Created on 14 June 2014

Locations identified in recent days.

We are always very pleased to receive emails giving us specific detail for those film stills that we have been unable to provide a location. Whilst information, when received, is added to the shot(s) in question the update is not immediately known to our audience unless someone happens to be regularly viewing that film in question. So, you might like to know that in recent days we have received specific information on the following films:

The Face of Fu Manchu from Dave Lally covering 004 and the 029's

The Night We Got The Bird from Timothy Lidbetter covering 009 and 010

On The Beat from Di Davies covering 001 and 002

Thank you all for your help and interest, it is much appreciated. Next step, some NOW shots please!

 
Created on 06 May 2014

INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF
MICHAEL THORNTON
TELEPHONE/FAX: 01248 852615
MOBILE: 07595 323006

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INQUEST ON MOVIE LEGEND JEAN KENT


An inquest into the death of movie legend Jean Kent, one of Britain’s top box-office stars in the 1940s and 1950s, will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday of this week, May 8, at the Active Business Centre, St. Andrews Castle, 33 St. Andrews Street South, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3PH, with the Senior Coroner for Suffolk, Dr. Peter Dean, presiding.

The hearing will be in Miss Kent’s married name, Joan Mildred Hurst.

No witnesses are being called, but the evidence will reveal that Miss Kent, a wealthy 92-year-old widow, was found naked on the floor of her bedroom at her secluded home, Thornglade, in the village of Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, on November 28 by her housekeeper, Mrs. Rita Betts, with a television, a television stand, and a disabled heavy chair across the left-hand side of her upper body. She had suffered serious injury to her chest and three ribs had been fractured.

Miss Kent was taken by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds, where she died in the early hours of November 30.

The star’s Executor, national newspaper journalist and former national film and theatre critic Michael Thornton, who was named by Miss Kent as Next of Kin, said today: “The Coroner has now passed to me all the relevant findings and documents in the case.

“I do not think it would be proper for me to pre-empt what Dr. Peter Dean is going to say at the inquest, but I can certainly confirm that his findings will refute the wilder stories that were in circulation at the time of Jean’s death, to the effect that intruders might have broken into her house and attacked her. One report even used the word, “murdered”. As the police have established, that certainly did not happen. At the time that her housekeeper found her, the front-door of the house was still locked, and the alarm system was in operation”.

One week after Thursday’s inquest, the British Film Institute is honouring Jean Kent at the National Film Theatre on May 15, when Michael Thornton will introduce the star’s most celebrated and also most notorious film, Good-Time Girl, which was refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Censors until a violent scene in which the star was raped was cut, and other changes were made. Even then, the film was still banned by the watch committees in several major UK cities, including Birmingham.

The film also starred Dennis Price, Diana Dors, Dame Flora Robson and Jill Balcon, the mother of Daniel Day-Lewis.


ENDS


Michael Thornton: 01248 852615 or 07595 323006.

 
Created on 31 January 2014

London in Colour - 1927

Many of us know of William Friese-Greene, a pioneer of early cinematography, perhaps primarily as a result of the film "The Magic Box" (1951) which features on the ReelStreets Website. However, following his fathers death in 1921 his son Claude carried on the development of the additive colour film process called Biocolour and toured the UK capturing the dramatically changing scene that followed the First World War. His journey from Land's End to John O'Groats between 1924 and 1926 and entitled The Open Road was featured in a series of programmes by the BBC back in 2006 and is now available on DVD.
 
It has recently come to my notice that some footage shot by Claude in London during 1927 and subsequently remastered by the BFI is available to be seen at:
 
 
With the flickering removed it is hard to imagine just how old this footage is, better than most of our home movies of the 1950/1960's!
 
With nearly six minutes of footage it covers many locations that appear variously throughout films  listed on ReelStreets and in a few instances almost provides a retrospective "THEN" shot. Because of the popular locations included, many films can be associated with the places featured and I have related a few but I am sure those with a greater experience than I can add a better comparison, which I am happy to do if they would give me the detail. Maybe they could pen a follow-up Blog!
 

Location Featured  - Film                                         

Tower Bridge Road
Callan (1974)
Panning the Thames, Trinity House and Tower of London
Pool of London (1951) 
Going Over London Bridge 
Brothers In Law (1957)
View of Tower of London from London Bridge
Continued journey over London Bridge
Looking down Whitehall  
Rockets Galore (1958)
Whitehall and the Cenotaph
Dial 999 (1955)
Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square
Subterfuge (1968)      
Hyde Park Corner
True as a Turtle (1957)
Marble Arch
The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)
Kensington Gardens
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
Peter Pan Statue
Three Hats for Lisa (1965)
Petticoat Lane
A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
Looking over Westminster Bridge
Albert Embankment to Houses of Parliament
Street Corner (1953) 

 

 

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