What's on this week or so


Carry On Cabby (1963)

Feminism arrives in the Carry On world as Sid James refuses to employ female cab drivers and his wife Hattie Jacques starts up a rival company using only dolly birds (and Esma Cannon!). It feels more like an Ealing Comedy than a Carry On but has glorious moments and lines (especially "What! With tweeds!" from Michael Ward)

3.00 pm Film4 Sun 10 Sept, 5.05 pm Film4 Fri 15 Sept

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

12.55 am Film4 Wed 13 Sept

Yangtse Incident (1957)

True story of how HMS Amethyst escaped from the Chinese revolution in 1949. The story is fascinating but the film far too long.

12.55 pm Film4 Wed 13 Sept

Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Troops undergo rigorous training in order to break the blockade of Bordeaux. Jose Ferrer pushes them to the edge despite Trevor Howard's opposition. Another in the long line of true war stories British cinema produced in the Fifties. It's a good one but not overly memorable.

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4.55 pm Film4 Wed 13 Sept

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

5.00 pm Film4 Thur 14 Sept


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