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William Fairchild directs this 1950s British comedy starring Richard Basehart, Simone Simon, George Baker, Sid James and Joan Hickson. Disaster strikes during the filming of a movie when the final reel of film is misplaced, leaving the production without an ending. Assistant Producer Joe Blake (Basehart) is sent out to relocate the movie's extras, who are now required for an additional day of filming. This proves tougher than expected since the private lives of the extras, who include disillusioned society girl Toni Howard (Josephine Griffin) and struggling boxer Barney West (James), are arguably as colourful as any onscreen role. Will Joe succeed?
This is a beautiful gift pack featuring one of Agatha Christie's most famous creations: Miss Marple. Aimed at the Christmas market it contains The Thirteen Problems and Miss Marple's Final Cases, gathering together all the Miss Marple short stories. Described by her friend Dolly Bantry as ' the typical old maid of fiction', Miss Marple has lived almost her entire life in the sleepy hamlet of St Mary Mead. Yet, by observing village life she has gained an unparalleled insight into human nature - and used it to devastating effect. As her friend Sir Henry Clithering, the ex-Commissioner of Scotland Yard has been heard to say: 'She's just the finest detective God ever made.' - and many Agatha Christie fans would agree. Appearing for the first time in The Murder at The Vicarage (1930) her crime-fighting career spanned over forty years when she solved her final case in 1977 in Sleeping Murder. With every tale flawlessly plotted by the Queen of Crime herself, these short stories provide a feast for hardened Agatha Christie addicts as well as those who have grown to love the detective through her many film and television appearances.
All seven episodes from the second series of the anthology show in which a number of independent storylines are played out against the unifying backdrop of a traditional British village hall. A village hall is used for any number of purposes: dinners, celebrations, club meetings, even, in tougher times, as a shelter for the people of the village. A number of celebrated writers, including Kenneth Cope, Peter Terson, Donald Churchill, Harry Kershaw and Tim Aspinall, provide their own take on the role of the village hall and the scenes it plays host to. The episodes are: 'Miss Health and Beauty', 'Pie in the Sky', 'The Rough and the Smooth', 'Lot 23', 'Old Scores', 'Silver Threads' and 'Battleground'.
A classic Marple title now available in CD for the first time. First, the mystery man in the church with a bullet-wound... then, the riddle of a dead man's buried treasure... the curious conduct oif a caretaker after a fatal riding accident... the corpse and a tape-measure... the girl framed for theft... and the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger. Six gripping cases with one thing in common - the astonishing deductive powers of Miss Marple.
The second version of John Buchan's classic thriller sees Kenneth More as the innocent man caught up in international intrigue. Richard Hannay (More) meets a young nanny and takes her back to his flat. He soon learns she is not all that she seems to be and when she is murdered he becomes the prime suspect. On the run from the police, he heads to Scotland and searches for the connection with the '39 Steps'.
Michael Redgrave stars in this classic drama based on the novel by Denys Roberts. Percy Brand (Redgrave) is a convicted conman who has been in and out of prison his entire life. Although he has come to terms with his own fate, he cannot bear the thought of his son, Colin (Jeremy Burnham), finding out the truth. When his latest prosecution comes to trial, Percy is horrified to see that Colin is the judge's assistant and does everything he can think of to stop him seeing who he really is.
1950s British romantic comedy starring John Gregson and Diana Dors. After inheriting a large fortune from his father and breaking up with his girlfriend Ethel (Susan Stephen), young northerner Chayley Broadbent (Gregson) heads to London where he meets and falls for nightclub performer Ruthine West (Dors). He later proposes to Ruthine but becomes wise to the fact that she may only be after his money. Will he go ahead with the marriage or return to his former life?
Collection of four films from the popular 'Carry On' series of British comedies. In 'Carry On Regardless' (1961), the head of a temp agency (Sid James) finds that all the people on his books are incapable of performing the odd jobs they are hired for. Eager employees include Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor and Joan Sims. In 'Carry On Cruising' (1962), just as the luxury liner 'Happy Wanderer' is due to set sail for the Mediterranean, a crisis arises which sees all the crew replaced with incompetent fools. In 'Carry On Jack' (1963), able seaman Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) signs up for adventure on the high seas with the wicked Captain Fearless (Williams). Finally, in 'Carry On Cabby' (1963), Charlie (James), owner of the Speedee Cabs company, finds he has some serious competition when his wife Peggy (Hattie Jacques) sets up a rival firm, consisting only of glamorous female drivers.
The first four films from the hugely popular 'Carry On' series. In 'Carry On Sergeant' (1958), a sergeant (William Hartnell) takes a bet that the last recruits he trains will win the 'Star Squad' award. The sergeant's inept young charges include Bob Monkhouse, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor. In 'Carry On Teacher' (1959), trouble erupts at a secondary school when inspectors arrive to evaluate the teachers' work. A group of pupils (led by a youthful Richard O'Sullivan) who don't want their teacher transferred to a different job play up. In 'Carry On Nurse' (1959), the patients in a men's hospital ward decide to revolt against the staff, as led by the indomitable Matron (Hattie Jacques). Finally, in 'Carry On Constable' (1959), police sergeant Wilkins (Sid James) has a new batch of dubious recruits on his hands, whose idea of covert surveillance involves dressing up in drag.
Vincent Price plays a Shakespearian actor Edward Lionheart, who re-enacts murder scenes penned by the famous bard, in order to gain revenge on the nine theatre critics who have denied him the Best Actor of the Year award. His accomplice is his devoted daughter (Diana Rigg) and together they seek revenge in a most bloody and violent way: one critic is decapitated in his bed, one is made to murder his own wife and another is forced to eat his beloved dogs.
Oscar-winning thriller from the Boulting Brothers. When a scientist, Professor Willingdon (Barry Jones), sends a letter to 10 Downing Street threatening to blow up the Houses of Parliament within a week unless the Prime Minister agrees to his demands, it is dismissed as a hoax. But when Willingdon disappears, alarm bells start to ring, and soon the whole of London is out looking for him.
Collection of four British crime thrillers from the 1950s. In 'High Treason' (1951), after the destruction of the SS Asia Star in London Docks, Commander 'Robbie' Brennan (Liam Redmond) joins forces with Special Branch and MI5 to investigate an underground terrorist group plotting acts of sabotage. They discover that the group are planning an attack on a power station. Can they stop them before it's too late? In 'The Big Chance' (1957), fed up with living his mundane life, travel agency employee Bill Anderson (William Russell) siezes his opportunity for a change when a customer returns tickets to Panama. Bill decides to take the tickets and go to Panama himself. While at the airport, however, he is distracted by the alluring Diana Maxwell (Adrienne Corri). When the flight is delayed until the following day, Diana manages to get Bill involved in all manner of misadventures. Will he be glad of this change from the humdrum of his daily existence? In 'Dublin Nightmare' (1958), adapted from the novel by Robin Estridge, Steve Lawlor (Richard Leech) is reported dead following a car accident after he helped a Republican gang rob a Northern Irish security vehicle. The loot has gone missing and while the gang believe the car passenger Danny O'Callaghan (Pat O'Sullivan) has betrayed them, Lawlor's former girlfriend is convinced he is still alive. His photographer friend John Kevin (William Sylvester) investigates. In 'Deadly Nightshade' (1953) Robert Matthews (Emrys Jones) is arrested in Cornwall when he is mistaken for convict John Barlow, to whom he bears a striking resemblance. When Barlow (also Jones) hears of this, he makes his way to the man's cottage and takes his place. After surviving a local shipwreck Robert's fiancée Ann Farrington (Zena Marshall) is taken in by Barlow, who maintains his imposture but soon discovers that Matthews is not all he seems.
«"A fascinating and fast-paced biography weaves together the remarkable career of fighter Muhammad Ali with the political movements of the '6s and '7s... concentrate[s] on the flamboyant boxer's professional accomplishments and their roots in American racial injustice... will introduce a generation of readers... to the man many sportswriters consider the 'Athlete of the Century.'" - Kirkus Reviews, starred review «"A story about a black man of tremendous courage, the kind of universal story that needs a writer as talented as [the Newbery Honor author] Myers to retell it for every generation." - Booklist, starred review
Part of the new-look series of Miss Marple audio books for the 21st century. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.' A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out...
A classic Marple mystery, superbly read by Joan Hickson. Available for the first time on audio. Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme!
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