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Tugboat Annie [DVD] [1931] [Region 1] [US Import] &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Marie Dressler
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem, 31 Jan 2014
I purchased this for my mother as she is a big Marie Dressler fan, and watched it myself out of idle curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised to find it's a thoroughly charming film. Frequent cinematic sparring partners, Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery play hard working, salt of the earth, tugboat captain Annie and her feckless, drunken rogue of a husband. Over the years we follow their ups and downs and the rise of their devoted son, a rather wooden Robert Young, doing really well for himself.

Partly filmed in a busy port in a beautiful part of the West U.S.A. coast, and by turns raucous, gently funny and quite moving, the film evokes a strong sense of a vibrant community and… Read more
Pardon the Expression - The Complete Series [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Arthur Lowe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A largely forgotten spin off from Coronation Street, this series sets Leonard Swindley, former Gamma Garments manager played by Arthur Lowe, into his own sit-com. Newly appointed deputy to department store manager Mr Parbold, Paul Dawkins, Swindley gets into various scrapes but just manages to muddle through. The comedy and characters are very appealing, apart from Mr Parbold, who never seems comfortable in the role and really only comes into his own in an episode where he plays truant. This episode is the stand out in the first series.

There are some duff episodes, mainly it seems involving Vince Powell as writer, though he was also involved in some good ones. The absolute… Read more
Number 17 - Alfred Hitchcock
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, I was really tempted to give this five stars as I laughed my head off through the second half of this "thriller" from 1932, but common sense must prevail. Though precious little prevails within the movie.

This could appeal to two different audiences, the ones who admire the technical achievements of early filmmakers and those who relish dreadful B Movies. Who would have thought that a young Alfred Hitchcock could have come so close to being our very own forerunner to Ed Wood Jr? This is a very early Hitchcock movie and one he rapidly turned his back on, calling it "An appalling little melodrama". He was right, but he did overlook the "So bad it's good" factor, and… Read more