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From the DVR: The Wonderful World of Disney

The Starz/Encore people have managed to acquire some feature film titles from Walt Disney Pictures of late, because I was afforded an opportunity to catch up with two of the studio’s animation releases that had eluded me for a good while: The Princess and the Frog (2009; I liked this one) and Frozen (2013; not… Continue reading From the DVR: The Wonderful World of Disney

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“I’m going down the pub!”

From 1965 to 1975, British TV audiences made Till Death Us Do Part—a taboo-breaking program about a working-class family whose patriarch (played by Warren Mitchell) wasn’t shy about making his uncomfortably racist views loud and clear—one of the BBC’s most popular situation comedies.  Created by Johnny Speight, who based much of the show on his own upbringing (a situation he… Continue reading “I’m going down the pub!”

Television

Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest

The success of importing the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus to public television stations in the mid-70s led to a “British Invasion” of sitcoms and comedy shows that, sadly, have been abandoned because these same stations are apparently unable to see offerings beyond the overexposed Are You Being Served?  I rag on AYBS a lot, but it’s mostly due to its saturation in the… Continue reading Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest

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“Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

Because I decided to start a Facebook page for Thrilling Days of Yesteryear some time back, the social media behemoth takes it upon itself every now and then to remind me when I haven’t generated any new content on the blog.  (As if I wasn’t already aware of this.  Facebook must be taking guilt lessons… Continue reading “Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

Classic Movies

Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

It is July 1940 in London, and accompanied by her friend Winnie (Billie Whitelaw), Violette Bushnell (Virginia McKenna) invites a soldier named Etienne Szabo (Alain Saury) to her family’s home for dinner.  Violette was born to a French mother (Denise Grey) and English father (Jack Warner), and what started out as a tribute to a French… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)