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#548861 - 19/12/18 08:56 AM 1950s films
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I wonder whether anyone watches 1950s / early 1960s films on the 'Talking Pictures' channel? This specialises in British B and W films and newsreels of the period and is a must for anyone interested in the cars and road conditions of the time even if the films may be regarded as suboptimal.
Earlier this week 'Circle of Danger' (1951) was aired featuring Ray Milland and Patricia Roc but the star was the late 1920 Mercedes (two seater SS I think) seen driving around London and Scotland towards the end of the film. Would have been high on a trad owners wish-list I think.
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#548864 - 19/12/18 09:17 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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I'd not come across this before Rob, thanks for the heads-up. I do love a 1950's movie.

Sky 328 for those of you on satellite.
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#548876 - 19/12/18 09:47 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Virgin 445; Freeview /Youview 81; Sky 328; Freesat 306

When I get the TV to myself I watch practically nothing else now. Last Saturday afternoon was brilliant, Devil Girl From Mars followed by The Magnet.

They are a very small outfit run by a father and daughter but they have just become Britain's biggest independent television channel, deservedly so.

By the way, as well as old British films they also hold a lot of the back catalogue of the long defunct Southern Television, which includes Dick Barton - Special Agent.

talkingpicturestv.co.uk
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#548887 - 19/12/18 10:30 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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It gets use here as well. Our little SkyQ thingy has a fair few stored for the boring bits when all channels are transmitting Br***t unicorn droppings.
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#548889 - 19/12/18 10:33 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Thanks for the post. There are so many channels to look at, I have never ventured all the way down to 81 on FreeSat, I must give it a look.
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#548953 - 19/12/18 04:53 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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I love B&W Films 50/60s streets of London, not just the cars but the Buses and Lorries, as at 10years of age helping my Dad in the Garage these were the vehicles we worked on.


Strange but true, all my memories of been a kid up to about 11years of age are in black and white, all the cars we owned up to 1965 were Black until he ventured into a Vanden Plas 3.0l which was two tone Cream/Brown.
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#548959 - 19/12/18 05:14 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Really glad to know I am not alone in liking this channel as both my wife and I tend to turn to this more than any other now. What is great about it is the unexpected gems of newsreels and filmed 'glimpses' of life that don't feature in the printed TV schedules in the papers or TV mags.
Ian mentions the old television serials and these change intermittently. Earlier on in the year a series of the Invisible Man was aired complete with much footage of him driving his Austin Healey 3000 - mainly on empty arterial roads.
Also really liked 'The Magnet' Ian. Charming film with great location footage of Merseyside showing its broader diversity.
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#549080 - 20/12/18 10:19 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: lowebird]
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Originally Posted By lowebird
Thanks for the post. There are so many channels to look at, I have never ventured all the way down to 81 on FreeSat, I must give it a look.


Silly old sod, that Freeview not Freesat. No wonder I couldn't find it, I will give it another go.
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#552092 - 06/01/19 12:45 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Originally Posted By Rob Thornton
Ian mentions the old television serials and these change intermittently. Earlier on in the year a series of the Invisible Man was aired complete with much footage of him driving his Austin Healey 3000 - mainly on empty arterial roads.

Yes, Invisible Man was good, featuring a very young Deborah Watling. Also worth watching was Scotland Yard, 30 minutes "shorts" introduced by Edgar Lustgarten, originally made for the cinema. Lots of street scenes in that and plenty of Wolesely police cars!

Recently they have been broadcasting Colonel March of Scotland Yard, with Boris Karloff as Colonel March, the eye-patch wearing head of Scotland Yard's "Department of Queer Complaints" (yes really). One of the very first ITV series, made in 1955. Unfortunately, it is mostly studio-bound so you don't often get to see vehicles ... or indeed any outdoor scenes. And some of the plotlines are a bit shaky!

However, later this month TPTV starts a repeat run of Gideon's Way with John Gregson, which is a treasure trove of early 60's street scenes and pretty decent storylines.

~ian
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#552134 - 06/01/19 02:11 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Has anybody else noticed that "period" films made recently all seem to feature spotless period cars. Totally unrealistic, clearly supplied by fastidious owners. Shame we don't see many oily rag jobs ooo
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#552142 - 06/01/19 02:35 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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I guess that this is inevitable given that, as you say, all the cars are loaned by generally careful and proud owners.
To see cars as they were, the only way is to view old films such as those mentioned in previous posts. Watching 'Gumshoe' (released 1971) last night with Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw in a Lotus Europa brought home this point. Although much later than some of the periods featured in recent productions, most of the cars featured looked well worn and less than pristine. Having said that, most of the buildings and street scenes looked pretty grubby too. We have probably forgotten that even within our driving lifetimes (well, some of us at least) most aspects of our environment have changed visually. It was not until the 80s that city buildings started to be refurbished en masse and their thick coating of velvety soot cleaned off. Gumshoe was a colour film but it may well have been in black and white!
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#552150 - 06/01/19 02:49 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Burgundymog]
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Originally Posted By Burgundymog
Has anybody else noticed that "period" films made recently all seem to feature spotless period cars. Totally unrealistic, clearly supplied by fastidious owners. Shame we don't see many oily rag jobs ooo


Yes I have too, the good lady calls me to have a look at Call the Midwife when they have some 50/60's cars and vans on and they are much too clean.

I expect some could come from the largest private collection in the UK that rents them out owned by Rodger Dudding at Studio 434, Motorpunk magazine ran a good feature on him a while back.
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#552182 - 06/01/19 03:55 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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There was an XK120 in a show recently. It looked great in the exterior shots but when they went to the close-ups they switched to a dreadful back projection, which looked really dated. I had to assume that the owner wouldn't let them stick cameras on the car.
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#552252 - 06/01/19 07:55 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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swmbo often comments about the older films and documentaries I watch. Yes to the old film channels and PBSAmerica channel often has some great stuff of many subjects.
Sky 160.....don’t know freeview freesat channels.


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#552285 - 06/01/19 10:01 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: sospan]
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#552343 - 07/01/19 11:58 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Genevieve, the 1953 film about two friends completing on the London to Brighton rally, has been showing on Sky channels recently. Great film with loads of period road shots of London at that time.
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#552358 - 07/01/19 01:36 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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That's my favourite period film Ray.

Especially the final scenes on the streets of London which still have tram lines in the ŕoad.
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#552368 - 07/01/19 02:19 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: DaveW]
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Especially the final scenes on the streets of London which still have tram lines in the ŕoad.

Ssshhh ... Spoiler alert! quiet

Yes, Genevieve has some good 1950s London street scenes at the beginning and end, and some period shots of Brighton in the middle. You get to see some interesting roads in the rest of the film too, although being in Hertfordshire they're a little way off the normal London-Brighton route!

A hugely successful and well-loved film, almost certainly the movie I have watched most often. Unbelievably it very nearly didn't get released at all due to the studio boss hating it!
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#552404 - 07/01/19 05:24 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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We watched it as well.

I was a little surprised to see the London to Brighton include signs for Slough!
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#552406 - 07/01/19 05:32 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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‘School For Scoundrels’ is one of my favourite films of all time

Got it on Blu-Ray last year

It was filmed in 59 but released 1960 so technically I’ll add it to this thread

British comedy at its very best and plenty of driving and car scenes
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#552427 - 07/01/19 07:00 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Ray]
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Genevieve, the 1953 film about two friends completing on the London to Brighton rally, has been showing on Sky channels recently. Great film with loads of period road shots of London at that time.


I've always liked that film too, although Kenneth Moore (Ambrose Claverhouse)'s Spyker is actually a 1905 model, so wouldn't have been eligible......
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#552440 - 07/01/19 07:50 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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One of my favourites, but not B & W, is The Fast Lady. Made at Beaconsfield Studios in 1962 where I lived as a nipper so lots of scenes were familiar, 1927 red label Bentley was one of the stars.
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#552464 - 07/01/19 10:13 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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For mid 50s sports cars, the film 'Checkpoint' is pretty good. For those not familiar with it, the film has a thin, thriller plot but the 'documentary' footage centres around a motor race, believed to be the 1955 Mille Miglia. Typical British cast of James Robertson Justice, Anthony Steel, Stanley Baker etc. Weakish plot but the stars are the cars and the Italian scenery with the focus on a team driving Aston Martin DB3s.
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#552466 - 07/01/19 10:22 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Ray]
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Genevieve, the 1953 film about two friends completing on the London to Brighton rally, has been showing on Sky channels recently. Great film with loads of period road shots of London at that time.


I now have the Larry Adler theme stuck in my head. It could be worse.
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#552467 - 07/01/19 10:25 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Rob Thornton]
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Originally Posted By Rob Thornton
For mid 50s sports cars, the film 'Checkpoint' is pretty good. For those not familiar with it, the film has a thin, thriller plot but the 'documentary' footage centres around a motor race, believed to be the 1955 Mille Miglia. Typical British cast of James Robertson Justice, Anthony Steel, Stanley Baker etc. Weakish plot but the stars are the cars and the Italian scenery with the focus on a team driving Aston Martin DB3s.


Thanks for that.

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#552508 - 08/01/19 08:52 AM Re: 1950s films [Re: pandy]
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I've always liked that film too, although Kenneth Moore (Ambrose Claverhouse)'s Spyker is actually a 1905 model, so wouldn't have been eligible......

The Spyker is now in the Louwman Museum.

The Darraq is a frequent competitor in the VCC run, which gives me an excuse to post these from last November!



The first, behind the grinning idiot, taken in Regent Street and the second unobstructed view on Madeira Drive Brighton the following afternoon.
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#552528 - 08/01/19 12:24 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Burgundymog]
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Originally Posted By Burgundymog
Has anybody else noticed that "period" films made recently all seem to feature spotless period cars. Totally unrealistic, clearly supplied by fastidious owners. Shame we don't see many oily rag jobs ooo


I’ve met a few classic car owners that regularly lend their cars out to film companies for period work - there are agencies that specialise in this sort of thing

It’s quite good money and the owners get to stay on set and sometimes drive their cars although a few have said when you’ve done it once it gets a bit boring with a lot of waiting around

Mainly from the Ford classic owners club
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#552532 - 08/01/19 12:34 PM Re: 1950s films [Re: Burgundymog]
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Originally Posted By Burgundymog
Has anybody else noticed that "period" films made recently all seem to feature spotless period cars. Totally unrealistic, clearly supplied by fastidious owners. Shame we don't see many oily rag jobs ooo
. There could be a nice little sideline there, Get paid to throw buckets of dirty water over them as they drive on the set.


Edited by Ray (08/01/19 12:35 PM)
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