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    Really enjoyed this film at the BFI the other night. Any other fans?

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    Absolutely. It was a sort of follow-on from The Lady Vanishes. I also love "Rome Express" (?1932)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brief Encounter
    Really enjoyed this film at the BFI the other night. Any other fans?
    Definitely. And it includes the wonderful exchange between Charters and Caldicott:

    Charters: I bought a copy of Mein Kampf. Occurred to me it might shed a spot of light on all this... how d'ye do. Ever read it?

    Caldicott: Never had the time.

    Charters: I understand they give a copy to all the bridal couples over here.

    Caldicott: Oh, I don't think it's that sort of book, old man.







    Steve

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    A lovely, polished piece of entertainment which has always, wrongly IMHO, languished in the shadow of The Lady Vanishes. Reed was on top form when directing this one and the cast is worth the price of admission alone. It is the equal of Hitchcocks' IMHO

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    Thoroughly agree there. It can easily be viewed without thinking of TLV at all.

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    A great film. Seeing Rex Harrison in a seaside booth singing and selling songs took me back to my childhood in the early 40's. it made the film that more believable for me.

    Brian L

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    I've got to be honest, I prefer this to The Lady Vanishes. Charters & Caldicott are the icing on the cake though.



    On which subject, did anyone see this: "Charters & Caldicott" (1985) (mini) ???



    If so, is it worth trying to track down? It's only got one review on IMDB, but it's pretty glowing. I'd love to know more about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipski
    I've got to be honest, I prefer this to The Lady Vanishes. Charters & Caldicott are the icing on the cake though.

    On which subject, did anyone see this: "Charters & Caldicott" (1985) (mini) ???



    If so, is it worth trying to track down? It's only got one review on IMDB, but it's pretty glowing. I'd love to know more about it.
    The Charters and Caldicott series is very entertaining and well worth a look.



    Bats.

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    C and C proved a remarkably durable double act (1938 - 1985) in their various incarnations. I just wish Wilfred Hyde-White hadn't got their part in The Third Man.

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    I guess that series isn't on DVD.



    I do love C&C!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brief Encounter
    I guess that series isn't on DVD.



    I do love C&C!
    You never know - one of the freeview channels might do a Keith Waterhouse season one day and it might get included.



    There is a excellent Guardian article in C & C, well worth reading -



    Mustard and cress | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brief Encounter
    I guess that series isn't on DVD.



    I do love C&C!
    Also the C & C TV series was novelised by Waterhouse's then wife Sheila Bingham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windthrop
    There is a excellent Guardian article in C & C, well worth reading -



    Mustard and cress | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film
    Excellent article, by the excellent Matthew Sweet



    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windthrop
    Also the C & C TV series was novelised by Waterhouse's then wife Sheila Bingham.
    I picked this up in Oxfam for a quid. Haven't seen the series though.

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    Night Train to Munich (1940)





    A fabulous spy film boasting top drawer scripting, and supreme direction.





    Carol Reed is a truly wonderful director, his CV boasts the likes of The Third Man, Oliver and Odd Man Out, all great films for sure, which only makes it more infuriating that a gem like Night Train To Munich is incredibly hard to get hold of. I have only managed to catch it myself because of the unearthing of VHS tapes long thought to have been lost years ago, and it's just like finding hidden treasure i tell you!. Based on a story by Gordon Wellesley, and scripted by the adroitly talented teaming of Sydney Gilliat/Frank Launder, Night Train To Munich is a lesson in how to not over blow your subject, all the sequences flow without boring the viewer, Reed astutely approaching the material with subtlety instead of blunderbuss bluster.



    Another highlight of the movie to me is that it could have so easily been a propaganda bore, the Germans being the devil incarnate, but here it feels that an equality of characterisations was the order of the day, something that many other genre pieces lost sight of further down the line. Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Henreid are all excellent here, whilst wonderful comedic relief comes courtesy of Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford's English cricketers {fans of The Lady Vanishes will identify right away}. Although this picture is script driven above all else, the action sequences are a joy to behold, with the final third of the picture an unadulterated pleasure, spies and stooges, plants and treachery, oh it's all here folks, enjoy............if you can see it that is! 9/10




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    It's a great film with a fine cast - watch out for Irene Handl as the station-mistress who tells C and C that the war has started. But, while it's annoying that there's no R2 dvd, it's not really that obscure, is it - it's one of Film4's small collection of 1940s films and gets shown several times a year.

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    Yes, script driven. But when that script contains such gems as:

    Charters: I bought a copy of Mein Kampf. Occurred to me it might shed a spot of light on all this... how d'ye do. Ever read it?

    Caldicott: Never had the time.

    Charters: I understand they give a copy to all the bridal couples over here.

    Caldicott: Oh, I don't think it's that sort of book, old man.



    You won't hear many complaints about it

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    I was very impressed after seeing this film at the BFI's Lockwood season in January. Really underrated gem as the first poster said.

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    I think the cable car finale must have inspired James Bond! The Gilliat season sounds good.

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    Surely the cable-car finale was the inspiration for 'Where Eagles Dare' - with Richard Burton doing a creditable Rex Harrison.

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