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Comedy Classics - John and Julie [1955] [DVD]

Colin Gibson , Lesley Dudley , William Fairchild    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Gibson, Lesley Dudley, Noelle Middleton, Moira Lister, Wilfrid Hyde-White
  • Directors: William Fairchild
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OM9CO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic British comedy starring Sid James and Peter Sellers. The film follows the adventures of two small children who run off to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, meeting various eccentrics on the way.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: England 1953: Six year-old Julie persuades twelve year-old John to run away from their school to attend the Queen's coronation procession. ...John and Julie

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, innocent, lovely 22 Mar 2011
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Young John Pritchett (Colin Gibson) and his "girl" friend Julie (Lesley Dudley) are desperate to see the Queen's coronation. However, they live miles away from London and nobody will take them. Fortunately, John has a plan; the sweet, innocent two will set off to London together, without anyone knowing! Thus, their plan is hatched and, pretty soon, they are on board a train, bound for the capital.

A far cry from today, when the media would have us believe that every adult is a pervert, or that every child is a thief or a vandal. The simplicity of life and the naiveté of children is so charming to see. Even when John "steals" a bicycle, he leaves a note to say he will return it and, rather than having MI5, Interpol, the CIA etc on the case, the police (Peter Sellers) will get around to it when they have time! There is not a gun in sight and no fisticuffs, although Sid James does give a very good impression of the bitter, working-class father, who would rather take his belt to the lad, than take him to see the coronation!

The two youngsters go to find an uncle, who is in the guards and who will help them out. By quite a strange sequence of events, they meet various important "dignitaries" (including Wilfrid Hyde-White) and even find themselves lost in the crowds of people, in strange surroundings.

Thinking with the mind of someone living in the 21st Century, where fear, paranoia and mistrust are rife, one feels for the children's safety, lest they should be whisked away into some far-flung corner of the earth, or some other, dreadful fate befalls them. However, this is London; it is the summer of 1953 and the people who come to see the Coronation are friendly, reassuring and decent people!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John and Julie (Comedy Classics) 4 Sep 2011
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I had been told about this film made in 1955 and the basic plot... two youngsters wishing to go to London to witness the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II... but even knowing this the film didn't disappoint at all!

The 'serious' John and 'wide-eyed' Julie were perfectly cast and played against a plethora of well known actors of their day in a variety of cameo roles.

The now, rather quaint, accents and innocent situations almost seem to have come from the pen of Enid Blyton with 'cor blimey' roles scattered throughout. In addition, there were nostalgic images of London in the 1950s and all in all it was/is a charming product of its time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John and Julie. DVD 8 May 2010
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This film brings back lovely memories for me and I was not dissapionted. It was lovely to see it in colour. The theme tune played by Eddie Calvert still brings a tear to my eye. As well as the memories, it is one of the most hauntingly beautiful piece of music.
The story line about two childen that run away to London to see the Queen's Coronation is just cute and it was great to hear children speaking properly as most did in those days. The cast is full of the old stars. Just a sweet film, and I think even the little ones of today would enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The innocence and determination of youth. 2 Dec 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
John and Julie is written directed by William Fairchild. It stars Colin Gibson, Lesley Dudley, Noelle Middleton, Moira Lister, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Sid James and Megs Jenkins. Out of Beaconsfield Studios, film is shot in Eastman Color with music by Philip Green (trumpet solo's Eddie Calvert) and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

John (Gibson) and Julie (Dudley), two young children in 1953, set off on their own from Dorset to see The Queen's Coronation in London....

Utterly charming picture full of youthful bluster and eccentric adults. Film is very much of its time, it harks back to a time when kids were safe on the streets, people were only too glad to help and it was safe to drink water from the local stream! In essence it's a road movie, one that is powered by two youngsters who by hook or by crook, want to see the Queen get crowned. Story shows how these two young kiddies use initiative and naivety to get to their destination, how they affect everyone who comes into contact with them, and finally how such an historical event brought about a joy and community spirit that is sadly all too lacking in today's modern British society. All of which is deftly flecked by Eddie Calvert's beautiful trumpet.

God bless her!

Is it contrived? And do you have to be a fan of the British Royals to get the most out of it? Not at all. Yes you need a modicum of disbelief suspension to accept that the kids could make it all that way without getting nabbed by the police, the latter of which hardly come off as sharp coppers here, but Fairchild is all about youthful determination and how young cherubs can often beguile us adults. Fairchild also knits it all together with ease, even managing to unobtrusively insert actual footage of the Coronation parade into the joyous climax.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and White in Colour 3 Mar 2013
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I used to think this was filmed in Black and White like so many of these delightful films of the fifties, but no, it is in full colour complete with actual filming of the coronation.

This really is a wonderfully delightful story of two young children desperately wanting to see the coronation and when they were told they couldn't go, they decided to go to London without anyone knowing. Julie is resident at a boarding school and her friend John is a local boy. Together they hatch a plan to take the train to London in order to be there at the coronation. The film follows their journey and the adventures they fall into, all harmless and gentle fun. Peter Sellers plays a laid back policeman, Sid James as John's 'working class and proud of it' father, Megs Jenkins as the kind and gentle mother and Wilfred Hyde-White as the VIP who comes to the rescue.

This really is a delightful Sunday afternoon film for the whole family. Best of all, you can understand every single word spoken, even from the children. At such a bargain price, you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by rosie2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good film, good service
Published 23 days ago by The Coalheaver
5.0 out of 5 stars John & Julie
Very 1950's and just as I remember it. Worth having for the cameo role of Peter Sellers before he became a megastar
Published 2 months ago by Mr John Banner
5.0 out of 5 stars This took me back to another era.
For a colour film that 59 years old it's great to watch, it's like going back on a time machine. It makes it obvious how much things have changed in this country, the dress codes... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PETER 2273
5.0 out of 5 stars John and Julie.
Days gone by, a little bit of England unspoilt by motorways and what have you. A lovely film - two kiddies are aiming to go to London, to see the Queens Coronation in 1953 - the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
Brings back lts of happy memories for me when mum took my sister and I to see this when we was small I will always remember it for such happy times.
Published 14 months ago by mags
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN AND JULIE
Published 16 months ago by M.M, Pleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A fantasy for a rainy day and so entertaining! I loved the whole thing, the cast, the location filiming and the attention to detail that the production crew clearly put into this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
A little pricey compared to most dvd's but still a nice film for the young or old and was nice to see this old classic again
Published 17 months ago by Mark Ian Winfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
It's like visiting old friends. I really enjoy watching these old movies with the actors I grew up watching. Enchanting.
Published 17 months ago by Paul Holt
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