Mr Film

The Saint In London | 1939 | George Sanders, Sally Gray

George Sanders slips into Simon Templar guise for a second time, to track down a gang of counterfeiters who have swindled a European count out of a million-pound stack of cash. The plot thickens when he uncovers a foreign-currency laundering scheme...

Major Barbara | 1941 | Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison

David Lean adapts Shaw’s play, casting Wendy Hiller as the Salvation Army major who gradually becomes disillusioned with missionary life when her wealthy father begins donating some of his fortune to the cause. At the same time, she is trying...

They Made Me a Fugitive | 1947 | Sally Gray, Trevor Howard

Alberto Cavalcanti made too few British features and this dark thriller caused some anguish on release for its toughness and the successful depiction of the under-belly of post-war London life. Cav was plainly influenced by US noir cinema and by...

Two Way Stretch | 1960 | Peter Sellers, Maurice Denham

A fine Sunday afternoon comedy. Peter Sellers stars as the crook who’s spent his time in chokey coming up with a plan for the perfect robbery. What could possibly go wrong? Three old lags (Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins) concoct...

Yesterday’s Hero | 1979 | Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers

Jackie Collins-scripted nonsense which follows the misfortunes of washed up footballer Ian McShane, as he struggles against all the odds to stage a comeback. Collins just uses the football as a backdrop for her usual glossy melodrama without even...

Jamaica Inn | 1939 | Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara

Alfred Hitchcock’s final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama. Set in 19th-century Cornwall, and about an orphan girl who becomes involved with smugglers...

Ask a Policeman | 1939 | Will Hay, Graham Moffatt

A classic British comedy starring the peerless Hay in this sequel to Oh Mr Porter. Hay is the dummkopf Sgt Dudfoot, transferred to a sleepy rural village where it’s reckoned he’ll do least harm. Bored to bits, he concocts a cunning plan...

Callan | 1974 | Edward Woodward Eric Porter

Overdue big-screen outing for the popular long-running TV series which adds little to the small-screen exploits of Edward Woodward as the ex-secret agent specializing in rubbing out the bad guys. Director Don Sharp tries a little too hard to shake...

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