Jun 2: UK No 1s this day in music history

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UK Singles Chart [links to YouTube (quality cannot be guaranteed) or Spotify]

60 years ago: Andy Williams – “Butterfly“

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm

50 years ago: The Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden

45 years ago: T Rex – Metal Guru

40 years ago: Rod Stewart – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest

35 years ago: Madness – “House Of Fun

Whitney_Houston_-_I_Wanna_Dance_with_Somebody30 years ago: Whitney Houston – “I Wanna To Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

25 years ago: KWS – Please Don’t Go/Game Boy“

Hanson-mmmbop20 years ago: Hanson – “Mmm Bop

UK Albums Chart [links to Spotify]

55 years ago: Elvis Presley – “G.I. Blues (OST)

50 years ago: Rolling Stones – “Aftermath

RamMcCartneyalbumcover45 years ago: Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram

40 years ago: Abba – “Greatest Hits

35 years ago: Star Sound – “Stars On 45

30 years ago: Peter Gabriel – “So

25 years ago: Seal – “Seal

20 years ago: George Michael – “Older

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BBC TV televises coronation of the Queen

Over 20 million people around the world watched as the BBC set up their biggest ever outside broadcast to provide live coverage of the coronation on radio and television. Street parties were held throughout the UK as people crowded round neighbours’ sets to watch television for the first time. The broadcast was made in 44 languages.

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The event was also filmed in colour, separately from the BBC’s black and white television broadcast.

Watch a documentary on the coverage on the aussiebeachut0 YouTube Channel.

June 2, 1989 – In UK cinemas: Warlock and Child’s Play

“HE’S COME FROM THE PAST TO DESTROY THE FUTURE”

Warlock-1989Warlock is an American cult supernatural horror film produced and directed by Steve Miner and starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. It was written by David Twohy with a soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith. The story concerns an evil 17th century warlock who flees to the 20th century pursued by a witch-hunter.

The Warlock (Sands) is taken captive in 1691 by the witch-hunter Giles Redferne (Grant). He is sentenced to death for his activities, including the bewitching of Redferne’s bride-to-be; but, before the execution, Satan appears and propels the Warlock forward in time to 20th century Los Angeles, California. Redferne follows through the portal.

The Warlock attempts to assemble The Grand Grimoire, a Satanic book that will revealCinema-UK-06-02-1989a the “true” name of God. Redferne and The Warlock then embark on a cat-and-mouse chase with the Grand Grimoire and Kassandra (Singer), a waitress who encounters Giles attempting to use a witch compass to track the Warlock. Explaining some basic rules of the Warlock, such as their weakness to purified salt, Kassandra follows Giles after seeing the compass work and, knowing the warlock stole her bracelet, putting an aging spell on her.

The Warlock assembles two-thirds of the Grimoire; and Giles is stunned to learn that the last portion is buried in his grave, buried in church lands under the cursed sign of a witch. The Warlock appears and starts a ritual to assemble the Grimoire. After seeing the name of God appear on the book, The Warlock is about to call it out and unmake existence when Kassandra injects him with salt water, and he bursts into flame. Redferne returns to his own time. In the epilogue, Kassandra is seen burying the Grimoire in the Great Salt Flats. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the LionsgateVOD YouTube Channel.

“When most people have nightmares they dream of Freddie. When Freddie has nightmares he dreams of Chucky. You’ll wish it was only make believe.”

Childs_Play-1989Child’s Play is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed by Tom Holland and written by Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia. It is the first film in the Child’s Play franchise and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. It stars Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif. Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives her son a doll for his birthday, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of an infamous serial killer.

The film grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million. AlongCinema-UK-06-02-1989b with the film gaining a cult following, the box office success spawned a franchise consisting of five sequels, along with merchandise and comic books. Child’s Play was the only film in the series released by MGM/UA, as the rights to the series were sold to Universal Studios in 1990, right before production on Child’s Play 2 started. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 2, 1950: Rocketship X-M

“The screen’s FIRST story of man’s conquest of space!”

Rocketship_X-M-1950Rocketship X-M (a.k.a. Expedition Moon and originally Rocketship Expedition Moon) is an American black-and-white science fiction film from Lippert Pictures, the first outer space adventure of the post-World War II era. The film was produced and directed by Kurt Neumann and stars Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., Hugh O’Brian, and Morris Ankrum.

Rocketship X-M tells the story of a Moon expedition that, through a series of unforeseen events, winds up traveling instead to distant Mars. Once on the planet, its crew discovers the remnants of a Martian civilization destroyed long ago by atomic war and now reverted to barbarism. [Wikipedia]Cinema-US-06-02-1950

Watch the trailer on the TrashTrailers YouTube Channel.

June 2, 1955: Son Of Sinbad

“AN ARMY OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AGAINST AN ARMY OF VIOLENT MEN!”

Son_Of_Sinbad-1955Son of Sinbad is an American film directed by Ted Tetzlaff. The movie takes place in the Middle East and consists of a wide variety of characters including over 127 women.

Initially, the film was shot in 1953 and planned to be released in 3D. Because of difficulties with the Motion Picture Production Code, studio mogul Howard Hughes shelved the film until 1955, when it was converted to the Tushinsky SuperScope process, in 2-D (flat). It is Vincent Price‘s fourth and final 3-D film.

Dale Robertson (as Sinbad) co-stars with Sally Forrest and Price, as well as Lili St. Cyr, a well-known stripteaser of the 1950s. [Wikipedia]Cinema-US-06-02-1955

Legendary pirate and adventurer Sinbad is in single-minded pursuit of two things: beautiful women and a substance called Greek Fire–an early version of gunpowder. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the captainbijou.com YouTube Channel.

June 2, 1995 – In UK cinemas: Six Degrees Of Separation

“For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world.”

Six_Degrees_Of_Separation-1995Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Fred Schepisi, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Guare play of the same name.

The plot of the film was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man and robber who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. The writer John Guare was a friend of Inger McCabe Elliott and her husband Osborn Elliott. In October 1983, Hampton came to the Elliott’s New York apartment and they allowed him to spend the night. The next morning, Inger found Hampton in bed with another man and later called the police. The Elliotts told Guare about the story and it inspired him to write the play years later.

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Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.