The Workhouse Ward
Filmed Lady Gregory play. Incredibly funny story about two grumpy men who live in an Irish workhouse.
Filmed Lady Gregory play. Incredibly funny story about two grumpy men who live in an Irish workhouse.
Throughout the 20th century, royal weddings were events of majestic splendour. People would camp out in the streets of London to get a prime location for the procession. They would gather for a glimpse of the newly-married couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. In this film, we relive the major royal weddings of the 20th century.
Young heiress Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) just wanted to run off with her friend Sam (Van Heflin) but ended up involved in a murder. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha, who is now a powerful figure married to Walter (Kirk Douglas), an alcoholic district attorney. Eventually, Sam is drawn into a web of plotting.
A British anthropologist (Christopher Lee) discovers a frozen monster in Manchuria. Convinced that the creature is the “missing link”, he embarks on a Trans-Siberian train to transport it back to Europe. But during the journey, the monster comes to life and starts killing the passengers.
By the late 1930s, Pathé had refined its way of filming performers by mixing in evocative filmed locations such as London, Port Talbot, Ireland, Scotland and even the Queen Mary. Pathé also filmed real workers who became professional singers and miners who trained to be a team of high-wire walkers! Sit back and enjoy this time capsule celebration of a long-lost classic era of British variety!
An aggressive businessman, Dan Armstrong (Edward G. Robinson), goes to England to learn more diplomatic sales techniques. However, while in the UK, he gets involved in the exploitation of Rhodesian mines while competing with Manningdale (Ralph Richardson) for the heart of Lady Patricia (Luli Deste).
A former G.I. is framed for the robbery of an armoured car. During his detention, he is beaten up and tortured by police. When he is finally released due to lack of evidence, he embarks on a journey to Mexico in order to discover who set him up and what their motivations were.
Meg has been raised by Pete and Ellen ever since she was abandoned by her birth parents. One day, Meg and her friend Nath get close to a lonely cabin in the woods which Pete warns them is a place of terrible danger. As Meg and Nath start falling for each other, they find themselves drawn to the dangers hidden in that red house.
Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien) travels to San Francisco before settling down with his fiancée Paula (Pamela Britton). After a night out, he wakes up to learn that he has been given a toxin which has no antidote. With one week left to live, he aims to find out who poisoned him and why.
Before discovering her husband has been murdered in Paris, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the charming Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). Regina and Peter will have to give chase to three men who are after the money they all stole during World War II. But is Peter the man he claims to be?
Jimmy (James Stewart) is the owner of a failed music shop who works with his uncle. He becomes close to a family of Irish music lovers who happen to be his uncle’s worst enemies and finds himself helping their band get gigs while trying to reconcile the two parties. Meanwhile, Jimmy falls for the beautiful Molly (Paulette Goddard).
Former Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) lives undercover in Connecticut, working as a teacher and married to the headmaster’s daughter (Loretta Young). But when one of his old German associates arrives in town, bringing a federal investigator (Edward G. Robinson) with him, Kindler will have to take desperate measures to keep his secret.
After getting out of prison, recovering drug addict Frankie Machine decides to straighten up, trying to get work as a drummer. However, when his former employer Schwiefka and Frankie’s old drug dealer, Louis, re-enter his life, Frankie struggles to stay clean and finds himself straying back into old habits.
George Washington McLintock, “G.W.” to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He is surprised by the arrival of his estranged wife Katherine who has returned to take their daughter away with her. Balancing his wife, his headstrong daughter, and some crooks, G.W. tries to do what is best.
When his boss demands that he return to work, ambitious lawyer John Mason (James Stewart) is forced to leave a honeymoon with new wife Jane (Carole Lombard). Regardless, his boss gives the partnership he has been angling for to someone else. To make matters worse, tragedy then strikes their new family.
In 1820s Maine, beautiful Jenny Hager (Hedy Lamarr) knows she can always get her own way with the men around her. She marries an old local businessman who grants her an important position, but she continues to play around with men, including her husband’s son and the foreman of his company.
Philip Carey (Leslie Howard) abandons his artistic aspirations when he meets Mildred Rogers (Bette Davis), a waitress and a femme fatale. Although she abuses him, Philip becomes obsessed with her. When he finally seems ready to move on, Mildred reappears and does not let him escape.
Using hypnosis and telepathy, sinister music maestro Svengali (John Barrymore) is able to control women. When he meets the beautiful Trilby O’Farrell (Marian Marsh), she falls under his spell. However, her true love, Billee (Bramwell Fletcher), fights to win her back and uncover Svengali’s deception.
A reporter writes a column about “John Doe”, an unexciting man who plans to kill himself in protest against America’s neglect of the little people. The newspaper then hires Gary Cooper to pose as this fictional John Doe, who captures the public’s imagination in a series of radio addresses.
Ellen Benson is a widow and pacifist whose peace is disturbed by the unsuccessful courtship of the town’s sheriff, Todd Shaw. But everything changes when the U.S. president passes through town. Gangster John Baron (Frank Sinatra) picks the Benson home as an ideal spot from which to launch his attempt on the president’s life.
Harry Street (Gregory Peck) is a writer dying from a hunting wound during an African safari. As he lies convalescent, he reflects on his failures at love and writing, telling of his writing ambitions and the story of his one true love, Cynthia (Ava Gardner), to his wife (Susan Hayward).
New York newspaper editor Walter Burns finds out that his ex-wife, reporter Hildy Johnson, is about to marry an insurance agent. He tries to entice her back into the newsroom by having her write about the story of convicted murderer Earl Williams. When Hildy discovers Williams might be innocent, her enthusiasm for the job reawakens.
Starving artist Christopher Cross falls in love with the beautiful Kitty March. However, Kitty is interested in Johnny, a crook. When they find out that art dealers are interested in Cross’ work, they con him into letting Kitty take credit for the paintings. Blinded by love, Cross allows it at first, but even he has a limit.
In Algiers, the thief Pepe le Moko hides from police in the maze-like Casbah. He is soon a target not only for a policeman and an inspector, but also jealous thief Regis. Pepe meets the beautiful American Gaby and becomes obsessed with her. Regis’ plan to bring Pepe into the open fails, until Pepe realises that he may never see Gaby again.
What makes Agatha Christie such a successful writer? On the 75th anniversary of the creation of her immortal character Miss Marple, this documentary introduces viewers to new fields of scientific inquiry using sophisticated computer analyses of Christie’s every written word, her sentence structure, story arcs, poisons used, red herrings, clues and more.
Frederic (Gary Cooper), an American ambulance driver working for the Italian Army during World War I, falls in love with British Red Cross nurse Catherine (Helen Hayes). His jealous commanding officer, Major Rinaldi, transfers Catherine to a different hospital. But an injury on the battlefield takes Frederic to Catherine’s new hospital in Milan.
Actress, model and singer Marilyn Monroe was the original blonde bombshell who found international success in motion pictures during the 1950s. In this episode, we meet the photographer Elliot Erwitt, who took the classic “Seven Year Itch” image, and Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson who worked with Marilyn on “The Misfits”.
Anne Frank is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl”, has been the basis of several plays and films, and is an inspiration to young people. In this episode, we meet Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s step-sister, and visit the Anne Frank museum.
For more than half a century, the film and newsreel company British Pathé documented almost every aspect of everyday life in Britain and around the world. Covering everything from major world events and exotic foreign locales to the pageantry of state occasions and gritty social issues, the company amassed a unique documentary record of 20th-century life.
Musical and comic turns include The Beverley Sisters, Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Tommy Trinder, The Crazy Gang, Arthur Askey, Laurel & Hardy, Bob Hope, Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry), Max Miller, Anna Neagle, Richard Murdoch, Wilfred Pickles, Vera Lynn and many, many more. The 1940s American film star and comedian, Danny Kaye, is seen here in rehearsal for his 1948 Royal Command Performance.
A programme full of performances by the morale-boosting variety acts and singers of the Second World War. Artists who helped frontline troops and home front civilians alike to keep smiling through the dark days of war. Including Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Robb Wilton, Sydney Burchall, Tommy Trinder, Peter Sinclair, Vera Lynn, Cyril Fletcher, Tommy Handley and Mantovani, among many more!
This programme includes performances by The Peters Sisters, Leslie Henson, The Hillbillies, Douglas Byng, Issy Bonn, Lorenzi, The Four Aces, Sydney Burchall, Mr Penny, Eric Woodburn, Billie Hale, Ronald Frankau and many, many more. Come 1939, war with Germany was looming, but, as the famous phrase goes, “The show must go on!” – and it did!
The French New Wave directors, including François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, cause massive controversy and manage to get the event cancelled in 1968. Sophia Loren becomes the new queen of the festival and the Golden Boys of American cinema, including Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, become regular winners of the Palme d’Or.
The festival is established as a response to Mussolini’s control of the Venice Film Festival. It becomes an inspiration to a generation still recovering from the impact of WWII by attracting the biggest stars of the time including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and director Orson Welles. Its reputation spreads worldwide alongside that of its most famous regular visitor, Brigitte Bardot.