Past Film Night recommendations

In case you missed it . . .

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February 2021

Hello everyone.
I do hope you all remain well in these strange times. Here’s another chance to check out a classic film with the ‘click’ of a mouse button. I hope last month’s double bill did the trick; apologies for the few adverts that cropped up during the programme; it was worth persisting though as the Edgar Wallace mystery had a good twist or two, and ‘Warlock’ was a strong example of the ‘psychological’ westerns that Hollywood produced heading into the 1960s.

Here’s the selection for February:

His Girl Friday (1940) is an American screwball comedy drama romance film, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It was released by Columbia Pictures. The plot centres on a newspaper editor named Walter Burns who is about to lose his ace reporter and ex-wife Hildy Johnson, newly engaged to another man. Burns suggests they cover one more story together, getting themselves entangled in the case of Earl Williams as Burns desperately tries to win back his wife. His Girl Friday is often cited as an archetype of the screwball comedy genre. Director Quentin Tarantino has named His Girl Friday as one of his favourite films.

Here’s the link – please ‘click’ on it or copy and paste in into your internet browser:

Please ‘copy and paste’ the link into your internet browser if the link doesn’t work. Apologies if there are adverts before the start of the film – once again, so like Pearl and Dean!

Take care, everyone.


January 2021 Choice

Hello everyone
I hope you managed to celebrate Christmas in some way and now wish you a safe and happier New Year. I hope you enjoyed the intrigue and fun of December’s offering. ‘Charade’ had everything – no wonder it has so often been referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made2. Hepburn and Grant made a perfect pairing, and the casting of the characters who provided the thrills throughout was just right too. But here we are in 2021 and yes, it’s that time again! Or is it? Traditionally, we used to ‘miss out’ January in our U3A film calendar, but this year – for a bit of New Year bonus fun – I thought we could treat ourselves to a lost piece of the cinema jigsaw – The Double Bill.

Remember those times when you could roll up at the ticket office, join the ‘B’ film halfway through, watch the main feature as a whole, and then leave at the point in the ‘B’ film where you came in? Or just watch it again, just for the fun of it? How times have changed. Please click on the links or ‘copy and paste’ the links into your internet browser. Apologies if there are adverts before the start of each film – but that’s so like Pearl & Dean!

Our Double Bill ‘bonus’ for January 2021 is: Support feature: Edgar Wallace Mysteries – ‘Backfire!’ (1962) starring Alfred Burke

Curzon employs the brash and confident Logan to save his ailing business. However Logan’s confidence is not matched by his ability and his desperate measures lead to a life threatening situation. (The opening theme tune over the credits is a trip down memory lane if ever there was one!)

The link for the film is:!+-+1961+-

Main feature: Warlock (1959) (starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone)

A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods. Arguably the best film made by director Edward Dmytryk.

The link for the film is:


December 2020 a much-loved romantic comedy mystery:

Charade (1963) (Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant) – an American film, directed by Stanley Donen, and it really does span three genres: suspense thriller, romance and comedy.  The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn; for having been beautifully filmed on location in Paris; for Henry Mancini’s score and theme song; and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder.  Charade received positive reviews from critics.  It has been described as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made”.

Here is the link to the film: