Tag Archives: Dora Bryan
Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who’s adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby’s birth, and becomes, in effect, the child’s father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo’s mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which “family” will emerge?
In this drama, the manager of “The Quiet Woman,” a coastal inn, finds herself falling in love with a smuggler. When her husband breaks out of prison, he goes to her and tries to convince her to help him escape. The smuggler then offers to help them leave via the sea, but unfortunately the two are captured and fatally shot by patrolling customs officials. The photography in this film is especially notable.
Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire / My Son the Vampire (1952) John Gilling, Arthur Lucan, Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan, Comedy, Horror
The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped to him is delivered instead to Mother Riley, the Vampire, through radar control, has the Robot transport itself as well as Mother Riley to the proper destination…as the old lady goes into a whirl of side-splitting action in a determined effort to frustrate the plans of the sinister Vampire.
A Royal Marine Reserve Major must work with a veteran Captain and a group of incorrigible recruits to attempt what is generally regarded as a suicide mission: the covert destruction of an entire German shipyard in occupied France.