What's on this week or so


Old Mother Riley in Paris (1938)

Using some insurance money, an Irish washerwoman heads for France to keep an eye on her daughter's errant boyfriend where she gets mistaken for a spy.

Manic nonsense that provides solid fun for fans of Old Mother Riley. Non-fans might find it a tad trying.

1.20 pm Talking Pictures TV Wed 6 June


Gone to Earth (1950)

A big disaster from Powell and Pressburger. This is the rather stupid tale of a Victorian peasant girl (Jennifer Jones) who half the men in the village want to shag. She's more interested in saving foxes from the hunt. It's all very allegorical and all very silly. It was mucked about a lot by producer David O. Selznick (Jones' husband) and virtually re-shot for its American release. The restored version shows what a unique film it was. All its faults are clearly visible and yet there is enough magic here to make watching it an unforgettable experience.

Still from Gone to Earth

9.10 pm Talking Pictures TV Thur 7 June, 6.00 pm Talking Pictures TV Sun 10 June

Carry On Nurse (1959)

Sergeant was the first, but this is the one that really established the Carry Ons. The regulars are beginning to assemble: Hattie Jacques gets to play matron, and Joan Sims gets to do something rude with a daffodil. It's fun all the way, though without the outrageous camp of the later ones.

  5.15 pm Film4 Fri 8 June

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.

5.10 pm Film4 Sat 9 June, 5.05 pm Film4 Thur 14 June

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

11.00 am Film4 Sun 10 June, 5.15 pm Film4 Fri 15 June

Odd Man Out (1946)

British cinema largely ignored the problems of Northern Ireland but on the rare occasions it did tackle the subject the star was usually on the IRA side if only temporarily (I See A Dark Stranger, The Crying Game). This time it's James Mason's turn. He is shot as he escapes from prison and gets separated from his colleagues. He spends the rest of the day trying to get to the docks, meeting the bizarre inhabitants of Belfast on the way. As his life bleeds away, the film gets more surreal.

It's a classic of British cinema and one of the rare films that combine social realism with fantasy.

Still from Odd Man OutPoster for Odd Man Out

2.05 pm Talking Pictures TV Fri 15 June


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