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    Just found an interview with ol' 'never mind the quality feel the width' Towers talking to Sheridan Morley in the early part of this decade. Obviously a promotion video for Tower (or Wellbeck) but does give a taste of this lively and opportunistic film maker.



    Harry Alan Towers - More Bang for the Buck!

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    Fascinating stuff, as ever from Mr Towers.



    I wonder if his claim that no film of his has ever lost money is true?

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    name='dremble wedge']Fascinating stuff, as ever from Mr Towers.



    I wonder if his claim that no film of his has ever lost money is true?


    It could be true due to the labyrinthine nature of the films financing and his use of Lichenstien tax havens it is possible the films are in profit before the cameras turn. I can't remember a Towers film getting a release in the UK in my (long) memory but his films will be pretty cheap - local film crews, faded stars, low grade directors and scripts by Peter Wellbeck I think the movies are probably tax shelters in reality



    His biography would be fascinating

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    According to IMDB Towers is producing a new version of Fu Manchu.



    The question is who for Fu ?

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    Harry Alan Towers at BFI Screenonline:



    screenonline: Towers, Harry Alan (1920- ) Biography

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    Thanks for the pingbacks on those, Windthrop. That piece was far longer than I intended ( I actually hacked out a thousand words on his partnership with Jess Franco and another thousand on his third version of Ten Little Indians) but the story of Harry Alan Towers is an amazing one. I really do wish that somebody would write a comprehensive book on the chap, for he is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of cinema (British or otherwise).



    Even just concentrating on that one film alone, sorting the truth from the bulldust was a difficult proposition. I think I got most of it right, but it was a slog.

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    name='Windthrop'] I can't remember a Towers film getting a release in the UK in my (long) memory.


    Surely a fair few of his 60s films, such as the Richard Todd 'Sanders' films (and the Chris Lee 'Fu Manchu' films) got a UK release. I am sure I saw Coast of Skeletons at the cinema.

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    name='batman']Surely a fair few of his 60s films, such as the Richard Todd 'Sanders' films (and the Chris Lee 'Fu Manchu' films) got a UK release. I am sure I saw Coast of Skeletons at the cinema.


    Since the mid-70s I can't remember any turning up. Maybe the double act with Ken might rectify that

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    name='Windthrop']Since the mid-70s I can't remember any turning up. Maybe the double act with Ken might rectify that


    I can't think of any since the mid-70s either. Ken and Harry - what a team!

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    name='batman']I can't think of any since the mid-70s either. Ken and Harry - what a team!


    The question is - who is going upmarket and who is going downmarket

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    name='Windthrop']The question is - who is going upmarket and who is going downmarket



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    name='Windthrop']Since the mid-70s I can't remember any turning up. Maybe the double act with Ken might rectify that


    I have a feeling that The Mangler from 1995 was unleashed in the cinemas.



    I don't hold out much hope for Moll Flanders with Ken. It's been 'in production' for a couple of years...

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    name='dremble wedge']I have a feeling that The Mangler from 1995 was unleashed in the cinemas.



    I don't hold out much hope for Moll Flanders with Ken. It's been 'in production' for a couple of years...


    Barry Humphries is 'interviewed' on Ross tonight - maybe he might shed some light on it

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    name='dremble wedge']I have a feeling that The Mangler from 1995 was unleashed in the cinemas.



    I don't hold out much hope for Moll Flanders with Ken. It's been 'in production' for a couple of years...


    I've got full page Variety ads from the late 1980s announcing Harry and Ken's "Moll Flanders"....so no, don't hold your breath!

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    IIRC Russell and Towers did work together on an 80s Moll Flanders which was being funded by Penthouse. Russell fell out with Penthouse and a legal battle ensued IIRC. There as a documentary about it on Ch4.

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