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Margaret Rutherford: Dreadnought with Good Manners
Margaret Rutherford: Dreadnought with Good Manners
by Andy Merriman
Edition: Hardcover

113 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last an in-depth biography, 24 Sep 2009
I picked up a copy of this book yesterday and didn't put it down until I'd read it.

Andrew Merriman has delved deeply into this most admired of British comedy actresses revealing her strengths and weaknesses. We find out all about her troubled childhood and an act of murder within her immediate family which no doubt contributed to her manic depression later in life.

The fact that her warmth on screen, theatre, television and radio lit up British people for over 30 years is a testament to her professionalism.

Mr Merriman has sought out many of her colleagues, friends, neighbours and associates to compile this fact-filled biography. It cannot have been an easy task as it's been over 37 years since her passing, but she still remains a big part of British cinema history and many of her films are still shown on television all over the world.

The Happiest Days Of Your Life [DVD]
The Happiest Days Of Your Life [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alastair Sim
Price: 8.90

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last on DVD!, 30 July 2009
This film became the highest earning British film of 1950. Margaret Rutherford & Alastair Sim are at their peak of comedic excellence adding to the mayhem which ensues after an error by the Ministery of Education mistakenly sends a girls school to share premises occupied by a boys school. This is a farce but of the highest order. Rutherford reprises her stage role as the headmistress with such belief that at times you feel scared for her protoges! Joyce Grenfell has some scene-stealing scenes as the hockey mistress which is later echoed in her role As WPC Gates in the St.Trinian franchise.
Would liked to have had the documentary about Alastair Sim included as an extra as it was on the original video.

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