What's on this week or so


Television

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Victorian maid blackmails her employer when she discovers he poisoned his wife.

Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger returned to England for this. It's not bad, but they've both got better films on their CVs.

11.00 am Film4 Thur 15 Feb

The Ladykillers (1955)

Classic Ealing comedy, but am I the only one who thinks it over-rated? Little old lady accidentally outwits a gang of thugs and ends up with the loot. Katie Johnson is the old lady and Alec Guinness (overplaying) is the leader of the gang. 

Poster for The Ladykillers

3.00 pm Film4 Thur 15 Feb, 11.00 am Film4 Sun 18 Feb

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Sherlock Holmes gets the Hammer treatment ("It's ten times the terror in Technicolor!"). Peter Cushing makes a fair Holmes though the production looks cheap and the hound is a bit disappointing.

Poster for The Hound of the Baskervilles

  4.50 pm Film4 Thur 15 Feb

The Third Man (1949)

A bona fide classic for lovers of the zither, and the rest of us can enjoy it too.

Photo of Trevor Howard from The Third ManPoster for The Third Man

2.15 pm BBC2 Sat 17 Feb

Carry On Jack (1963)

The Carry Ons' first historical is a tale of seafaring folk. Too few regulars and the presence of a proper plot means this doesn't feel like a Carry On, but it's an enjoyable film.

3.10 pm Film4 Sun 18 Feb, 4.50 pm Film4 Thur 22 Feb

Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Small group of Brits get separated from the army during the desert campaign and have to make their way through the desert to Alexandria. In their midst is Anthony Quayle who claims to be South African but might be working for the Germans. Leading the group is John Mills, fighting to keep off the bottle and giving one of his best performances. Classic war film that ages well.

Poster for Ice Cold in Alex

4.10 pm Film4 Wed 21 Feb

Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)

It's a day in the life of Inspector Jack Hawkins. Nothing special, but it's directed by John Ford and has a script by T.E.B. Clarke. Should have been better.

The main problem for today's audience is that television has done the same thing a thousand times since. Still, there are incidental pleasures: a nice collection of character actors doing cameos (including Anna Massey's debut), it looks good, has a fine sense of the day's rhythm, and there's a lot of fun to be had with lines like "Chummy's for the drop" and other period chat.

Still from Gideon's Day

4.55 pm Film4 Fri 23 Feb

NFT

Coming of Age: A History of British Animation Part 2

A selection of post war animation gems.

18.15 NFT2 Tues 20 Feb