Sidney James

  • Gerald Thomas – Carry on Again Doctor (1969)

    Gerald Thomas1961-1970ComedyUnited Kingdom
    Carry on Again Doctor (1969)
    Carry on Again Doctor (1969)

    Dr Nookey is disgraced and sent to a remote island hospital. He is given a secret slimming potion by a member of staff, Gladstone Screwer, and he flies back to England to fame and fortune. But others want to cash in on his good fortunes, and some just want him brought down a peg or two.Read More »

  • Ken Hughes – The House Across the Lake (1954)

    Ken Hughes1951-1960DramaFilm NoirHammer FilmsUSA

    Quote:
    Written and directed by Ken Hughes (the 1967 Casino Royale), Heat Wave employs the regular film noir convention of a man who has run out of rope confessing his story to an unseen presence (the audience). Novelist Mark Kendrick (the film’s requisite American, Alex Nicol, also known for Jacques Tourneur’s Great Day in the Morning) is found by a mysterious figure at the bar where he is drowning his sorrows, and Mark’s ready to spill them out. Cut to Mark wrestling with his typewriter at his lakeside home, looking across the water at an opulent house and the fancy lights on its dock (how Great Gatsby!). Carol Forrest (Hillary Brooke, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd), a rich and glamorous blonde, phones him and asks him to ferry her friends across the lake, and of course, he ends up ferrying himself to his own doom.Read More »

  • Val Guest – Quatermass 2 (1957)

    1951-1960ClassicsHammer FilmsSci-FiUnited KingdomVal Guest

    Quote:
    Based on the British TV serial by Nigel Kneale (who reportedly disliked the finished product), the film stars Brian Donlevy, repeating the role of Professor Quatermass. This time, the good professor must contend with a `meteor shower` which turns out to be a secret alien invasion. The extraterrestrials arrive on earth in rocklike vehicles, then take over the minds and nervous systems of earthlings, the better to go about their business undetected. Subliminally a cruel satire of British bureaucracy and obfuscation, Enemy from Space also works on a pure-horror level, building slowly and methodically to a powerhouse finale. For many years a `lost` film due to legal tangles, Enemy from Space has recently become available again on video and cable TV. – All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Charles Crichton – The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

    1951-1960Charles CrichtonComedyCrimeUnited Kingdom

    Wikipedia wrote:
    The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke, directed by Charles Crichton and starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway and Sid James as gold bullion thieves. The title refers to Lavender Hill, a street in Battersea, a district of South London, in the postcode district SW11, near to Clapham Junction railway station.

    Audrey Hepburn made an early film appearance in a small role as Chiquita near the start of the film.Read More »

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