On we go to week 3 – we hope that you all continue to be safe and well. There are more thrillers than usual this week, but such things are usually just a quirk of the scheduling. Anyway we hope you enjoy the selection.
24 APRIL – l MAY 2020
THE ATOMIC CITY (1952) Saturday 25 April 7.45-9.30pm Talking Pictures (Channel 81)
Gene Barry’s debut as a leading man. He’s a scientist whose son is kidnapped; Lee Aaker (the son) was in Hondo the next year with John Wayne then did 164 episodes of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
LOVE ON THE DOLE (1941) Sunday 26 April 4.00-6.00pm Talking Pictures (Channel 81)
Deborah Kerr was a star from this film on – and deservedly so. Director John Baxter was the Ken Loach of his day and he captures perfectly the hardship, and hope, of life in Manchester.
OPEN RANGE (2002) Sunday 26 April 6.20-9.00pm Paramount (Channel 31)
Kevin Costner directs, and stars in, probably the best western of the last 20 years. Robert Duvall and Annette Bening join him in the fight against Michael Gambon’s land baron.
THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980) Sunday 26 April 10.30pm-12.30am BBC 1
One of the best, and most moving, British films ever made. John Hurt, in the title role, is supported by an excellent cast that includes Anthony Hopkins.
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968) Monday 27 April 12.55-2.50pm Channel 71
Hammer’s adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s black magic novel with Christopher Lee. Popular enough to be supporting Suspiria 10 years later, its critical reputation is stronger now than back then.
CHARADE (1963) Monday 27 April 2.40-4.55pm Film Four
A super gossamer-light romantic confection (with thrills), starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, that will have you thinking Hitchcock was at the helm (he wasn’t; Stanley Donen was).
NOTORIOUS (1946) Tuesday 28 April 7.00-9.00pm Talking Pictures (Channel 81)
A hugely convenient showing of Hitchcock’s South American-set espionage thriller, teaming Cary Grant with Ingrid Bergman. You could compare notes with Charade and write an essay!
CAPRICORN ONE (1978) Anytime on My5 (free to view)
Did the moon landing take place or was it a fake? I saw this in the cinema in 1979. My recollection is that it is an exciting, well-made story with a strong cast (Elliot Gould, James Brolin, Telly Savalas).
HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950) Wednesday 29 April 7.15-9.00pm Talking Pictures (Channel 81)
Scripted by Eric Ambler. Margaret Lockwood is a scientist and Dane Clark a reporter who team up on a mission behind the Iron Curtain.
RAMROD (1947) Thursday 30 April 12 noon-2.pm Paramount (Channel 31)
Interesting films are in short supply today! A noirish western starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake and directed by André de Toth; not the best work of any of them, but diverting enough.
TALK OF THE TOWN (1942) Friday 1 May 2.30-5.00pm Talking Pictures (Channel 81)
Quite a week for Cary Grant fans; this time, he’s a fugitive from a fake murder charge who hides out with Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman. But, hey, it’s witty, intelligent and rather good.
ORANGES AND SUNSHINE (2010) Friday 1 May 11.20pm-1.00am BBC 2
A well-received Silver Screen at the Regent 10 years ago – Emily Watson plays the social worker who uncovered the scandal that the children of unwed mothers had been deported to Australia.
By David Johnson
Chairman of Lyme Regis Film Society
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