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    The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

    13:05 on Monday 10th October on Channel 4

    Having inherited a failing gunsmith business, quintessential Englishman Jonathan Tibbs decides that the real market for his wares is in the Wild West. And after falling foul of both cowboys and Indians, he finds himself conned into becoming the law-man in the lawless town of Fractured Jaw, in this spoof western co-starring Jayne Mansfield.

    Director: Raoul Walsh

    Starring: Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Ronald Squire, William Campbell

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1958, PG, 3 Star)

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    Genevieve

    22:00 on Monday 10th October on BBC 4.

    Delightful British comedy about two couples, all car enthusiasts, who challenge one another to a friendly race on the return from the annual London-to-Brighton veteran car rally. What starts out playfully becomes increasingly serious as they speed to the finish line at the Westminster Bridge. Widely acclaimed at the time of its release.

    Director: Henry Cornelius

    Starring: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More, Geoffrey Keen, Reginald Beckwith

    (4 Star, 1953, U)



    Fame Is the Spur

    13:00 on Thursday 13th October on Channel 4.

    Seen as a thinly veiled biography of then-Labour leader Ramsey MacDonald, Fame Is the Spur stars Michael Redgrave as Hamer Radshaw, a young boy born in to the slums of 1870s Manchester who is taught how to become a true socialist by his grandfather. But Hamer becomes a politician and, once elevated to the heights of government, is corrupted by the power that surrounds him.

    Director: Roy Boulting

    Starring: Michael Redgrave, Rosamund John, Bernard Miles, Carla Lehmann, Hugh Burden, Marjorie Fielding

    (Subtitles, Black and White, 1947, PG, 3 Star)



    Jassy

    13:05 on Friday 14th October on Channel 4.

    Entertaining costume melodrama starring Margaret Lockwood as a young gypsy who rises from maid-of-all-work to mistress of the manor and schemes to return the ancestral home to its rightful owner, the young man who saved her from the wrath of the villagers.

    Director: Bernard Knowles

    Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Patricia Roc, Dennis Price, Basil Sydney, Dermot Walsh, Esma Cannon

    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1947, PG, 3 Star)



    Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise

    21:30 on Friday 14th October on BBC Prime.

    Award winning comedy drama about a fanatical vacuum cleaner salesman who will stop at nothing to secure the holy grail of his profession - the Golden Vac. Starring Timothy Spall and directed by Danny Boyle.



    Peeping Tom

    23:35 on Friday 14th October on ITV1.

    The film that all but destroyed the career of director Michael Powell. Criticised on its release, reassessment has shown it to be one of the most important films of its time. Karlheinz Böhm plays a young cinematographer whose childhood memories have turned him into a psychopathic killer who films the dying horrors of his victims. Into his life comes Anna Massey, a neighbour, who has no idea of the true content of the reels of film in his room, nor of his designs on one of his colleagues, Vivian.

    Director: Michael Powell

    Starring: Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson

    (Stereo, Subtitles, 1960, 18, 4 Star)



    The Day of the Triffids

    22:10 on Saturday 15th October on BBC 4.

    Classic sci-fi fantasy adventure about the invasion of the planet by deadly plants. A meteor shower blinds the Earth's population and covers the planet with strange seeds, which grow into huge plant-like creatures that embark on a seemingly unstoppable cycle of destruction. But a small band of people, unaffected by the meteors, decide to fight back. Based on John Wyndham's novel.

    Director: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis

    Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns

    (1962, 15, 3 Star)



    Photographing Fairies

    23:00 on Sunday 15th October on BBC 2.

    Made at the same time as Fairy Tale: a True Story and inspired by the same report of two little girls who took photos of fairies at the bottom of their garden, this fantasy drama from director Nick Willing stars Toby Stephens as a professional debunker of photographic forgeries who stumbles upon a genuine supernatural phenomenon. Convinced that the pixies caught on camera by two young sisters will allow him to contact his dead wife, Stephens becomes obsessed with the investigation, bringing him into conflict with local pastor Ben Kingsley. Imaginatively shot and featuring some nifty special effects, Willing's fantasy drama is also rather dour and contains a depressingly downbeat climax. It's hardly surprising, then, that audiences favoured Charles Sturridge's more sanguine version of events.

    Directed by: Nick Willing

    Starring: Toby Stephens, Emily Woof, Ben Kingsley, Phil Davis

    (1997)

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    (DB7 @ Oct 6 2005, 01:38 PM) thinly veiled biography of then-Labour leader Ramsey MacDonald,
    In 1927 maybe but not in 1947.

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    The new cable/satellite/freeview channel More4 is also kicking off with some good things like ...



    A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

    Tuesday 11th October at 3.55pm



    Kevin Macdonald's Touching the Void (2003)

    Thursday 13th at 9pm



    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

    Friday 14th at 3pm



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    (Steve Crook @ Oct 7 2005, 12:52 AM) The new cable/satellite/freeview channel More4 is also kicking off with some good things like ...
    Strange really as they're struggling for content to fill E4, and have resorted to hours of pop videos. My guess is after the initial launch More4 will show wall-to-wall US imports and repeats from CH4.

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    Hi there.



    I believe that this Raoul Walsh film along with another UK co-production Hostile Guns (directed by Michael Carreras and scripted by Jimmy Sangster IIRC) were the first movies to make use of the Almeria region of Spain as a backdrop to Western movies.

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    (DB7 @ Oct 6 2005, 01:38 PM)

    The Day of the Triffids

    22:10 on Saturday 15th October on BBC 4.

    Classic sci-fi fantasy adventure about the invasion of the planet by deadly plants. A meteor shower blinds the Earth's population and covers the planet with strange seeds, which grow into huge plant-like creatures that embark on a seemingly unstoppable cycle of destruction. But a small band of people, unaffected by the meteors, decide to fight back. Based on John Wyndham's novel.

    Director: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis

    Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns

    (1962, 15, 3 Star)
    I hope they've managed to secure a better print of this title than they usually show - a lot of it was virtually unwatchable last time I saw it. Why don't they show the BBC version instead? I must admit though I still get a kick out of watching despite all its shortcomings. The screenplay for the work can be found at:



    http://www.hometown.aol.co.uk/ontheborderl...lmscripts1.html



    Cheers.



    Iain

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    (Iain1962 @ Oct 9 2005, 07:08 PM)

    I hope they've managed to secure a better print of this title than they usually show - a lot of it was virtually unwatchable last time I saw it. Why don't they show the BBC version instead? I must admit though I still get a kick out of watching despite all its shortcomings. The screenplay for the work can be found at:



    http://www.hometown.aol.co.uk/ontheborderl...lmscripts1.html



    Cheers.



    Iain
    I've never seen a decent print of Triiffids although I've read there's a Second Sight widescreen DVD that is superior to the transfer on the BBC disc.

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    It's nearly finished now but The Sweeney 2 was on Men and Motors as well. Dont know why they put this on the M&M channels when they put other 'blokeish' films on TCM etc - like the supermarket, you get used to the layout and then they go and bloody change the location of the tunafish.



    Probably the best film spin off from the series its definitely much more violent and more slapstick in places.

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    this is the only thread I've seen with mention of: The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw. I'd just written this nostalgic piece, nostalgic for me. I hope this prose-poem rings one bell or two for someone else.-Ron



    INSATIABLE NEED



    In October 1957 Hollywood actress and western sex symbol Jayne Mansfield went on a 16-country tour of Europe for 20th Century Fox. She was presented to Queen Elizabeth on November 4th. "You are looking so beautiful," she said to the Queen. The Queen replied, "Thank you very much indeed. So are you." November 4th 1957 was a significant day to Baha'is around the world. On that day Shoghi Effendi passed away. Mansfield was at the top of her acting career in 1957 and won a Golden Globe award that year for Most Promising Newcomer: Female thanks to her performance as a 'wistful derelict' in The Wayward Bus. This movie was generally conceded to have been her best acting or so announced the New York Times. Her career from then on was fitful and hampered by her flamboyant image, squeaky voice, "a soft-voiced coo punctuated with squeals" as one writer put it. She had an almost comically voluptuous figure and limited acting range, as another critic put it.



    Still, after 1957, Mansfield remained a highly visible personality and, the year I joined the Bahá’�* Faith, 1959, she won a Golden Laurel for Top Female Musical Performance for her role in the U.K.-produced movie The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, a western spoof. That same year she appeared in Too Hot To Handle. In the late 1950s Mansfield also generated a great deal of negative publicity due to her repeatedly successful attempts to expose what many felt were Hollywood's most impressive breasts. The year my pioneering life began in the Bahá’�* community, 1962, Mansfield appeared in It Happened In Athens. Despite receiving top billing, Mansfield was relegated to a colorful, scantily-clad supporting role.



    Dissatisfied with her film roles, Mansfield and her husband headlined at the Dunes in Las Vegas in an act called The House of Love for which the actress earned $35,000 a week. It proved to be such a hit that she extended her stay and 20th-Century Fox Records subsequently released the show as an album in 1962. It was called Jayne Mansfield Busts Up Las Vegas. In 1963 Mansfield became the first American mainstream actress to appear in the nude with a starring role in the film Promises! Promises! Photographs of a naked Jayne Mansfield on the set were published in Playboy. She enjoyed much box-office success in 1963 and was voted one of the Top 10 Box Office Attractions by an organization of American theater owners. For the Baha'is 1963 was a year of much significance: the election of its first international body known as the Universal House of Justice. And so began five "decades of struggle…no longer sustained by the guiding hand of Shoghi Effendi."1-Ron Price with thanks to "Jayne Mansfield," Wikipedia Encyclopedia, 11 December 2006 and 1The Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, Bahá’�* World Centre, 2001, p. 108.



    Jayne died seven weeks before I left

    home to live on Baffin Island in my

    own turbulent life, significantly less

    troubled or….endowed than Jayne's.

    She had movie roles in those years

    at the start of the Kingdom of God,

    the years of the first two international

    Plans: 1953-1963 and 1964-1973…...



    Then, on November 4th 1957,

    the day when that shining face

    which illumined the horizons

    of the world shone no more,

    when the offspring of that mind:

    interpreter and co-sharer in the

    genius of divine interpretation

    could direct & guide his trust

    no more--Jayne met the Queen,

    an event which also satisfied

    and transcended her need of

    the moment, served the future

    as well as the present and met

    her insatiable need for publicity--

    his insatiable need had always been

    a relentless, exacting one for data.1



    1 Glenford E. Mitchell, "The Literature of Interpretation," World Order, Winter 1972-3, p. 24.



    Ron Price

    11 December 2006

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