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Something In The City [DVD]
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A wonderfully simple story of Mr Ningle (Richard Hearne) who lost his job in the City many years ago, but didnt want to tell his wife. So he goes off to town each day in his pinstripe and bowler then changes his clothes and works as a pavement artist. Unfortunately Bill Shine (a reporter) is sent to tail him, ,but when Ningle suddenly dissappears Shine calls the police. They find Ningle's clothes and assume he's been killed. A suspicious character seen near the scene is of course Ningle himself and the police set out to track Ningle in connection with his own death!
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Probably a good buy if you are a particular fan of British comedy from this era, but I'm not sure I'll watch it again.
The sound and picture quality are both excellent.
Some nice shots of old 1950's London with long gone tobacconists plus a great scene where he rides a moped through WOOLWORTHS with the wooden floors, all the pre decimal priced items etc etc - nice.
Its a happy go lucky movie and of a time when simple entertainment was the norm, I am 53 years old yet I know many 30 somethings that love this type of film, yes indeed its slapstick and typical Brit comedy of that time, none the less, its a movie that I will re watch and show to many.
Excellent picture restore but the sound is of the compressed auto levels that make the sound EFX loud and the music is higher than the speech, so you may have to set your modern 10 point one audio to suit.
Something in the City is a somewhat forgotten British film production GEM. For a while Richard Hearne was one of British television's biggest stars, comparable to today's Mr Bean. Sadly he has almost completely disappeared from memory along with an early golden age of British television in the 1950s.
Richard Hearne, likeable chap, and the alter ego he plays in this movie is indeed reminiscent of his famous mad cap character Mr Pastry - I personally will keep this movie in my collection.
If nothing else, its a spotting the old London type of movie, with the shops, cars, bikes and fashions of that time, great reference piece too.
None of this is of very much import: what matters here is the physical comedy and treasured screen presence of Hearne whose structured physical comedy (as opposed to the musical-hall slapstick variety more common elsewhere in British cinema) is a delight. Hearne's droopy, pale 'tache is arguably as much a signature of his persona as Harold Lloyd's glasses or Chaplin's cane, and at the moment when it appears in the film (to usher in Ningle's alter-ego 'Artie') this watcher, at least, enjoyed a small frisson which must have also been enjoyed more strongly by contemporary audiences.
A good deal of the running time of Something in The City is Taken up with physical comedy, as Ningle or 'Artie' escape from various pursuers, and for the most part this is successful. Indeed Hearne's natural grace and movement, his use of props and situations, avoidance of cheap laughs and his lack of bumbling through the various narrative mishaps occasionally reminded this viewer of Buster Keaton. There's plenty of comic support too, notably a very young Dora Bryan as an increasingly exasperated cafe waitress.Read more ›