Today in Cinema

1964: Released in UK cinemas, From the Earth to the Moon [ YouTube Channel] is a 1958 American Technicolor science fiction film, produced by Benedict Bogeaus, directed by Byron Haskin, that stars Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, and Debra Paget. The film originated at RKO Pictures, but when RKO went into bankruptcy it was released by Warner Brothers. From the Earth to the Moon is the only film adaptation of the Jules Verne science fiction novel of the same name.

The Sound of Music [20th Century Fox YouTube channel] was released today in UK cinemas.  It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 and sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. After bringing love and music into the lives of the family through kindness and patience, she marries the officer and together with the children they find a way to survive the loss of their homeland through courage and faith.

1966: British comedy duo Morecambe & Wise returned to UK cinemas in That Riviera Touch [Trailers Galore! YouTube Channel]. The film also features Alexandra Bastedo and Francis Matthews.

After Eric Simpson (Morecambe) nearly gives the Queen a parking ticket, he and Ernest Clark (Wise) decide to take a holiday in the south of France. However, when they arrive there, they become unwittingly involved in a jewel theft when the thief Le Pirate (Paul Stassino) decides to use them to smuggle some precious jewels out of the country. He sends the two Englishmen to a sinister villa and sends the beautiful Claudette (Suzanne Lloyd), a member of his criminal gang, to keep Eric and Ernie occupied while he carries out the various stages of his plan. Confusion ensues however, as the two battle for the affections of Claudette and Eric accidentally wins a large sum of money at a casino. Eventually Eric and Ernie start to get suspicious and begin to investigate…

Morons_From_Outer_Space-19851985: British comedy duo Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones appeared in UK cinemas in Morons from Outer Space [Video Detective YouTube Channel], a comedy/science fiction film directed by Mike Hodges.  It also stars Joanne Pearce, Jimmy Nail, and James B. Sikking.

A small spaceship docks with a refueling station. On board are  four aliens, Bernard (Smith), Sandra (Pearce), Desmond (Nail), and Julian (Paul Bown). During their stay at the station, three of them begin playing with the ship’s controls while Bernard is outside playing spaceball. Accidentally disconnecting his part of the ship, Bernard is left stranded while they crash into a large blue planet close by (Earth).

The aliens become instant celebrities on arrival, despite being able to bring no great revelation or technical ability to the people of Earth. They find a manager (Jones) and become wealthy more or less overnight. Meanwhile, Bernard arrives on Earth. Despite being by far the most intelligent of the group, Bernard is not afforded any celebrity, and condemned to vagrancy and a brief stint in mental hospital before reuniting with his fellow travellers near the end of the film. The others, fearing that the introduction of Bernard would lessen their popularity and celebrity, fail to mention that they had originally been travelling with a fourth.



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