Robert Hamer

  • Robert Hamer – The Spider and the Fly (1949)

    1941-1950CrimeRobert HamerThrillerUnited Kingdom

    Synopsis:
    This is an unusual film from the highly-rated Robert Hamer containing two superb performances from Eric Portman and the statuesque Guy Rolfe. Rolfe is a revelation in that he is in no way overshadowed by Portman and his physical presence dominates his scenes. The script matches the performances and the locations, direction, lighting, and camera-work ensure is it wholly convincing throughout. Set in France just before and during the Great War, there are some truly tense and suspenseful scenes and the film holds you from start to finish. It is a picture which, because of its unusual atmosphere and setting, together with the performances and story-line, stays with you. The last two scenes are touching and beautifully played. Why more was not made of Guy Rolfe’s talent and presence by giving him more prime roles in his career is a mystery to me. Try not to miss this one.Read More »

  • Robert Hamer – Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)

    1941-1950DramaRobert HamerThrillerUnited Kingdom

    Synopsis:
    Absorbing period melodrama set in 1890s Brighton about an autocratic chemist and public analyst who rules his wife, daughters and son David with iron discipline. David, whose attempts at romance are thwarted by his father, seeks solace in a pub where he becomes dangerously infatuated with landlord’s wife.Read More »

  • Robert Hamer – Kind Hearts and Coronets [+commentary] (1949)

    1941-1950ComedyCrimeRobert HamerUnited Kingdom

    Quote:
    Film Forum writes:Poor relation Dennis Price, ninth in line to the Dukedom of Chalfont, coolly narrates from prison his ascent to the peerage via serial murder, bumping off one D’Ascoyne after another, from an arrogant playboy, to a bullet-headed general, to a stiff-upperlipped Admiral, to a dotty reverend, to a formidable dowager — all, plus three more, played by Alec Guinness.Read More »

  • Robert Hamer & Hal E. Chester & Cyril Frankel – School for Scoundrels (1960)

    1951-1960ClassicsComedyCyril FrankelHal E. ChesterRobert HamerUnited Kingdom

    Synopsis:
    Henry Palfrey, new pupil at the College of Lifemanship at Yeovil, recounts his depressing history to the principal, Mr. Potter. The proprietor of a small family business, he is bullied in his office by his chief clerk; he is humiliated by head waiters; he has been tricked by two second-hand car salesmen into buying a decrepit and costly wreck of a car; he has lost his girl, April Smith, to the insufferable Raymond Delauney; and he has allowed Delauney to beat him at tennis.Read More »

  • Robert Hamer – Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

    1941-1950ComedyCrimeRobert HamerUnited Kingdom


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    Synopsis:
    Director Robert Hamer’s fiendishly funny Kind Hearts and Coronets stands as one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives—all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness—must be eliminated before he can do so.Read More »

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