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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT VALUE
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
Published on 25 Feb. 2011 by Paul Scott

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3.0 out of 5 stars Crowded Day is interesting curiosity.
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...
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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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Paul Scott (CENTRAL COAST,, N.S.W. Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crowded Day is interesting curiosity., 17 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: The Crowded Day / Song of Paris (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crowded Day Reviewed Only., 11 Dec. 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The lives of shop girls stripped bare.

The Crowded Day (AKA: Shop Spoiled) is directed by John Guillermin and adapted to screenplay by Talbot Rothwell from a story by John Paddy Carstairs and Moie Charles. It stars John Gregson, Joan Rice, Freda Jackson, Patricia Marmont, Josephine Griffin, Sonia Holm, Patricia Plunket, Rachael Roberts and Vera Day. Music is by Edwin Astley and cinematography by Gordon Dines.

Bunting and Hobbs Department Store, Christmas week, and the shop girls deal with what life has to throw at them this yuletide season.

A rare British movie that if only for the fine ensemble cast of actors gathered, should see it more widely known. By definition it's a bitter- sweet picture, blending comedy with drama is never easy to do, but the makers here manage to pull it off with some skill. The focus is on the post-war working women of this particular department store, this provides the story with a number of different character threads, all intelligently scripted by Rothwell.

From the heavy duty angle of an unmarried pregnancy and the desperation that can cause, to more lighter themes of jealously as a weapon and getting one's own back on the supervisor, there's enough here to either tug the heart or put a smile on the face. Guillermin does a fine job with his direction, with his camera work very effective for each character strand.

When the story is of the dramatic kind, he (and Dines) brings noir visuals into play, with foreboding shadows reflecting the mood of the players and canted angles enhancing psychological discord. For the more fluffy aspects of plotting, the camera is mobile and breezy, the lighting perky as Christmas comes forth from the screen.

The Crowded Day is a twin axis thing at heart, it shows us all that the holiday season often works on different levels for many. Where some have the world at their feet, others are prone to misery. Food for thought. 8/10

Print I viewed was absolutely pristine, showed on the UK Sky Arts Channel. BFI have released it as part of their Adelphi Collection in a double Blu-ray and DVD package that also contains Guillermin's Song of Paris.
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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
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Nipper "Glynis Johns Loony" (Maceira, Torres Vedras Portugal) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated subject matter but very watchable, 9 Mar. 2013
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Good blk/wht movie - interesting social film - includes lots of 'famous faces' eg Sid James, Prunella Scales - (was Sid James never 'young') Probably appears a bit old fashioned including the pregnant assistant story - but very watchable from a 'those were the days' attitude. So sad those big deparetment stores vanished
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't wasted my money, 16 Jan. 2015
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I don’t understand why the BFI produced this DVD/Blu-ray. I don’t understand why the films were restored. There are so very many other wonderful films of the period if all that’s wanted is nostalgia. I suppose it’s fun to see so many actors who went on to do better things but that’s about it. The photography is pedestrian, the scripts are toe-curlingly embarrassing - there aren’t even lots of location shots to make them interesting period pieces. But I see others have enjoyed the films, so perhaps best to ignore me and take a chance that you’ll find them worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Memory, 24 Mar. 2015
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A film of my growing-up days, not necessary the greatest of plot lines, but THE CROWDED DAY so atmospheric of the period, and with a wonderful line-up of screen regulars of the time, down to a cameo appearance of Sid James with just a few lines as prologue & epilogue. SONG OF PARIS not quite as enjoyable for me. An all-round good buy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crowded Day /Song of Paris, 26 Sept. 2011
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This item is simply great for all 'Oldies', a slice of life from my young days, it brought back many happy memories.
A bonus to have the Blue-Ray edition.
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