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Ménage-à-trois during the Civil War
on 25 December 2014
Having been a French resident in the UK for the best part of the last 20 years, I was very much looking forward to a film about the English Civil War. After all, despite all our claims on the Revolution Française and blah blah the Brits had beheaded their King almost 150 years before we beheaded ours.
I was therefore very disappointed to watch this pseudo-drama where the central plot device was a completely unbelievable love triangle between Oliver Reed, Jack Hedley and the very rare June Thorburn (who died in a plane crash in 1967, RIP).
Indeed, it remains a mystery as to why the leading lady would choose the horribly tame Hedley over the much more powerful Reed.
The film is redeemed by its great baddy, Lionel Jeffries (who gets top billing), and its powerful ending, but versus the other three "Hammer adventures" made at the time ("Captain Clegg", "Terror of the Tongs" and "Stranglers of Bombay"), this can only be considered a hugely missed opportunity.