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Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Koscina and Robert Morley star in this satirical comedy-thriller at the height of the 007 popularity and set amidst the world of international espionage. Unemployed Nicolas Whistler accepts a job and a tidy salary with what he believes to be a glass manufacturing company in London. He soon discovers that his business behind the Iron Curtain is in fact illegal. Everyone apparently believes him to be a spy but it takes much time and adventure for him to realize it. The realization numbs him with horror, and with his contacts gone, he is on his own. He must escape arrest and flee to England but the secret police are close behind him. Robert Morley, as his boss is a scene stealer!
97 mins, Color, 1.78:1 / 16x9, 1964, Not Rated
Bruce Campbell (Dirk Bogarde) is a young Englishman who believes himself to be incurably ill. He travels to Canada to take up his grandfather's inheritance, Campbell's Kingdom, a valley high in the Rockies. Here he intends to spend the last few months of his life. When he arrives in Come Lucky, an old ghost town which has lost the prosperity of its gold rush days, he is greeted with hostility by the men in the "Golden Calf” saloon. Owen Morgan, a contractor for Henry Fergus, tells him that his grandfather's death ended a deadlock in Come Lucky. The old man, King Campbell, believed there was oil in the valley. Therefore, he prevented Morgan from completing a dam and flooding the valley as part of a new hydro-electric scheme which would bring back prosperity. Now, since mining surveyor Boy Bladen's (Michael Craig) report shows that there is no chance of oil being found there, the Government has given permission for the flooding. Campbell chooses to take up where his grandfather left off and discover oil before the mining company can flood the valley!
102 mins, Color, 1.66:1 / 16x9, 1957, Not Rated
A young woman, Lindy Smith (Yolande Donlan), is surprised to discover she has inherited a vast fortune and a small European State from a distant relative. She sets off to take up her position as Princess but meanwhile has received none of her fortune. Then a young man, Tony (Dirk Bogarde), offers to help her market a local product throughout Europe to stave off the country’s bankruptcy. The plan is a success until other nations fear for their own industries and prohibit it. So the local folk decide to indulge in their favorite pastime - smuggling! When she legalizes it, all becomes even rosier, not only for the locals but for the romance blossoming between her and Tony.
94 mins, Technicolor, 1.33:1 / 4x3, 1952, Not Rated
Brian Desmond Hurst directs this portrayal of the Mau Mau movement and uprising during the period between 1950 and 1956, in Kenya. Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) returns to Kenya to visit his brother and with hope of rekindling a romance with Mary Crawford (Virginia McKenna), whose family owns and operates a farm close to his brother’s. Arriving at his brother’s farm, Alan discovers he has been brutally murdered by the Mau Mau. Howard has absolutely no compassion for the black population and decides to stay on, against all odds, to defy the uprising. Tensions grow between Mary and Alan, brought on by his prejudice toward the native doctor Karanja (Earl Cameron), whom he believes is the Mau Mau leader and responsible for his brother’s murder. It’s not until Dr. Karanja sacrifices his own life to save Alan and Mary that the real Mau Mau leader is revealed and Alan begins to understand that the black population, as a whole, is not responsible. Tense drama with graphic and gritty action scenes. Simba, based on true events, was nominated for 3 BAFTA awards and the coveted United Nations award.
100 mins, Eastman Color, 1.33:1 / 4x3, 1955, Not Rated