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The Crowded Day / Song of Paris (DVD + Blu-ray)

John Gregson , Joan Rice , John Guillermin    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Gregson, Joan Rice, Thora Hird, Dandy Nichols
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Format: Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZ6I6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The third release of the BFI s pioneering Adelphi Collection is a double bill showcasing two early films by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile). The Crowded Day (1954) is an engaging, bittersweet comedy-drama focusing on the intertwined lives of a group of shop girls working in a London department store in the 1950s, with a wonderful cast including John Gregson, Joan Rice, Dora Bryan, Thora Hird, Prunella Scales, Sid James and Dandy Nicholls; Song of Paris (1952) is a charming romantic comedy which sees an archetypal Englishman - suavely played by Dennis Price - return from a jaunt abroad to face a dastardly foreign Count in a duel for the hand of a beautiful mademoiselle.

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The third release of the BFI's pioneering Adelphi Collection is a double bill showcasing two early films by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile). The Crowded Day (1954) is an engaging, bittersweet comedy-drama focusing on the intertwined lives of a group of shop girls working in a London department store in the 1950s, with a wonderful cast including John Gregson, Joan Rice, Dora Bryan, Thora Hird, Prunella Scales, Sid James and Dandy Nicholls; Song of Paris (1952) is a charming romantic comedy which sees an archetypal Englishman - suavely played by Dennis Price - return from a jaunt abroad to face a dastardly foreign Count in a duel for the hand of a beautiful mademoiselle.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT VALUE 25 Feb 2011
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Both films are very good .
A fascinating glimpse into the 50's in the UK.
A cavalcade of stars,whe when this was filmed,where just starting out.

Beautiful clear clean Bluray transfers 1.33 4.3 and at a great price too
Highly Recommended
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crowded Day is interesting curiosity. 17 Feb 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This double feature Blu-ray/DVD is rather a curate's egg as follows:

CROWDED DAY - 1954 Black and White - produced by Adelphi in an attempt to break into the main feature market this curious film was rejected by both major exhibitors and was a major failure for the company.

It is exactly what it says, so crowded it is very difficult on one viewing to remember who the kaleidoscope of cameo parts are played by the long list of well known actors employed for one or two days shooting, don't be fooled most only appear in one or two short scenes.

The only substantial parts are Peggy Finch (Joan Rice) and Leslie Randall (John Gregson) coupled in a contentious romance in the crowded department store.

However fifty seven years later it is an intriguing glimpse into the department store staff living in a hostel due to shortage of post war accommodation, reminders of actors seen in a multitude of films of the time, and also to changing attitudes.

SONG OF PARIS - 1952 Black and white - A routine example of a budget film of the time with an off the shelf plot, but rescued by the vivacious performance and singing of Clementine (Ann Vernon) a French actress who had a long film career mainly on the continent.

Excellent transfer and booklet, but the provision of both Blu Ray and DVD discs increases the cost to a point which can hardly be justified for the average buyer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crowded Day/Song of Paris 23 April 2012
By Nipper
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A couple of good old British movies. 'Song of Paris' is a bit dim, with Dennis Price playing a romantic hero, not very convincingly. But the 4 stars are for 'The Crowded Day' a wonderful ensemble piece set in a departmental store in London. The store is fictional but bears a resemblence to Selfridges. Beautifully told stories of the girls who work there. The cast alone is worth the money spent. Names that come to mind include Thora Hird, Dora Bryan, Prunella Scales (so young as to be barely recognizable. Sybil Fawlty she is not),Richard Wattis (a particular favourite of mine) and dear old Sid James. A really likeable film.
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