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    My favorite british film is the above. The reason why is that it starred our oun jean simmons and was made by our oun j arthur rank. the later versions of this film were not as good,including the acting.



    did anyone out there see this film ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.wills
    My favorite british film is the above. The reason why is that it starred our oun jean simmons and was made by our oun j arthur rank. the later versions of this film were not as good,including the acting.



    did anyone out there see this film ?
    Yes, a beautiful film.



    Watching it as a boy, I fell for the girl playing the young Jean Simmons - and was then amazed when I found out it was Susan Stranks form Magpie! Who, of course I was also in love with. Already I mean. It was like a time warp. Or not.



    Donald Houston is great here too. But not as pretty.



    The remake is a soft-porn monstrosity.

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    Sorry, T. Just realised you wouldn't have a clue what Magpie was. It was a 1970s kids' TV magazine show. Susan Stranks was the first female presenter and was a very blue-stocking head-girl sensible English sexpot. I loved her.



    She was about the age I was when I first saw The Blue Lagoon when she made the film - 10 years old.

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    Both versions were shot on the same Island close to Fiji.

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    It is intesting to note that neither of the talented leads evers quites achieved their potential. JS did have a hollywood career but never really became one of the legends despite a number of very good films and performances. DH despite a charismatic persona was never really used well as a leading man and was demoted to character parts pretty quickly.

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    Hi, I looked for threads on this film, as somebody stopped me in the park today (Black Park) and said they remember it being filmed there. He said there was a boat house built on the lake side I think.

    Some screen grabs would be great if anyone can provide some

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windthrop
    It is intesting to note that neither of the talented leads evers quites achieved their potential. JS did have a hollywood career but never really became one of the legends despite a number of very good films and performances. DH despite a charismatic persona was never really used well as a leading man and was demoted to character parts pretty quickly.
    I read that Houston believed that in all 'The Blue Lagoon' publicity stuff (and probably even more so following 'A Run For Your Money') the press latched on too much to his Bevin Boy past and that the image of a coal-mining boyo followed him for years after, to the detriment of his film career, as it narrowed down the the industry's perception of him and the roles he could do.

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    When I was a young girl I recall watching a film with my mother called Blue Lagoon - it was the first film I saw which evoked any 'adult' emotion. I have seen a remake with Brooke Shields but it was not nearly so good (unless that is my memory!).

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    No you didn't imagine it - the 40s Blue Lagoon starred Donald Houston and Jean Simmons - more here and here. Donald Houston obviously being very much preferable to Christopher Atkins!




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    Saw this in London's West End,can't remember the cinema,when first released.Why the devil it never came out on official DVD baffles me..

    Great colour photography-far better than any remake.And British at that.

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