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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    I'm still collecting together information on Paul Soskin's career and am finding very little on his films post "High Treason".

    His last four films made after this are:

    "Top of the Form" (basically "Boys Will be Boys")

    "All for Mary" (based on a play by Kay Bannerman)

    "Happy is the Bride" (a re-make of Soskin's earlier "Quite Wedding" which was based on the West End play of the same name)

    "Law and Disorder" (an attempt to emulate an Ealing comedy)

    I'd appreciate any contemporary information or reviews of these films if they are out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony McKay View Post
    .."Law and Disorder" (an attempt to emulate an Ealing comedy) ...
    Do you mean Whisky Galore!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlllIIllllIIii View Post
    Do you mean Whisky Galore!?
    Although there is quite an obvious use to the "Whisky Galore" trope - I was meaning the style of the Ealing comedies.

    I found this comment from Kenneth Griffith about not being given the opportunity to 'act' on Soskin's earlier film, "Waterfront.'

    "I understood Michael Anderson's situation. It was his first film as a director and he was being overruled by a weird force - Mr Soskin. And he simply wanted to get the thing finished on time and on budget."

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    I've got the Happy is the Bride reviews in ABC Film Review and Films and Filming from early 1958. When I've got time, I'll scan them and upload them here.

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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    Many thanks - no rush.

    Here's an Ealing wannabe add for "Law and Disorder"


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    ABC Film Review and Films and Filming, March and April, 1958, respectively.







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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    Thanks, very much appreciated.

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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    I've watched 'Happy is the Bride" and "All for Mary" this week:

    So my opinion.

    'Happy is the Bride" picks up after an unsteady start. Terry-Thomas' gruff village policeman is the highlight. Certainly a superior B movie - think of it as the equivalent of a good natured BBC suburban sit-com.

    "All for Mary" - Best bits - Jill Day's song, the colourful Swiss location footage and Leo McKern hamming it up playing an indignant European. Worst bit - Nigel Patrick trying to do comedy. Kathleen Harrison, a regular in Soskin productions, does a decent turn as the nanny - but as a whole, it is certainly the weakest of the Soskin comedies I've see so far.

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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    I watched "Top of the Form" last night - oh dear!

    This in now the weakest of the Soskin comedies I've seen so far. Lots of decent comedy and acting talent reduced to pantomime. It is a pale reflection of "Good Morning, Boys" and represents the depths to which Rank had fallen. Here Paul Soskin has obviously been given the brief - on time and on budget!

    I'd love to see what contemporary opinion was on this film.

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