Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 153

Thread: Sir John Mills

  1. #1
    Senior Member Country: England
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    454
    Liked
    0 times
    Hello all! Just finished reading an excellent book: Still Memories - an autobiography in photography, by Sir John Mills. It's an absolute blinder! I thoroughly recommend this wonderful personal collection of photographs spanning nearly eight decades of this fine actor and the British film industry. Each photo has a little anecdote or short discription with it and some are very funny and some are very revealing! I was a little saddened to see the more recent photos of Sir John and how old he now is, but to be so active at his age is truly remarkable. Fan or not this is a must read. Regards, Deckard. :)

  2. #2
    Senior Member Country: United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    699
    Liked
    0 times
    Excellent suggestion, Decks! Sir John is truly one of the all time acting greats...and very versatile, too.



    Gibbie

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1
    Liked
    0 times
    There's an interview with Sir John Mills on peoples-tv, filmed this year for the Felixstowe Film Festival. If you've got broadband, its worth watching.



    The sound is a bit rubbish, though - you have to turn it well up.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Country: UK Freddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    4,515
    Liked
    243 times
    If anyone has broadband please watch it,

    you will not be disappointed.

    Freddy

  5. #5
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    200
    Liked
    0 times
    How could we miss this? One of the great British film stars was 97 on Tuesday 22nd February! :grin:

  6. #6
    Senior Member Country: United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    699
    Liked
    0 times
    To the tops - Happy B - Sir John!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    8,865
    Liked
    69 times
    Happy belated birthday to you,Sir John from one of your greatest admirers,

    Marky B :clap:

  8. #8
    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    5,960
    Liked
    103 times
    John Mills, 1930s 'song and dance man'



    Check out 'Car of Dreams' for Sir John Mills as a dapper 'song and dance

    man' in the mid 1930s.....



    Film: Car of Dreams (1935)

    Starring: Grete Mosheim, John Mills Director: Graham Cutts, Austin Melford

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00016119C/



    Available to rent or buy in the USA (and very cheap from Amazon.com

    resellers)





    In this musical comedy, a youthful John Mills stars as the playboy son of a

    music factory tycoon who woos the girl of his dreams by anonymously giving

    her a Rolls-Royce. This charming film offers fascinating glimpses of 1930’s

    London and features British comedian Robertson Hare



    Reviewer: Elaine S. Hallett "hallett&hallett" (New York, NY)



    I thought I had seen all of John Mills' films--his performances in Tunes of

    Glory and Hobson's Choice are among my favorites--but I had never heard of

    Car of Dreams. It's apparently one of Mills' first films. The plot is

    simple, but John Mills and Grete Mosheim are charming as the young lovers,

    and the character roles surrounding them add humor (how can one not laugh,

    for example, at an antique shop dealer whose failure is that he can't be

    persuaded to SELL the items in his store). Miss Mosheim gets her first job

    in a factory owned by Mr. Mills' father. What is her work? "Stamping," she

    says, and viewers will be surprised at how many different (and mistaken)

    responses she gets to the simple word "stamping." Her life changes when

    Mills gives her a Rolls-Royce. The charm of the film is its

    light-heartedness: it IS a film of dreams. But it keeps you laughing,

    sometimes at the campiness of it and other times at the clever twists and

    turns in this comedy of mistaken identity. An added plus: both sound and

    picture are of high quality.



    Cast:

    Grete Mosheim as Vera Hart, John Mills as Robert Miller, Norah Howard as

    Anne Fisher, Robertson Hare as Henry Butterworth, Mark Lester as Miller

    Senr., Margaret Withers as Mrs. Hart, Paul Graetz as Mr. Hart, Glennis

    Lorimer as Molly, Jack Hobbs as Peters, Hay Plumb as Chauffeur...

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    144
    Liked
    0 times
    (julian_craster @ Mar 1 2006, 09:22 AM)

    John Mills, 1930s 'song and dance man'



    Check out 'Car of Dreams' for Sir John Mills as a dapper 'song and dance

    man' in the mid 1930s.....
    What a nice surprise. Does anyone know how this came to be released in the U.S.? It's totally unknown here. Are there any other Gaumonts planned for Region 1...?

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    63
    Liked
    0 times
    I just purchased the last cheapest copy. It hasn't got an insert and there's a punch hole through the ISBN but the DVD is said to be in good shape and the seller has a good record. I can't holler too much for what I paid for it: 2.50 USD which is 1.44060 GBP and the shipping and handling is just one US cent less than the cost of the DVD. I don't recognize the distributor but at least it isn't Alpha Video which is notorious for awful transfers.



    The cover picture they show is a hoot. He's more painted up than his leading lady! LOL



    Who knows with distribution companies? One movie I want isn't available in any form on either side of the Atlantic. It's Brittania Mews (although I saw it on TV as Forbidden Street and apparently it's been shown under one or two other titles), a 20th Century Fox film starring Dana Andrews and Maureen O'Hara and has, in the supporting cast, Dame Sybil Thorndike and A. E. Matthews. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios. You'd think, between the studio, the stars, and the director Jean Negelescu (sp?) that it would be _somewhere_! I think I'm going to retire to Bedlam.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    5,960
    Liked
    103 times
    Do let us know if you enjoy 'Car of Dreams'.

    I think it is rather charming in a sort of 1930s way !



    Hope the print quality on the US DVD is good...

  12. #12
    Senior Member Country: United States theuofc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    6,953
    Liked
    399 times
    (julian_craster @ Mar 10 2006, 09:05 AM)

    Do let us know if you enjoy 'Car of Dreams'.

    I think it is rather charming in a sort of 1930s way !



    Hope the print quality on the US DVD is good...
    I'm really glad you posted the information on "Car of Dreams" because I'd never have guessed it would be available in the US and for pennies. I bought it right away (of course, it's still waiting for me to get time to view it) because I was fascinated with clips from it I had seen last year in Mills' "Moving Memories." It was that documentary that brought home to me how fine a singer and dancer Mills actually was and that he'd started out that way v. the actor we all know.



    If NellyB doesn't report back, when I finally view it, I'll let you know how the quality is.



    Best,



    Barbara

  13. #13
    Senior Member Country: United States theuofc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    6,953
    Liked
    399 times
    (nellybly @ Mar 10 2006, 04:41 AM)

    .... One movie I want isn't available in any form on either side of the Atlantic. It's Brittania Mews (although I saw it on TV as Forbidden Street and apparently it's been shown under one or two other titles), a 20th Century Fox film starring Dana Andrews and Maureen O'Hara and has, in the supporting cast, Dame Sybil Thorndike and A. E. Matthews. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios. You'd think, between the studio, the stars, and the director Jean Negelescu (sp?) that it would be _somewhere_! I think I'm going to retire to Bedlam.
    Hi, Nellybly,



    Send me a PM, and I'll tell you where to get "Brittania Mews," aka "The Forbidden Street", directed by

    Jean Negulesco.



    There is a Santa Claus

    Best,



    Barbara

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    63
    Liked
    0 times
    I got it today. It's a very good quality transfer. It hasn't any extras so the missing insert wasn't a problem (wouldn't have been anyway as I pay no attention to them). The DVD was in excellent shape. The contrasts are good.



    The story is fun and the dialogue is snappy. The cover has John Mills looking painted but he isn't in the movie. It's a good light romantic musical comedy. He sings, very nicely and the tunes are pretty catchy. I liked it very much and will watch it again (and again). I'm glad it turned out to be a good movie and not just something to be seen for it's historic or nostalgic value. Nice to see a little seen facet of Sir John's career, too. :)

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    63
    Liked
    0 times
    I was remembering that I had heard John Mills sing before. It was in The Baby and The Battleship. He was singing "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" to the baby in the title on the ship in the title. Haven't seen it in years and it doesn't appear to be out on DVD.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    5,960
    Liked
    103 times
    The Baby and The Battleship was on UK tv a couple of weeks ago...



    I am sure sombody recorded it....

  17. #17
    Senior Member Country: United States theuofc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    6,953
    Liked
    399 times
    (julian_craster @ Mar 30 2006, 08:08 AM)

    The Baby and The Battleship was on UK tv a couple of weeks ago...



    I am sure sombody recorded it....
    Julian!



    You're wearing a tux and the cigarette holder has been replaced by a revolver! is it Casino Royale fever?

    Very suave, Mr. Bond.



    Barbara

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    144
    Liked
    0 times
    I enjoyed the movie. It had just a little of the feel of a Fred and Ginger story, though they missed a chance for more fun with the mistaken identity scenes at the end, which F&G would have milked much more. My father-in-law interviewed Grete Mosheim for German radio many years ago -- mainly about German theatre before and after the Nazi era -- and he remembers her as a very energetic and articulate lady. Nothing much about her film career, which seems to have been a disappointment to her because of her heavy accent. Actually, I didn't think it was so heavy, but it was noticable, and the movie covered it by having her father be a European shopkeeper. I'm wondering if most moviegoers in the 30s would interpret this as a Jewish family. If so, that was pretty enlightened for the time -- the idea of a rich English fellow going off with a working class Jewish girl. (C.P. Snow later wrote a novel, "The Conscience of the Rich," about a wealthy Jewish family and the difficulties they had being accepted into English society.)



    (I never realized until recently that Mills, though he had a very solid head of hair -- I met him in the mid 80s and he was still well-endowed, follicle-wise - often wore a toupee. Having watched CAR OF DREAMS and ICE COLD IN ALEX, where he's like a blonde Warren Beatty, and TUNES OF GLORY almost back to back, I couldn't help but notice that twenty five years had only enriched his noble pate.)

  19. #19
    Senior Member Country: United States theuofc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    6,953
    Liked
    399 times
    (AndrewLA @ Mar 31 2006, 08:03 PM

    I enjoyed the movie. It had just a little of the feel of a Fred and Ginger story, though they missed a chance for more fun with the mistaken identity scenes at the end, which F&G would have milked much more. My father-in-law interviewed Grete Mosheim for German radio many years ago -- mainly about German theatre before and after the Nazi era -- and he remembers her as a very energetic and articulate lady. Nothing much about her film career, which seems to have been a disappointment to her because of her heavy accent. Actually, I didn't think it was so heavy, but it was noticable, and the movie covered it by having her father be a European shopkeeper. I'm wondering if most moviegoers in the 30s would interpret this as a Jewish family. If so, that was pretty enlightened for the time -- the idea of a rich English fellow going off with a working class Jewish girl. (C.P. Snow later wrote a novel, "The Conscience of the Rich," about a wealthy Jewish family and the difficulties they had being accepted into English society.)



    (I never realized until recently that Mills, though he had a very solid head of hair -- I met him in the mid 80s and he was still well-endowed, follicle-wise - often wore a toupee. Having watched CAR OF DREAMS and ICE COLD IN ALEX, where he's like a blonde Warren Beatty, and TUNES OF GLORY almost back to back, I couldn't help but notice that twenty five years had only enriched his noble pate.)
    Hello, AndrewLA,



    Thanks for a most interesting film review. About John Mills' hair changes. Funny you should mention it. I recently viewed "The Human Factor" with Mills and George Kennedy and was surprised to note how very thin across the top Mills' hair was. Not that I mind. But it was Mills' varying amounts of hair from film to film, as you say, which struck me.



    Best,



    Barbara

  20. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    63
    Liked
    0 times
    (julian_craster @ Mar 30 2006, 03:08 AM)

    The Baby and The Battleship was on UK tv a couple of weeks ago...



    I am sure sombody recorded it....
    A recording in the UK wouldn't help me much as I'm in the good old U S of A with NTSC.



    BTW the man who played Vera's father in Car of Dreams isn't but brings to mind Felix Bressart (Shop Around The Corner).



    I'll take a gander around the net (and a few saved sites) for a compatible copy of The Baby And The Battleship.

Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Sir John Mills
    By goldhomeric in forum Can You Name This Film
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-11-10, 08:24 AM
  2. John mills film
    By ATKI 73 in forum Can You Name This Film
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-03-10, 09:32 PM
  3. Sir John Mills Rip
    By The_Late_Peter_Cook in forum Obituaries
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 03-12-05, 08:59 PM
  4. John Mills and books
    By DB7 in forum Publications
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-01-04, 08:11 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts