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Pink String And Sealing Wax [DVD]

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  • Actors: Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Gordon Jackson, Jean Ireland, Sally Ann Howes
  • Directors: Robert Hamer
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTD4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Classic drama based on the play by Roland Pertwee. Googie Withers plays Pearl Bond, the frustrated wife of an 1880s Brighton tavern keeper. Looking for a way to escape her marriage, Pearl persuades a chemist's son to act as accomplice in a murder plot.

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love the title.......very interesting movie....a big fan of googie withers....
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OH YES!! I'd waited years for this to come out on Video and it didn't, and then DVD, now it's finally happened, and I still can't believe it!

One of Googie Withers' greatest movies (I contacted Ms. Withers about this movie some years ago and she was kind enough to reply from Australia) Googie made many great films during this period of her career, and was one of Britain's biggest film stars, but no part had as many close-up shots as this which are always so very difficult to do, and very demanding.

Pearl (Withers) is married to Publican Joe Bond who mistreats her. Having hardened her own persona to become accustomed to this she takes advantage of an impressionable young youth (Gordon Jackson) to forge her way into 'disposing' of her unwanted husband. But taking advantage of such an innocent does not come without its own just rewards, for Pearl is in love with a man who does not love her; a man who goes on to flaunt his 'other' woman under her very nose.

There's also the story of the family of the young man played by Gordon Jackson in all this, and the head of that household is Mervyn Johns. His wife (played by the talented actress Mary Merall) submits to his rule of authority - as does the rest of the family - unwillingly.

'...you're going to do horrible things to those darling little Guinea Pigs...' (I just loved Sally Ann Howes in this) is just one of the memorable and moving lines uttered in this marvellous script! And there's some real gems for scenes - like the one as Mervyn Johns and Mary Merall as man and wife climb the stairs to bed, whilst discussing the relationship they do not appear to have with their children - and why... Some wonderful dialogue.
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There's nothing like coming out of a cinema after thoroughly enjoying what
you've just seen on the screen. Here's a classic case of that feeling.
It was the period when Ealing Studios was at the peak of its output.
This movie was superb in all departments...a good storyline,which though familiar,
has rarely been bettered,beautifully cast...a touching performance by Gordon
Jackson,a great femme fatale in Googie Withers,plus the always sterling work
by character actor,Mervyn Johns,and to round off,great photographically lit
sets.I highly recommend this excellent British film

Mike
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In 1880 Brighton,a publicans wife played by( Googie Withers)plans to poison her husband,she latches on to a vunerable younger man who"s sweet on her played by (Gorden Jackson)who"s strict father is the local pharmacist played by( Mervyn Johns).Its a brilliant Ealing film from a Roland Pertwee play Its got adultry,murder,and Blackmail a good mix to get the locals in the public house to speculate about.A film that at last is out on DVD.
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i THOUGHT THE FILM WAS WELL CAST, SOME GOOD BRITISH ACTORS, AND ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT A DEEP OR COMPLEX PLOT,IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE, NOT LONG AND DRAWN OUT, IF ANYTHING IT COULD HAVE BEEN ALITTLE LONGER , IT IS A GOOD SLICE OF THE BEST OF EALING.
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PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX [1945 / 2016] [Ealing Studio Digitally Restored] [Blu-ray] The Story of A BAD WOMAN . . . Who Loved Shamelessly . . . Who Murdered Ruthlessly!

In 1890’s Brighton, the young son of a puritanical chemist longs to escape the repressive environment of his family life and the overbearing restraints of his cruel, pious father. Eventually finding refuge in a local tavern he is immediately attracted to the sordid glamour of the drinking classes and the gritty world that they inhabit. He also finds himself becoming infatuated with the tavern’s landlady, which will inadvertently lead to him being drawn into a plot to kill her abusive husband.

Directed by Robert Hamer [‘Kind Hearts And Coronets’ and ‘School For Scoundrels’], ‘PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX’ stars Googie Withers [‘The Lady Vanishes’], Mervyn Johns [‘Dead Of Night’] and Gordon Jackson [‘Whisky Galore’ and ‘The Quatermass Experiment’] in a film that cleverly entwines the dynamics of a thriller with biting social commentary and a multi-layered plot structure that contrasts the parallels of the British class system. This is part of the “Vintage Classics” collection, showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

Cast: Mervyn Johns, Mary Merrall, Gordon Jackson, Jean Ireland, Sally Ann Howes, Colin Simpson, David Walbridge, Googie Withers, John Carol, Catherine Lacey, Garry Marsh, Pauline Letts, Maudie Edwards, Frederick Piper, John Owers, Helen Goss, Margaret Ritchie, Don Stannard, John Ruddock, Ronald Adam, Charles Carson, Valentine Dyall, David Keir, Amy Dalby (uncredited) and Vincent Holman (uncredited)

Director: Robert Hamer

Producers: Michael Balcon and S.C.
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Pearl (Googie Withers) is unhappily married. She is having an affair with the unscrupulous Dan (John Carol) and befriends David Sutton (Gordon Jackson) who works at his father Edward's (Mervyn Johns) chemist shop. A chemist shop gives you access to poisons........so guess what Pearl has in mind for husband Joe (Garry Marsh)? Can she get away with her plan...?

Mervyn Johns, John Carol and Googie Withers put in the best performances. In fact, the whole cast are good, apart from Sally Ann Howes who plays "Peggy" and, despite a couple of funny moments, is as wooden as ever. Even the comedy character of "Miss Porter" played by Catherine Lacey is on the right side of irritating.

Unfortunately, the story only develops when Pearl is on screen. There are 2 definite parts to the story and the better episodes take place at the pub. What a shame that large sections of the film are devoted to family life at the Sutton household. We really don't need the storyline concerning the 2 daughters, Victoria (Jean Ireland) and Peggy. Mervyn Johns is a good enough actor to portray tyrannical power without back-up from these women. Victoria wants to pursue a singing career against her father's wishes. After being subjected to her shrill voice on more than one occasion, the audience can only take his side in this matter. There is one very cringeworthy scene where we are subjected to her singing the whole of "There's no place like home" to a professional singer and it's just terrible. She sings on several more occasions in which she just becomes excruciatingly annoying. We even have to home in on her voice during a church scene where the congregation are singing a hymn......Stop it!......She sounds crap!

I was slightly let down by the ending to this film - it seemed a cop-out.
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