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    Having just watched Night of the prowler (1962) with Patrick Holt, I was wondering if anyone can give me any information regarding Butcher’s Film Services, who’s name appears on this, and countless other British B&W thrillers in the 50’s and 60’s, but who actually appear to have been in existence since the 20’s in some form or other. I am not sure that they were actually even Film Producers, but rather seem to have been maybe financial backers, and/or Distributors for low budget film makers, who worked out of studios such as Nettlefold (Walton-on-Thames) and Merton Park,London

    Though much derided by the critics (I have never seen a good review ), their films have an undeniable charm of all their own. Clearly lacking in funds, and lacking in star names, their output was always entertaining. They always managed to pack a lot of action into a short time span – I have 17 of their films and all are under 80 minutes.

    Butcher’s specialised in low budget thrillers, usually based in London or some anonymous large town, and usually with a story line based around a bank robbery, forged currency, or fraud of some kind. You could usually guarantee they would include the obligatory night club scene, with about 4 or 5 patrons dancing to some cheesy “dance number”, and of course the external shots filmed at night, where all you can see is two car headlights coming towards you.

    Whilst often having an American/Canadian lead, such as Bill Nagy (in Danger by my side-1962) and Robert Hutton (in Man from Tangier-1957), their films invariably gave great British character actors a chance to shine in roles much further up the cast list than they might usually be. Actors like Ronald Adam (in Assignment Redhead-1956), Glyn Houston (Emergency-1962), and Jimmy Hanley (Black Rider-1954). They also provided work for many of the regulars who could be seen with walk on parts in films produced by the bigger studios of the time. People like Sam Kydd, Michael Balfour, and my personal favourite Marianne Stone, who was in at least four films bearing the Butcher’s name. There were also early appearances by others who would go on to be household names – Honour Blackman in Serena (1962), and Peter Vaughan in Smokescreen (1964) for instance.

    Despite looking at countless reference books, and web sites, I cannot seem to find more than a cursory mention of the name Butcher’s. Any further info would be gratefully received.



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    Sorry I'm afarid that I can't give you any help what so ever. I'm actually replying to ask you something. I am interested in British heist / caper movies of the 50s and 60s. I have posted a question elsewhere on this site regarding this. I recall seeing a couple of Butcher movies "The Black Riders" and "Emergency" on TV. Can you tell me the titles of any Heist / caper movies included in Butcher's output?



    I also recall seeing a movie where the participants end up in a barn for the duration of the movie. It did if, memoey serves, seem very much like the kind of quota quicky that Butcher produced. Do you know the title of this movie?



    Sorry I can't be of any help.



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    I thought I remembered it ..



    Life in Danger (1962)



    you can get a full synopsis on www.allmovieguide.com



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    By using the search engine on All Movie guide they also list a whole load of Butchers films, although how comprehensive it is I don't know.

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    Erm... can you help me out here?Am I right in thinking that a couple of early George Formby films were Butchers?

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    1898 James Williamson started makeing his own films and distributed them through among others Butchers. They issued catalogue's of films as:

    W. BUTCHER & SONS. Camera House, Farrington Avenue, E.C.

    They produced "Quota Quickies" at Cricklewood Studios in the 30's including some Old Mother Riley comedies. They also worked out of Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames.

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    Nope fraid its not "Life In Danger". The participants ended up in a barn with some criminals, after being hijacked from there vehicles. The barn burned down at the end.



    Why were so many of these movies made in 1962? My favourite British B-movie "Tomorrow at 10" was also made in that year. I don't know if it was a “Butcher� production though. It stars Robert Shaw and John Gregson.





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    Carterh:

    Nope fraid its not "Life In Danger". The participants ended up in a barn with some criminals, after being hijacked from there vehicles. The barn burned down at the end.
    I remember the film with the participants in the barn, it was Guy Fawkes night, and the barn had been soaked in petrol (yes, very bizarre!!), the perpetrators of the crime had a couple of 'greasers' posted outside with strict instructions to torch the barn if there's any trouble!!!!



    In the end, the two 'greasers' give up and ride off on their motorcycles.

    The barn does burn down.

    The End sleep sleep



    Sorry, I don't remember the name of the film, (not much help I know) it was shown by ITV about 18 months ago.

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    Here you go chaps - I think this is it, but don't recall it being on ITV so recently (I could be wrong)... blush



    Escape by Night

    1965 - UK / USA - 75 min. - Feature, B&W

    AMG Rating star rating:

    Director Montgomery Tully

    Genre/Type Drama, Crime

    Flags Questionable for Children

    Keywords bus, captive, escape, hijacker, prison, captor, prison-escape

    From book Clash by Night

    Produced by Allied Artists / Eternal Film Co.



    Escape by Night was originally released in Great Britain as Clash by Night, which was also the title of the Rupert Croft-Brooke novel on which it was based. Gangster boss Tom Bowman has been arrested and is being transported to prison in a bus containing several innocent "civilians." Bowman's old gang hijacks the bus to rescue their boss, then take refuge in an old barn. The gang holds off the authorities by threatening to torch the barn and all its occupants. The climactic conflagration is predictable, but its outcome isn't.



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    Yup thats it, thanks. I think it was on ITV a few years ago.





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    It was on BBC2 a few months back when they were showing B&W films late on Friday night.



    I remember the bus.... then fell asleep... and woke up as somebody was crawling out of a flaming barn. :mad:

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    deckard:

    Erm... can you help me out here?Am I right in thinking that a couple of early George Formby films were Butchers?
    Don't think so. During the 50s & 60s Butchers and Danziger pushed out numerous second features that were a throwback to the quota quickies.

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    Does anyone know when Butchers was actually established?Before George Fomby's film successes with ATP,Ealing and Columbia he made a couple of very low budget films produced by John E. Blakeley, i.e "Boots! Boots!"(1934)which was shot in a makeshift studio in Regent street,London and "Off the Dole"(1935).Now, according to the George Formby society at least one of these two: "Boots! Boots!, production credits go to John E.Blakeley/Butchers film services.I thought Butchers was established later but,I had a feeling I'd seen the name credited on a George Formby film somewhere,so, does anyone have any ideas?

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    You're right. Butcher's was formed in 1897 and named after William Butcher (who committed suicide soon afterwards)

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    HACKETT:

    1898 James Williamson started makeing his own films and distributed them through among others Butchers
    Anyone interested in the early Brighton cinema would do well to visit Hove Museum. Although films by James Williamson and others are available on video now - from BFI - the section in this museum is admirably displayed.

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    were not the old mother riley films made by butcher films

    did not the bbc archive buy them and they now gather dust there.

    come on bbc let see some

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    Which Butchers films would you lke to see on DVD?



    Please list your suggestions (top ten?)

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    Here are a few of my favourites:-



    Cover Girl Killer

    The Gentle Trap

    Echo of Diana

    Shadow of Fear

    Smokescreen



    Release on DVD?

    Pigs fly!



    **EDIT**



    Forgot me favourite one!

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    Originally posted by mysteriesofedgarwallace@Jul 1 2005, 07:26 AM

    Here are a few of my favourites:-



    The Gentle Trap

    Echo of Diana

    Shadow of Fear

    Smokescreen



    Release on DVD?

    Pigs fly!
    According to the IMDb, they only made about 13 or 14 films - surely they made more than that!



    I must have seen most of them at some time, but can remember none of them by their titles. Pass the memory pills!!!

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    Serena

    The Hi-Jackers

    Smokescreen

    Pit of Darkness

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