoing collection showcases a wealth of rare features, each presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the best available elements in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. THEIR NIGHT OUT (1933) An evening of cocktails and frolicking lands a chap in hot water when he's suspected of masterminding a criminal gang! DOCTOR'S ORDERS (1934) Leslie Fuller stars as a quack whose son qualifies as a doctor in total ignorance of his father's occupation!
Released a year prior to the outbreak of World War II, this espionage thriller taps into the fears and concerns of the time and features imposing screen and stage star Geoffrey Toone as a Naval commander who alone is entrusted with secret information that might foil an enemy invasion. Also starring Clifford Evans, Judy Kelly and comedian Albert Burdon, The Luck of the Navy is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. International relations are strained; there is a strong possibility of war and, should diplomacy fail, Britain must be prepared to strike the first, and hopefully decisive, blow. The British Navy is the instrument, and Commander Clive Stanton the man chosen for a special and secret mission. He receives sealed orders as he is about to go ashore to dine with Mrs Maybridge, a local socialite and wife of a retired admiral unaware that the house has been infiltrated by fifth columnists...
Save a Little Sunshine (Dir. Norman Lee) (1938): In this musical comedy a man earns a reward and decides to spend some of it on restoring a ramshackle boarding house. Unfortunately his endeavor fails and he ends up working there to make ends meet. Later his ingenious girl friend saves the day by suggesting he turn the house into a fancy restaurant. Sailors Three (Dir. Walter Forde) (1940): Three British sailors find they've accidentally strayed on board a Nazi ship during WWII. They then proceed to take it over and requisition it for the Royal Navy. The Foreman Went To France (Dir. Charles Frend) (1942): Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment. Fiddlers Three (Dir. Harry Watt) (1944): A pair of Jolly Jack Tars on shore leave take a Wren (lady sailor) to Stonehenge and get caught in a time warp finishing up in ancient Rome. The Bells Go Down (Dir. Basil Dearden) (1943): Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire bombings of WWII. Bitter Springs (Dir. Ralph Smart) (1950): Tommy Trinder is called in to smooth things out when Wally King encroaches upon Aboriginal Tribal ground. Champagne Charlie (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti) (1944): The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.
This lively comedy of 1933 provided an early film role for Leslie Fuller and sees the wildly popular rubber-faced actor and entertainer once touted as Elstree s own Clark Gable playing identical twins with very different ambitions: one is a policeman who longs to join a circus the other a farm hand who wants to be a policeman! The Pride of the Force also marked the first and only screen pairing of Fuller and his future wife Nan Bates with the couple meeting on-set for the first time. This long-unseen feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURES:  Image Gallery
JOEY BOY While posters urge austerity and vigilance in wartime Britain, 'Joey Boy' Thompson has never had it better. But police stage a lightning raid and offer Joey and his fellow reprobates a stark choice: sign up for active service, or face another stint inside! Starring HARRY H. CORBETT, STANLEY BAXTER, BILL FRASER, PERCY HERBERT and LANCE PERCIVAL 1965 | 1.66:1 | Black and White | Mono | English | 88 mins | Cert PG OPERATION BULLSHINE A group of Auxiliary Territorial Service girls are stationed at an anti-aircraft post on the English coast along with the handsome lieutenant in charge of the battery and his wife (a fellow-ATS girl who's none too happy about her husband's latest posting!). Starring DONALD SINDEN, BARBARA MURRAY, CAROLE LESLEY, RONALD SHINER and NAUNTON WAYNE 1959 | 1.66:1 | Colour | Mono | English | 81 mins | Cert PG JOSSER IN THE ARMY Serial bungler Tommy Josser gets caught up in military escapades during wartime! Our hapless hero masquerades as a German general and unmasks a spy but ends up getting captured! Starring ERNEST LOTINGA, JACK FROST, HAL GORDON, HAROLD WILKINSON and ARNOLD BELL 1932 | 1.33:1 | Black and White | Mono | English | 75 mins | Cert U ON THE FIDDLE Tricked into joining the RAF by a wily judge, wide boy Horace Pope sets his sights on the main chance, teams with slow-witted, good-hearted gypsy Pedlar Pascoe, and works up a lucrative racket in conning both his colleagues and the RAF! Starring ALFRED LYNCH, SEAN CONNERY, CECIL PARKER, STANLEY HOLLOWAY and ALAN KING 1961 | 1.66:1 | Black and White | Mono | English | 93 mins | Cert PG
The House in Marsh RoadSupernatural thriller based on the novel by Laurence Meynell. David Linton (Tony Wright) is a hard drinking womanising would be writer his wife Jean (Patrica Dainton) supports David the best she can seeing only the best in him. Out of the blue Jean is left a house by a distant Aunt. Jean hopes that it will be the fresh start they need but David plans to dispose of Jean and have the house for himself and his lover but the house has other ideas... Also stars Sam Kydd Monkey's PawBased on the famous horror short story by author W. W. Jacob and filmed at Kay Carlton Hill Studios at St John's Wood. A curio dealer sells a monkey's paw that can grant the processor three wishes but warns that disaster will follow. Mr Trelawne (Milton Rosmer) hastily wishes his gambling debts away. Mrs Trelawne (Megs Jenkins) wishes their dead son back to life but the wishes only bring pain and sorrow. This 1948 film was directed by Norman Lee and also stars Michael Martin-Harvey Sydney Tafler and Alfie Bass.
This exuberant comedy tells the story of an old man who is to inherit a large legacy from a distant cousin but only if he can prove he is in need. Determined to get the bequest he tries to fritter away all his remaining cash but just can't seem to stop making money! One of several popular early-thirties comedies by director Norman Lee noted for his collaborations with Leslie Fuller and 'Josser' creator Ernie Lotinga Money Talks boasts a rare appearance by legendary East-End boxing champion Jack 'Kid' Berg ('the Whitechapel Windmill'). It is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
The Case of Charles Peace a 1949 John Argyle Production made at Merton Park Studios released by Monarch. This film is based on a true story nicely directed by Norman Lee and it is a minor gem not because it won awards had a great cast or a huge budget but because it's a small British production that entertains. Lead Michael Martin Harvey a relative unknown and as a mixture of Robin Hood and the devil is oddly hypnotic in the role. The film very cleverly recounts the exploits through the trial of Charles Peace. The film has been restored to a good quality.
Made in commemoration and celebration of the Jubilee of King George V this is the story of the first twenty-five years of his reign told through the many travels of a penny that was minted in the year of his accession: 1910. Through a series of individual stories Royal Cavalcade covers a period of striking change in every area of life – from the suffragette movement to the trenches of World War One the effects of the Depression to single events such as the first ever Royal Command Performance featuring Anna Pavlova and George Robey. Combining newsreel footage and dramatised re-enactments and boasting some of the era's most popular stage and screen stars this little-seen documentary feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in it as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Special Features: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF's
Starring British blonde bombshell Sally Gray opposite debonair film/radio star songwriter and music-hall veteran Billy Milton Saturday Night Revue is a delightfully engaging musical comedy/drama set in '30s London which showcases some the era's finest light musical talent – including Sydney Kyte and his Orchestra Billy Reid and his Accordion Band and Webster Booth. This rare film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer from original film elements in its original aspect ratio. There are two clubs in London called Moons; one in Mayfair and one in Soho. Mary Dorland is singing at the cheap one but her father who does not approve of her singing career believes she is performing at the Society one...
This exuberant comedy tells the story of an old man who is to inherit a large legacy from a distant cousin but only if he can prove he is in need. Determined to get the bequest he tries to fritter away all his remaining cash but just can't seem to stop making money! One of several popular early-thirties comedies by director Norman Lee noted for his collaborations with Leslie Fuller and Josser creator Ernie Lotinga Money Talks boasts a rare appearance by legendary East-End boxing champion Jack Kid Berg ( the Whitechapel Windmill ). It is featured here in a new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
Sailors Three / Save A Little Sunshine
Bulldog Drummond At Bay
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