Bought mainly for The Smallest Show On Earth, Peter Sellers' comic genius is visible in all the DVDs on offer. He does not quite steal the show in the said film but we see him as an excellent characterful ensemble actor as the drunken projectionist. Margaret Rutherford is also on good form as the geriatric box office lady and pianist. Smallest Show holds up well as a 1950s comic gem. Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers are a delight as the young couple who inherit the crumbling Bijou cinema situated between two railway arches. Directed by the reliable Basil Dearden, with cinematography by Douglas Slocome, this British Lion film is a marvellously nostalgic evocation of a time already being superseded by new developments in technology such as cinemascope and stereophonic sound.
I was put of buying the Blu-Ray with all the bad reviews, so took a chance on the streaming HD copy on Prime, again at a very attractive price, a great cast, Virginia Mackenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers as the projectionist, Margaret Rutherford as the cashier, and Bernard Miles as the doorman. It is good black and white and the mono soundtrack is very good considering the films age, the quality of the picture and sound are good in fact it is better than when I showed it when it was first released, I think some people are too critical, fogetting the age of the film. A really entertaining comedy, BUY IT!
A good Sunday afternoon movie which was having tv reruns when we were kids, all simple fun. Standout performance from Margaret Rutherford giving the feeling more of a stage play than a movie. Peter Sellers worth the price of admission alone.
Hoffman was the big surprise here ; a much better film than I had expected . As for the others , "The smallest show on Earth" remains my favourits "Two way stretch"" and "Carlton Browne" are both entertaining and mildly amusing .
must go on. I bought this for the film The smallest show on earth. This set is very well put together,as is this film. Except for the actor Bill Travers it is very well cast and takes me back in time to the fifties when there were still what we called then Flee Pits.( old tatty cinemas ). Getting back to this set,it is a good time peice and well worth buying for its quality.