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The League of Gentlemen | 1960 | Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick

The clue is in the title: gentlemen, would-be thieves who are no ordinary crooks but officers and either their equals or their lackeys. Lt Col Hyde is the mastermind and is decidedly narked by being forced out of the military. He recruits seven...

They Were Sisters | 1945 | Phyllis Calvert, James Mason

A strongly acted Gainsborough melodrama charting the married life of three sisters. Phyllis Calvert is happily married while Anne Crawford has a rather dull husband whom she is tired of and cheats on. The third sibling, Dulcie Gray is married to a...

Happy Is the Bride | 1958 | Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott

Bubbling remake of Quiet Wedding, in which a couple who are planning to have a relaxing, enjoyable summer wedding find themselves up to their necks in trouble as their families take over the preparations. Everything seems to conspire against the...

The Lady Vanishes | 1979 | Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould

A watchable remake of the much-love Hitchcock classic. Miss Froy (Angela Lansbury in high camp mode) goes missing on a train leaving hapless Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd flitting from one compartment to the next, where thet are ruthlessly...

The Naked Truth | 1957 | Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers

The Ealing comedy tradition died out in the mid-1950s, but here Michael Pertwee’s screenplay and a superb cast ensured that the memory lingered on. Dennis Price suavely plays a blackmailing journalist who offers to sell a group of victims his...

Oscar Wilde | 1960 | Robert Morley, Ralph Richardson

The race between two screen versions of Wilde’s An Ideal Husband ended in box-office failure for one. The same applied to two biopics of the great dramatist, with this black-and-white version losing out to the more flamboyant The Trials of...

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