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Tarzan the Fearless

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Buster Crabbe as Tarzan in the 1933 film serial “Tarzan the Fearless”, with Jacqueline Wells (better known by her later stage name of Julie Bishop) as Mary Brooks, a character intended to take the place of the more traditional Jane, but with a different name to be different from the MGM Tarzan films with Johnny Weissmuller.

This was Crabbe’s only appearance as Tarzan, though he had already played a similar role in “King of the Jungle” as Kaspa the Lion Man, and played similar “Jungle Men” afterwards.

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Original B&W photo.

The Giant Claw

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One of the less embarrassing scenes from the 1957 film “The Giant Claw”, with Morris Ankrum, Jeff Morrow, Edgar Barrier and Mara Corday.

The cast were unaware of the terrible special effects and excessive amount of stock footage until they saw it on screen. Jeff Morrow told how he had to sneak out of a screening in his hometown because he didn’t want anyone in the audience to recognise him.

 

 

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Screencap kindly supplied by johnxgin3.com

Richard Attenborough

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Richard Attenborough, who died yesterday (Sunday 24th August) aged 90, in a scene from his breakthrough film, “Brighton Rock”, in 1947.

 

 

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Original B&W photo.

Food on The Home Front

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A frame from a British Council film, made in 1942, and released in 1943, intended for an overseas audience, showing British life, and countering Nazi propaganda.

The notice on the wall to the right reads:

“THIS WAR-TIME RESTAURANT IS THE GIFT OF G.F.E. BARTLETT & SON KITCHEN ENGINEERS TO THE BOROUGH OF ST. MARYLEBONE DECEMBER 1941″

Restaurants like this were set up, in donated or requisitioned premises, to feed people who had been bombed out of their homes, and also to mitigate rationing, as food could be made to go further when catering for more people.

 

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Original B&W frame.

 

The film in its entirety, from the British Council.

The Creative Commons licence for the film, which also applies to my colourised frame, can be found by clicking here.

Klaatu Barada Nikto!

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Sam Jaffe as Professor Jacob Barnhardt and Michael Rennie as Klaatu in a scene from the 1951 film “The Day the Earth Stood Still“.

“Klaatu barada nikto” is a phrase in a language invented for the film, and used to bring the story to a close. Nobody really knows what it means, as the film’s writer, Edmund H. North, never revealed it.

 

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Screencap kindly supplied by johnxgin3.com

 

 

Edmund Warwick – The Doctor’s Double

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In this scene from the 1965 Doctor Who story “The Chase”, Edmund Warwick played a robot double of the Doctor, made by the Daleks to confuse the Doctor’s companions and to kill the Doctor. Later in the story, Warwick and William Hartnell both played the robot and the Doctor in scenes where they met, depending on which character was seen most clearly, though both were voiced by Hartnell.

On modern televisions, larger and with higher definition than in 1965, Warwick bears little resemblance to Hartnell. It helped the illusion, too, that we couldn’t watch recordings and replay Warwick’s scenes back in 1965.

 

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Original screencap.

Timeslip

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A scene from the ATV series “Timeslip” that ran between 1970 and 1971, starring Cheryl Burfield and Spencer Banks. This shot is probably from the first of four stories, given the location and the clothes.

The programme was made in colour, apart from a couple of later episodes which were made in black and white because of industrial action, but all but one colour episode were wiped, so only the last episode of the second six part story now exists in colour.

 

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Original B&W photo.

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