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5 stars for Hylda...,
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This is a very entertaining north country vehicle for the well know Hylda Baker and it is directed at a good pace by Montgomery Tully. The running time of 69 minutes allows for plenty of Hylda's unique comedy and character performances from Cyril Smith; Joan Sanderson and Lucy Griffiths to name just 3. The story also allows for some early 1960s pop music and storyline. Picture quality is very clear and sound good but there are a few blips in the running of the original and a possible cut in dialogue. However, it does not detract from Hylda Baker's starring role and that is why I have awarded 5 stars.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2011 19:13:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2011 19:14:13 BDT
Mr. David Rayner says:
I agree, though I wouldn't say, as Renown do, that it has been remastered. What they should have said was that this is the best surviving 35mm print they could find and transferred it to DVD. The beginning has a vertical jump on it for a few seconds (worn perforations?), but it settles down after a few seconds. Numerous splices throughout resulting in words or parts of words missing (particularly in the coffee bar scene), but the film appears to run to length, give or take a few seconds. One gripe. When I ran this in April, 1963, during my time as a cinema projectionist (as the support to "The Wooden Horse of Troy"), I distinctly remember a scene where Cyril Smith tells Hylda Baker that he's going to tend to his ferrets in the back yard and Hylda says: "That's all you think about is them ferrets. Look at you. You've even got a face like a ferret!" That exchange of dialogue, perhaps running only ten to fifteen seconds, is missing.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 20:25:25 GMT
You may be confusing this film with Sailor Beware, which Cyril Smith was also in. He does indeed tend to some ferrets in S.B. which results in a severe tongue lashing from Peggy Mount. I hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 20:32:35 GMT
Mr. David Rayner says:
Many Thanks, Twittykins. I haven't seen Sailor Beware for some years, so I could indeed be confusing the two films. It's funny how memory sometimes plays tricks on us.
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