Those People Next Door  [DVD]
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The Twiggs are a typical working-class family: Sam (Jack Warner) and Mary (Marjorie Rhodes) are trying to bring their family up in the shadow of the Blitz whilst taking everything in good humour. Their neighbours Joe (Charles Victor) and Emma (Gladys Henson) are constantly in the Twiggs house, borrowing a cup of sugar or using their Anderson shelter and between them the two working class families put the world to rights. But when their daughter falls for an upper class RAF pilot the Twiggs are asked by his mother, Lady Diana Stephens to tell their daughter to call the romance off, as the social gap between the families is too large. Incensed by Lady Diana s offer of money, Sam Twigg throws her out of the house. But events take a sudden turn as the war enters the Twiggs own living room. Will the two families manage to overcome their disdain for each other and let true love find its way?
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Dad (Jack Warner) goes down to the pub, stumbles over his neighbour whose been bombed out , Jimmy James and Eli stagger in and one of England's finest comedians gives spirits as well as pints of 'pigs ear' a lift.
There's a lot in this film, it moves along well and no empty moments its well worth watching and collecting, the actors never fail and the story line is realist with details often missed in other similar films. So if you like Jack Warner as Dad Twigg (a pre Joe Huggett), Marjorie Rohodes as Mother (a roll she was 'made to measure' for in numerous films) and a'blink and you miss me' roll as son for Anthony Newley it's a lovely film.
The constantly cadging couple next door are played by the ever-reliable Charles Victor and Gladys Henson, who also share an air-raid shelter with the put-upon Twiggs. A clash of the classes occurs with a confrontation between the working-class Twiggs and the upper-class Lady Diana Stephens, who attempts to break up the romance between her RAF son and the Twiggs' eldest daughter with an offer to buy them off.
Solid performances from a cast of great character actors, which also includes Garry Marsh, make this movie an enjoyable dip into a bygone age, movies like this were made for rainy sunday afternoons.
The movie is 74 minutes approx, The black and white picture and sound quality are generally OK, no subtitles. The extras are a collection of Best of British trailers and a 2-page leaflet with details of the director and the main cast.
Another welcome release from Odeon Entertainment, who are providing a great service by releasing these vintage British films, many of which I suspect may never be broadcast again.
Thoroughly enjoyed the film and if like me you are in your 50's I'm sure you will enjoy it too. Happy watching!!!!
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