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    My facility to copy and paste links on my computer has disappeared for some unknown reason. So I have copied the URL by hand and am now going to type it into this message. This should take you directly to the page with the newsreel link on it.



    This event would most likely have been better covered by Movietone News, which was shown in Rank cinemas and therefore would have at least mentioned the title of the film and name of the cinema.




    I tried to access Pathe News through the Jesse Mathews Website but was unable. So here is the link



    British Pathe Limited



    If this does not work go to advanced search, put in the date 21.3.63 then on the page that appears is the Film Performance video link. Making sure the 'free preview' appears in the box, click on download video, after giving your name and address and checking your not being asked to pay any money, follow the instructions and the 2 minute clip will download.



    If I hadn't of known the date Pathe News search engine is very poor to navigate by



    FReddy

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    I thought it about time I explained to anyone who'll listen, just why this film means so much to me. The simple answer is identification. The film is really about two important and tragic things...Loss and Betrayal, Betrayal and Loss. I have known such things twice in my life, just as Sammy experienced them twice in the film. In fact, I was a bit younger than Sammy when these two things happened to me in 1954...in fact, I was only seven years old, but they had a devastating effect on me for the rest of my life.



    The second time they happened to me, was in more recent years, as an adult and in the end, you get to believe that no one can be trusted; that there is no such thing as a friend...only someone who'll con you into believing they're your friend, so that when the time comes that they think that you love them enough and trust them enough, they can betray all the love and trust you had in them and callously abandon you! In the end, you come to trust no one but yourself, to believe that you are the only true friend you've got or ever will have. You tolerate people, but you can never trust anyone ever again.



    I saw a lot of myself in Sammy and I find I can identify with the character even more now than I did in 1963, because even worse things have happened to me since then. But, unlike the obligatory happy ending imposed on the film, my life will have no such happy ending. Just a sad, lonely and tragic one.



    I hope this has explained things to you.

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    I would like it noted that I own The Rights on "Sammy Going South", and all Royalties are paid to me.

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    I would like it noted that I own The Rights on "Sammy Going South", and all Royalties are paid to me.
    Would you ever consider releasing this commercially, it is a very good film, popular with many British film/ Alexander Mackendrick fans.



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    Freddy

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    That can't be Sir Michael Balcon, as he passed on over thirty years ago. Maybe you're his son, as he did have two children. But if so, you can't be earning many royalties on Sammy Going South at the moment, as it's not available anywhere and it hasn't even been shown on television for eight years. Anyway, I second Freddy's request. Please let's have an official widescreen DVD release of this unjustly neglected classic...restored to it's original 130 minute running time.

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    I've just signed up with the British Movietone News website and downloaded their newsreel clip of the Royal Film Performance, 1963, which is shorter, but clearer and does mention the title of the film as well as giving us a view of James Robertson Justice's face instead of just the back of his head as on the Pathe News clip. I've no idea how to upload a link of it to this forum though, so if you want to see it, you'll have to sign in at Movietone. The clip is free to download, which is very helpful.

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    Would you ever consider releasing this commercially, it is a very good film, popular with many British film/ Alexander Mackendrick fans.

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    Freddy
    That is a matter for Canal+ UK - I have no sway with Exhibitors or Distributors, I was merely a poor Insurance Broker, now retired ! BALCON

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    That can't be Sir Michael Balcon, as he passed on over thirty years ago. Maybe you're his son, as he did have two children. But if so, you can't be earning many royalties on Sammy Going South at the moment, as it's not available anywhere and it hasn't even been shown on television for eight years. Anyway, I second Freddy's request. Please let's have an official widescreen DVD release of this unjustly neglected classic...restored to it's original 130 minute running time.
    Father has been dead since '77 - I'm his Son ! - Balcon

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    Well, warm greetings to the forum, Balcon. Your father is a legend of the British film industry and rightly so.

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    Balcon...must be Jonathan Balcon, Sir Michael's Son. If you ever get a chance to hear a lecture he does on his father and Ealing Studio's, jump to it!



    Sorry I did indeed get my Daily Mail films muddled..It was 'The Long Short & Tall'. I do remember the film negative for Sammy Going South was held in the vaults of Buck Film Labs in Slough.

    Film Man.

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    I do remember the film negative for Sammy Going South was held in the vaults of Buck Film Labs in Slough.

    Film Man.


    That's very interesting, Film Man. You certainly know a lot about it. It'll probably be the full version, too. Well, it's doing no good stuck in a vault, let's get it transferred onto DVD before we all die of old age.

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    That's the trouble Darrenburnfan, so many of these gems rot in film vaults...or worse, the Lab's 'lofts' in amazing temperatures...as Canal-Plus are the owners it's down to them...if enough people e-mail them thay might do something.



    The recent American DVD of El-Cid was only possible because a guy in London had the magnetic sound tracks and a good 35mm print plus bits of the Technirama negative, on a shelf in his garage. Technicolor Labs (England) threw it all out because no one was paying them for storage.



    Thank goodness for private collectors...at least material lives on in their private collections!

    Film Man

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    I think it would take thousands of emails for Canal + to take any notice, but surely they could issue it as part of an Alexander Mackendrick season or something and if they really wanted to go to town on it, which is unlikely, as it would most probably be released through Optimum, who never have any extras on their DVD's, they could have a commentary on it by Fergus McClelland, as well as the original trailer and perhaps a documentary on Sandy Mackendrick, plus the Pathe News and British Movietone News reports of the premiere at the Royal Film Performance.



    Speaking of which, it was nice to see Edward G. Robinson, despite his health problems, attending the premiere escorted by young Fergus and it's quite a thought to know that they sat together in the Odeon, Leicester Square, watching their own film unfold across the big CinemaScope screen!



    Incidentally, half way through the film, on his voyage down the Nile, Sammy says something entirely relevant to my own situation these days:



    "If I died, no one would know."

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    Many thanks for that, Freddy. I might think of ringing up Charlie, if I thought that one request from a fan would make any difference. I also suspect that the version they have of Sammy Going South is the same, cut, 114 minutes version that they supplied Channel 4 with. Although I have heard that the BFI do have the original 130 minutes version of the film, as shown in cinemas in 1963.



    I think that most of the footage missing from the Channel 4 version was from the earlier part of the film during the Sammy and the Syrian scenes. I have the original Front-of-House set of the film and one still shows the Syrian wrapping a white turban around Sammy's head to protect him from sunstroke. That scene isn't in the Channel 4 version. So there are ten minutes missing from that, which will be in the BFI print.

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    I think that information about Canal came from me. Unfortunately, my friend 'Charlie' has retired and can no longer help you. I will try to remember to call Canal on Monday to see if I can get some information.

    Darrenburnfan, I looked at my Kine Weekly collection for 1963. Unfortunately it is not complete and I don't have the issue with the premiere photos. I do however have a small article from an earlier '63 issue which I can reproduce here. Let me know.

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    I think that information about Canal came from me. Unfortunately, my friend 'Charlie' has retired and can no longer help you. I will try to remember to call Canal on Monday to see if I can get some information.

    Darrenburnfan, I looked at my Kine Weekly collection for 1963. Unfortunately it is not complete and I don't have the issue with the premiere photos. I do however have a small article from an earlier '63 issue which I can reproduce here. Let me know.
    HONOUR FOR 'SAMMY'



    MADE on location in Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika, and at Shepperton Film Studios, and now chosen for this year's Royal film performance, "Sammy Going South" took six months to shoot and cost in the region of half a million pounds.



    A Michael Balcon production for Bryanston Seven Arts, it was produced by Hal Mason and directed by Sandy Mackendrick from Denis Cannan's screenplay based on the W.H. Canaway book.



    "Sammy Going South" is a dramatic, large-scale adventure story set against the vast and colourful background of Africa. The tale of an orphaned boy's amazing 5,000 mile trek from Port Said to Durban and his adventures on the way, it stars veteran Hollywood actor Edward G.Robinson as Cocky Wainwright, a rascally but lovable old diamond smuggler, with an unknown London schoolboy, 12-year-old Fergus McClelland, in the role of Sammy.



    The CinemaScope and Eastman Color photography was in the hands of Erwin Hillier, who had Bob Kindred as camera operator and Norman Warwick as second unit photographer. Art director was Ted Tester, sound recordist was Dickie Bird.



    (From the Kinematograph Weekly Vol#584 Issue #2885 dated January 17th, 1963. Page#6)

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    Many thanks indeed for typing that in, Stephen. It all helps to build up the picture of how the film was promoted and reported on at the time. I know that Kine Weekly did feature regular photo pages of premieres and Royal Film Performances, ect, so there would have been a photo spread on the one for Sammy Going South in one of the issues. My guess is it would have appeared in late March or early April, 1963.

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    HONOUR FOR 'SAMMY'



    MADE on location in Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika, and at Shepperton Film Studios, and now chosen for this year's Royal film performance, "Sammy Going South" took six months to shoot and cost in the region of half a million pounds.



    A Michael Balcon production for Bryanston Seven Arts, it was produced by Hal Mason and directed by Sandy Mackendrick from Denis Cannan's screenplay based on the W.H. Canaway book.



    "Sammy Going South" is a dramatic, large-scale adventure story set against the vast and colourful background of Africa. The tale of an orphaned boy's amazing 5,000 mile trek from Port Said to Durban and his adventures on the way, it stars veteran Hollywood actor Edward G.Robinson as Cocky Wainwright, a rascally but lovable old diamond smuggler, with an unknown London schoolboy, 12-year-old Fergus McClelland, in the role of Sammy.



    The CinemaScope and Eastman Color photography was in the hands of Erwin Hillier, who had Bob Kindred as camera operator and Norman Warwick as second unit photographer. Art director was Ted Tester, sound recordist was Dickie Bird.



    (From the Kinematograph Weekly Vol#584 Issue #2885 dated January 17th, 1963. Page#6)
    COMPLETE CREW LIST --- from Kinematograph Weekly Vol#544 Issue#2869 dated September 27th, 1962. Page #7



    Producer, Hal Mason; director, Alexander Mackendrick; production manager, Philip Shipway; production secretary, Doris Prince; 1st asst. director, Peter Price; 2nd asst. directors, Richard Gill, Terry Lens; continuity, Joan Kirk; lighting cameraman, Erwin Hillier; camera operator, Robert Kindred; focus #1, George Pink; focus #2, Roy Ford; clapper/loader, Peter Ewens; 2nd Unit: lighting/operator, Norman Warwick; focus #1, Peter Hendry; focus #2, Lou Lavelly; clapper/loader, Stephen Warwick; 3rd asst. director, Michael J.Meighan; grips, Thomas Millar; stills cameraman, Laurie Turner; sound recordist (mixer), Dickie Bird; sound camera operator, Sandy Fairlie; boom operator, Ken Ritchie; sound maintenance, George Widdows; art director, Ted Tester; asst. art director, Scott Slimon; property buyer, Maureen Roche; chief make-up, Philip Leakey; hairdresser, Henry Montsash; wardrobe master, Ernest Farrer; wardrobe mistress, Joan Fairlie; unit publicist, Ralph Cooper; editor, Jack Harris; 1st asst. editor, Mary Kessell; 2nd asst. editor, John Rogers; props, Henry Frewer, Derek Creedon; stage hand, Ronald Snell; carpenter, Robert Lane; rigger, Arend Vos; painter, Sydney Regan; supervising electrician, Robert Canning; electricians, H. Holloway, Leslie Huckle, Derek Sherriff; generator operator, Peter Atkinson.

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    Thanks for that, Stephen. I wonder how many of those are still with us after 47 years. They seem to have everyone listed on there except the Best Boy, whoever he may have been.

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    Thanks for the extra info Stephen.



    Have just received the Penguin first edition of Sammy Going South.







    The V in the right hand corner was put there by previous owner.







    It was published by Hutchinson in 1961 and then by Penguin in 1963. As you can see the cover bears no likeness to the film characters involved. It leads me to wonder whether Penguin knew anything about the film before the bought the publishing rights.



    Freddy

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