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Dance Hall [DVD]

Donald Houston , Diana Dors , Charles Crichton    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Donald Houston, Diana Dors, Petula Clark
  • Directors: Charles Crichton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 78.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LU8O9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,148 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Digitally remastered, the first ever DVD release of this lost gem from Ealing Studios features a brand new Making Of featurette.

Story by Alexander Mackendrick (Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore!) and from the director of The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt, Dance Hall is a romantic melodrama centred round the life and loves of four working-class women who spend their Saturday nights at the Chiswick Palais dancing to the music of Ted Heath’s Big Band.

Natasha Parry (Romeo & Juliet, Oh, What A Lovely War!) stars as Eve, whose marriage to Phil (Donald Houston, The Longest Day, Room at the Top) is imperilled when she takes a different partner for an upcoming dance contest. Her reasoning is that Phil is a lousy dancer, but she loves him all the same; Phil, however, is the jealous type, who doesn’t quite see things Eve’s way. Petula Clark (Goodbye Mr Chips, Finian’s Rainbow) plays Georgie, whose ambition is to become a dance champion with her partner, Peter (Douglas Barr, Hue and Cry). Among the other familiar faces floating by in Dance Hall are Bonar Colleano, Diana Dors, Sydney Tafler, Gladys Henson, Dandy Nichols and Jane Hylton.

Special Features:

- Making Of featurette
- Restoration Comparison
- Trailer

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Black & White, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Digitally remastered, the first ever DVD release of this lost gem from Ealing Studios features a brand new Making Of featurette. Story by Alexander Mackendrick (Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore!) and from the director of The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt, DANCE HALL is a romantic melodrama centred round the life and loves of four working-class women who spend their Saturday nights at the Chiswick Palais dancing to the music of Ted Heath's Big Band. Natasha Parry (Romeo & Juliet, Oh, What A Lovely War!) stars as Eve, whose marriage to Phil (Donald Houston, The Longest Day, Room at the Top) is imperilled when she takes a different partner for an upcoming dance contest. Her reasoning is that Phil is a lousy dancer, but she loves him all the same; Phil, however, is the jealous type, who doesn't quite see things Eve's way. Petula Clark (Goodbye Mr Chips, Finian's Rainbow) plays Georgie, whose ambition is to become a dance champion with her partner, Peter (Douglas Barr, Hue and Cry). Among the other familiar faces floating by in Dance Hall are Bonar Colleano, Diana Dors, Sydney Tafler, Gladys Henson, Dandy Nichols and Jane Hylton. ...Dance Hall


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent window onto a lost world! 24 Jan 2013
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In the entire canon of Ealing Studios, "Dance Hall" is unjustly overlooked. This is a great shame and hopefully this excellent new DVD release will go some way towards deservedly building its reputation. I imagine in it's day it was "just another film" and slipped by almost unnoticed given it's lack of big star names.

It's an uncomplicated tale of a group of female friends whose social life revolves around the local Palais de Danse, the story focuses on Eve, well played by Natasha Parry and her troubled relationships with the two men in her life - her true love, Donald Houston, who finds it hard to contain his jealousy of Bonar Colleano, her main dance partner.

All the protagonists are excellent, Diana Dors is at her most flighty and attractive, well supported by Jane Hylton and Petula Clark. The cast is full of familiar faces, if you blink though you'll miss Kay Kendall's five seconds appearance! Harry Fowler, uncredited, appears very briefly at the very end of the film.

The photography is very good, full of excellent camera angles, and in this pristine print it looks magnificent.It's taken a long wait for this film to appear on DVD, one of the few Ealing films not previously available, but it's been worth it. Like all this kind of film it's also now a fantastic piece of social history showing a way of life among working people that has now disappeared completely. It's very interesting to see (and hear) Ted Heath's and Geraldo's orchestras, and there is a very pretty ballad, "You're only dreaming", sung by Hy Hazell, which reflects the dreams and aspirations of the girls whose lives centre around the Palais. Local colour is excellent, as to be expected, there is a wonderful shot of Natasha Parry running through the dark streets as a trolleybus disappears into the night behind her!

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME DVD RELEASE 13 Feb 2013
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DANCE HALL is one of several rare and desirable British films yet to be seen at all in any format since initial screenings.

A very welcome release to DVD, particularly as the film elements have been treated so respectfully.

DANCE HALL's existence has been a curiosity for too long and based on the excellent Review above, will be a commendable addition for those wanting to revisit the era it depicts as well as the various interesting cast members.

Many thanks! (For the DVD release and the Review).

Eric GLASBY Australia
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Nice to see this forgotten classic has been selected for DVD release. A lovely glimpse of London life in the early post war years from a working woman's angle. Not only do we have the lovely Pet Clark, Diana Dors and Natasha Parry to look at, we also have rare footage of the great bands of Ted Heath and Geraldo. There's a young Jack Parnell doing some nifty drum work in there as well. Exactly the right balance of humour and drama are included with sufficient story line to keep interest going. A little gem of a film. The only criticism is that this is yet another classic British film that now belongs to STUDIO CANAL a French company believe it or not. Why do we have to sit through their 30 second company banner twice before we can see the film. This banner comes up immediately you start the DVD before the menu comes up. Then when you select to view the film from the menu, the banner comes up again. Stupid and over the top, I think. I think STUDIO CANAL are the only company that does this, once is sufficient.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane 2 Mar 2013
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It is an excellent view of life in the early fifties. Very atmospheric. Great to see the young Petula Clark and Diana Dors acting together
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dance Hall 15 April 2014
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Tried to get this for years as viewed it when a teenager. I enjoyed it then as stayed in my memory. I was not disappointed this time. With today's big budget and CGI films of today it is refreshing to see a film such as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film 14 Feb 2014
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I had not seen this film before. After watching it, I think its fair to say that Bonar Colleano is the real star of the film. Diana Dors is in it ,looking young and innocent also Petula Clark. Its quite a picture of the social times in London.
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