Tag: Derek Francis

The Criminal | 1960 | Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker

This exceptional British crime drama opens itself up to influences from other shores, to America for its attempt at noirish morality tale, and Europe to paint its hero as an existential loner. Stanley Baker is wonderfully intense in the lead role, a...

Carry On Abroad | 1972 | Sid James, Kenneth Williams

As the tagline said, it’s about "The holiday of a laugh-time". Sid James and a group of British holiday-makers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels, to be met by rep Kenneth Williams From the moment the key characters are...

Carry on Doctor | 1967 | Jim Dale, Kenneth Williams,

Here – in the second of four hospital-set films (Nurse, Matron, Again Doctor) – the team are joined by Frankie Howerd as Francis Bigger, who fears his death is imminent. The ostensible hero is Dr Kilmore (Jim Dale), sacked for dalliance...

Scrooge | 1970 | Albert Finney, Edith Evans

Albert Finney took over the role of Dickens’s crotchety old miser three weeks before production after both Richard Harris and Rex Harrison had to drop out because of other commitments. Although rather hammy at times, Finney holds the screen...

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