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    I`m gonna kick myself when someone tells me the name of this film, but it escapes me.



    Two sets of neighbours are best friends, one with a daughter who has a boyfriend with a motorbike. One set of neighbours are spies and the other set of neighbours have to lend out thier house so that the police can watch them from across the street. It is devastating for the couple whose house it is to keep up the secrecy from thier best friends.



    It is a Brit film but one of the women has blonde hair had either an American or Canadian accent and was in the film God with John Denver .



    The name of the film is on the tip of my tongue but cant spit it out .



    Thanks in advance.



    xx

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    Is it Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore?



    Based on the true story of Peter and Helen Kroger who were living in Ruislip when they were arrested as Russian spies.



    It was written originally as a stage play. There was never a mainstream film made that I know of, though there was a US television version with Ellen Burstyn and Alan Bates.

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    name='faginsgirl']I`m gonna kick myself when someone tells me the name of this film, but it escapes me.



    Two sets of neighbours are best friends, one with a daughter who has a boyfriend with a motorbike. One set of neighbours are spies and the other set of neighbours have to lend out thier house so that the police can watch them from across the street. It is devastating for the couple whose house it is to keep up the secrecy from thier best friends.



    It is a Brit film but one of the women has blonde hair had either an American or Canadian accent and was in the film God with John Denver .



    The name of the film is on the tip of my tongue but cant spit it out .



    Thanks in advance.



    xx


    "Pack of Lies" with Alan Bates & Teri Garr (missed by a smidgin)

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    Great minds Wadsy

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    name='Gazza']Great minds Wadsy


    Some quicker than others



    I was that excited i thought i got one right, my hands were shaking!!!!



    couldnt press the keys fast enough.!!!!

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    name='wadsy']Some quicker than others



    I was that excited i thought i got one right, my hands were shaking!!!!



    couldnt press the keys fast enough.!!!!


    It's lovely that people are so keen to help others

    But even if you're not first with the right answer, your having the right answer at least confirm the earlier answer. And your answer did have to come half way around the world



    This one was fairly clear, but sometimes they are more obscure in how people describe what they're trying to identify - and people do sometimes mis-remember things



    So keep up the good work



    Steve

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    The Kroeger case seems to have inspired more than one movie. I was quite surprised when I read there was a TV or movie film version about the case almost as soon as it had all first come to light

    Ring of Spies (1964)




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    In real life the Krogers were second hand bookdealers and close friends of Frank Doel who worked at Marks and Cohen at 88 Charing Cross Road and had the famous correspondence with Helen Hanff.

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    Like I said, I`m kicking myself, but I will sleep tonight



    The ironic thing is a lot of years ago I was in a stage production of this, I played the police woman



    I guess I`m getting old, shortly I`ll forget where I live! Better not go out shopping!

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    name='faginsgirl']I guess I`m getting old, shortly I`ll forget where I live!


    Ruislip?

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    name='CaptainWaggett']In real life the Krogers were second hand bookdealers and close friends of Frank Doel who worked at Marks and Cohen at 88 Charing Cross Road and had the famous correspondence with Helen Hanff.


    And Marks's son wrote the screenplay for Peeping Tom

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    Leo Marks' autobiography is very interesting about 84 Charing Cross Road. Apparently it mainly stocked occult books and Victorian porn and Doel was part of an evil bookdealer price ring. He used to buy books from other shops to send to Helen Hanff just to qualify for the free stockings and eggs. I've never quite understood why she needed to order books from London - she seems to be reading fairly mainstream stuff (I can't believe it was that hard to find Jane Austen in New York in the 1950s)

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    A couple of questions for Cpt Waggett:



    - is the autobiography called Between Silk and Cyanide?



    - Is it worth a read?



    Thanks

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    name='CaptainWaggett']Leo Marks' autobiography is very interesting about 84 Charing Cross Road. Apparently it mainly stocked occult books and Victorian porn and Doel was part of an evil bookdealer price ring. He used to buy books from other shops to send to Helen Hanff just to qualify for the free stockings and eggs. I've never quite understood why she needed to order books from London - she seems to be reading fairly mainstream stuff (I can't believe it was that hard to find Jane Austen in New York in the 1950s)


    She always seemed to want particular editions, in superb condition.



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    name='Gazza']A couple of questions for Cpt Waggett:



    - is the autobiography called Between Silk and Cyanide?



    - Is it worth a read?



    Thanks




    That's the one. To be honest I only read the early part, about the bookshop. Steve is your man for the whole thing!

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    Thanks - I suspect that's the bit that will interest me most, plus anything on Peeping Tom

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    Mostly it's about SOE which isn't really my thing but if that's what you like, definitely get it. There's also a bit about him in Hanff's Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

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    "Between Silk and Cyanide" is an absolutley superb book - one of the best WWII memoirs I've ever read. It really evokes the intense emotions of those times - when you or your closest friends could be facing death at any time.



    One thing about it: Leo Marks was a master cryptographer, and he goes into great detail about how messages could be encoded and decoded. If you haven't got a mathematical mind, you may find some of what he writes imprenetrable !



    I got the impression he wrote the book decades before it was finally published, held up the Official Secrets Act. He doesn't say anything about his screenwriting career !

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    One other thing about the Krogers: TV gardening presenter Gay Search was a next-door neighbour of theirs !

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    Search is the real surname of the neighbours whose house was used for surveillance.



    Is gardening Gay the daughter?

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