Tag Archives: UK

The Ware Case (1938) Robert Stevenson, Clive Brook, Jane Baxter, Barry K. Barnes, Drama, Mystery

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In this taut drama, a wealthy financier is tried for the murder of his brother-in-law after the damning corpse is found floating in his garden pond. He is eventually acquitted. Upon his return home, he is angered to find his lawyer has become romantically involved with his wife. An argument ensues, during which the financier confesses his guilt and then makes a fatal leap from a balcony.
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The Best House in London (1969) Philip Saville, David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders, Comedy

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In this British farce, the British Home Secretary satisfies the men of London by sanctioning a government-run brothel. This comedy chronicles what happens when secretary John Bird appoints Sir Francis Leybourne to run the place. Bird then has his lovely girlfriend Babbette act as the Madame. Sir Leybourne owns an opium plantation in India and one day goes there to see it. Unfortunately, he gets killed in an uprising, leaving his prim niece Josephine Pacefoot in charge of the cathouse. A staunch believer in social reform, she is quite sure what to do with the disreputable business. Leybourne’s son has plenty of ideas too and wants the fortune and the bordello for himself. The ensuing struggle creates plenty of trouble and many laughs. Though the film originally received a British “X” rating, the sex is pretty tame by modern standards.
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Owning Mahowny (2003) Richard Kwietniowski, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Owning Mahowny (2003)
Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny–the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession.
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Private Road (1971) Barney Platts-Mills, Susan Penhaligon, Bruce Robinson, Michael Feast, Drama

Private Road (1971)
When Peter, a handsome author pausing from finishing his first novel (and played by Bruce Robinson, director and writer of Withnail & I), shacks up with sugar-sweet receptionist, Ann (Susan Penhaligon), they spend their days in pursuit of youthful happiness. Sex, drugs, and some rigorous rural living ensue, to the dismay of Ann’s well-to-do parents. Will Peter choose domestic conformity or pursuit of the artistic ideal? Thought-provoking, witty and compelling, Private Road is well worth rediscovering.
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Murder She Said (1961) George Pollock, Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Murder, She Said (1961)
Old miss Marple is on a train ride when she witnesses a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police but they won’t believe her: since no body can be found there can’t have been any murder, right? As always, she begins her own investigation. The murder was committed while passing Ackenthorpe Hall and miss Marple gets herself a job there, mixing cleaning and cooking with searching the house for clues.
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