Tag: Comedy

Loot | 1970 | Richard Attenborough, Lee Remick

A bowdlerized version of Joe Orton’s stage play about hidden treasure, dead bodies and sexual ambiguity. Two robbers hide their ill-gotten gains in a coffin in the funeral home where one of them works. However, they then have to repossess the...

Turned Out Nice Again | 1941 | George Formby, Peggy Bryan

Comedy starring George Formby as a textile buyer who is landed with a revolutionary new yarn for the manufacture of underwear with unexpected results. cast George Formby as George Pearson Peggy Bryan as Lydia Elliott Mason as Mrs. Pearson Edward...

Next to No Time | 1958 | Kenneth More, Betsy Drake

Charming, whimsical comedy starring Kenneth More as a hapless inventor who has to try and persuade a wealthy industrialist, Roland Culver, to invest in his scheme while on board the Queen Elizabeth, which is sailing for America. A superstition about...

The Anniversary | Hammer 1968 | Bette Davis, Sheila Hancock

A widowed mother summons her three sons to celebrate her ruby wedding anniversary. The passive boys and their partners have to put up with a vitriolic diatribe from the monster that created them. Adapted from a play by Bill MacIlwraith, this is...

Under Milk Wood | 1972 | Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor

Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices. Made corporeal – and what’s more, tarted up in vulgar Technicolor – Bible black nights don’t possess the leathery lustre they had on the radio, and Polly Garter is...

My Learned Friend | Ealing 1943 | Will Hay, Claude Hulbert

Will Hay’s final film (he actually died six years later but was plagued by ill health during this time), this darkly funny Ealing comedy has him as a lawyer who is one of the many targets of an escaped murderer seeking revenge on the folks who...

The Bargee | 1964 | Harry H. Corbett, Hugh Griffith

British comedy, courtesy of Steptoe and Son screenwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Seriously miscast as a barge-dwelling Lothario, Harry H Corbett does his best to ditch the character for which he is best known (Harold Steptoe), with little...

Gumshoe | 1971 | Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw

Stephen Frear’s first feature casts Albert Finney as a Liverpool bingo-caller who is happiest in a dream world scripted by Dashiell Hammett and starring Humphrey Bogart. Acting out his fantasy, he inadvertently stumbles across a real-life...

Vessel of Wrath | 1938 | Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester,

Charles Laughton excels himself as the drunken beachcomber seducing a spinster in the Dutch East Indies. A long way from his usual roles, such as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Laughton fearlessly portrays his vulnerable character with heart...

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