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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 6 November 2017
:-) Super
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TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 April 2009
The latest addition to the Odeon Entertainment double bill collection combines the somewhat creaky "29 Acacia Avenue" (1945)with the knockabout comedy "Operation Cupid" Interestingly there are almost 15 years between the making of these films and whist "29" can certainly be viewed as a period piece "Cupid" makes the most of the wide boy conman, con-woman scenario. Both films are fascinating in their own right and the number of well known faces is great.
Gordon Harker reminds me of Robertson Hare in "29" and a young Jimmy Hanley who always seemed too old for the part of the young son appears once again quite hapless in life and love. The film was made at Riverside Studios. Directed by Henry Cass and successful in it's day it is good to have this film on DVD.
"Cupid" features the robust actor Charles Farrell who takes the lead. Avice Landone plays a con-woman beautifully and her dance studio instructress daughter has the benefit of music by Malcolm Lockyer. Directed by Charles Saunders this is one of a number of B pictures that he made during his association with Twickenham Studios and producer Guido Coen. For me this little gem is the icing on the cake and I will certainly revist this one regularly. See also, Strictly Confidential (Odeon Entertainment).
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on 5 August 2011
this british film from the 1940's has to be seen to be believed. The "ordinary" family who have the accents that make the royal family sound common, and the blistering appearance of none other than NOEL GORDON, yes Meg from Crossroads.......well you just have to witness this............made as a straight film, it now has the dubious honour of being one of the best comedies available, not at all what was intended. Well worth a look, go on treat yourself, but do keep it as one of your guilty pleasures!!!
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VINE VOICEon 16 January 2013
It was lovely to see how this country was in those golden days when there was an innocent all of its own and these two comedies were a delight to sit down and watch. Interesting to see various 'faces' that set you thinking 'oh that's thingy who was in thingmebob and oh! - wassis name now?'. The plots are not rocket science as such but for its era, quite acceptable. The quality of the transfer is not bad, bearing in mind its n Black & White and should not pose a problem. For the money and the content, its not bad fare and will sit through it again on a wet Sunday afternoon with nowt on the telly to see of any consequence.
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on 1 July 2016
In the two years I have had this charming duo on my shelves I must have watched it (both films) at least four or five times. The shorter of the two, Operation Cupid, might be considered bonus material but it stands well alongside its companion as offering the sort of respite one needs when surrounded by a world in tatters.

Indeed, Acacia Avenue depicts an English idyll in many respects where major concerns range no higher than mild, family feuds. Yet there is a little more to it than that. For example, there is some bravery here in challenging the then conventional attitude to pre-marital sex?

Cupid is a good laugh from start to finish. A trio of wise guys, headed by Farrell, views itself as good for a wangle but always finishes up at the wrong end of the swindle.

I’ll say no more. Watch and enjoy yourselves.
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