June 16, 1950 in US cinemas: Spencer Tracy is ‘Father Of The Bride’

“The Bride gets the THRILLS! Father gets the BILLS!”

Father_Of_the_Bride-1950Father of the Bride is an American comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. The movie stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, and Leo G. Carroll. It was adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter. Father of the Bride was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay. [Wikipedia]

Kay Banks (Taylor) announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Taylor). Her parents, Stanley and Ellie Banks (Tracy and Bennett), are concerned because they haven’t met him and Kay seems to be rushing into marriage… [IMDB]Cinema-US-06-16-1950

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June 16, 1976 in US cinemas: Silent Movie

“IN GLORIOUS PHONIC SOUND”

Silent_Movie-1976Silent Movie is an American satirical comedy film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks, and released by 20th Century Fox. The ensemble cast includes Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman, Bernadette Peters, and Sid Caesar, with appearances by Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau, and Paul Newman playing themselves. While indeed silent (except for one word, music, and numerous sound effects), the film is a parody of the silent film genre, particularly the slapstick comedies of Charlie Chaplin, Mack Sennett, and Buster Keaton. Among the film’s most famous gags is the fact that the only audible word in the film is spoken by Marcel Marceau, a noted mime. Sound is a big factor in the film’s humour, as when a scene that shows the New York City skyline begins with the song “San Francisco”, only to have it come to a sudden stop as if the musicians realize they are playing the wrong music. They then go into “I’ll Take Manhattan” instead. A play on the current trend of large corporations buying up film studios is parodied by the attempt of the Engulf and Devour Corporation to take control of a studio (a thinly veiled reference to Gulf+Western’s takeover of Paramount Pictures). [Wikipedia]

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Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio’s creditors attempt to thwart them. The film contains only one word of dialogue, spoken by an unlikely source. [IMDB]

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June 16, 1983 in Doctor Who: Castrovalva novelisation published

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Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Fifth Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate.

But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquility the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master.

Only an act of supreme self-sacrifice will enable them to escape the maniacal lunacy of the renegade Time Lord.

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June 16, 1958 in UK cinemas: Christopher Lee in ‘Dracula’

“The TERRIFYING Lover – who died – yet lived!”

Dracula-1958Dracula is a Technicolor British horror film directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. The first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by Dracula, the film stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, and Melissa Stribling. In the United States, the film was retitled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the earlier Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, and the film was released in the U.S. in 1958 on a double bill with the Universal film The Thing That Couldn’t Die. [Wikipedia]Cinema-UK-06-16-1958

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June 16, 1970 in UK cinemas: Doctor In Trouble

“It’s HIGH HILARITY when that well-known “DOCTOR TEAM” makes a maiden voyage…and almost makes out with every maiden aboard – and overboard!”

Doctor_in_Trouble-1970Doctor in Trouble is a British comedy film, the seventh and last film in the Doctor series. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and stars Leslie Phillips as a doctor who gets accidentally trapped on an outgoing cruise ship while it begins a round the world trip. The cast was rounded out by a number of British comedy actors including James Robertson Justice, Harry Secombe and Angela Scoular. It was based on the story Doctor on Toast by Richard Gordon.

Renowned surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt (Robertson Justice) arranges a cruise for his patient, the famous television star Basil Beauchamp (Simon Dee). The captain of the ship is Lancelot Spratt’s brother (Robert Morley).

Doctor Burke (Phillips) becomes a stowaway by mistake when chasing his girlfriend Cinema-UK-06-16-1970(Scoular) onto the ship to propose to her. She is one of a group of models doing a fashion shoot with camp photographer (Graham Chapman). Other passengers aboard ship include pools winner Llewellyn Wendover (Secombe) and Mrs. Dailey (Irene Handl), a socially ambitious lady hoping to find a wealthy match for her daughter Dawn (Janet Mahoney).

Burke is pursued by the Master-at-Arms (Freddie Jones) who correctly suspects that he does not have a ticket. Burke tries various ruses to try to escape him, including dressing up as a doctor. Eventually he is caught and exposed as a stowaway. Captain Spratt orders him to serve as an orderly, scrubbing the ship.

When the ship’s doctor falls ill from a tropical disease, Burke takes over his duties. He is called into action when a Soviet cargo ship sends a request for help due to a patient with acute appendicitis. Burke is transferred to that ship to perform an operation. By the time he has finished his own ship has departed, and he is forced to stay on board the Soviet vessel until it reaches Grimsby. When the cruise ship finally returns to port, Burke learns his girlfriend has married the ship’s doctor, now recovered from his illness.

Cinema-UK-06-16-1970aMeanwhile Dawn Dailey, having failed to snare Captain Spratt, decides to marry Wendover. She learns after the wedding that he is not as wealthy as she had imagined. [Wikipedia]

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June 16, 1978 in UK cinemas: The Shout

“A film of intense perversity – the madness of the mind.”

The-Shout-1978The Shout is a British horror film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, based on a short story by Robert Graves that was adapted for the screen by Michael Austin. The film was the first to be produced by Jeremy Thomas under his Recorded Picture Company banner.

Crossley (Alan Bates), a mysterious travelling man who invades the lives of a young couple, Rachel and Anthony Field (Susannah York and John Hurt). Anthony is a composer, who experiments with sound effects and various electronic sources in his secluded Devon studio. The couple provides hospitality to Crossley, but his intentions are gradually revealed as more sinister. He claims he has learned from an Aboriginal shaman how to produce a “terror shout” that can kill anyone who hears it unprotected. [Wikipedia]Cinema-UK-06-16-1978

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June 16, 1949 in UK cinemas: Whisky Galore!

“A HIGHLAND FLING ON A TIGHT LITTLE ISLAND”

MCDTILI EC004Whisky Galore! is a British comedy film produced by Ealing Studios starring Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson. It was the directorial debut of Alexander Mackendrick; the screenplay was by Compton MacKenzie, based on his 1947 novel Whisky Galore. The story – based on a true event – concerns a shipwreck off a fictional Scottish island, the inhabitants of which have run out of whisky; the islanders find out the ship is carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, which they salvage, against the opposition of the local Customs and Excise men.

Like others of the Ealing comedies, Whisky Galore! explores the actions of a small insular group facing and overcoming a more powerful opponent. It was filmed on the island of Barra; the weather was so poor that the production over-ran its 10-week schedule by five weeks, and the film went £20,000 over budget. The initial cut of the film was considered poor by Michael Balcon, the head of the studio, so one of Ealing’s directors, Charles Crichton, added additional footage and re-edited the film prior to its release.

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Whisky Galore! was well-received on its release. It came out in the same year as Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets, leading to 1949 being remembered as one of the peak years of the Ealing comedies. In the US, where Whisky Galore! was renamed Tight Little Island, the film became the first from Ealing Studios to achieve box office success. It was followed by a sequel, Rockets Galore!. [Wikipedia]

June 16, 1995 in UK cinemas: Martin Lawrence & Will Smith are ‘Bad Boys’

Whatcha gonna do?”

Bad_Boys-1995Bad Boys is a 1995 American buddy cop action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two narcotic Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey. The first in the Bad Boys franchise, the film was followed by a sequel, Bad Boys II (2003). [Wikipedia]

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Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies’ man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station’s nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. [IMDB]

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June 16, 1989 in UK cinemas: Hellbound – Hellraiser II

“TIME TO PLAY”

Hellbound_Hellraiser_II-1988Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 British-American body horror film directed by Tony Randel and starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham and Doug Bradley. The film is the second entry in the Hellraiser saga and draws heavily upon (and was made by much of the same cast and crew as) its precursor, Hellraiser. Clive Barker, who wrote and directed the previous film, wrote the story and was the sequel’s executive producer. [Wikipedia]

After having her father and perverse stepmother killed by the cenobites, Kirsty Cotton is sent to a psychiatric hospital. Even after trying to convince the authorities of what really happened with her family, nobody believes in her version of the history and they decide to place her in the institute, so that she rests and relaxes a little bit. The hospital is commanded by a brilliant and strange psychiatrist, Dr. Channard, who has been looking for the key for another dimension for a long time. The only person who believes in Kirsty is a young and kind assistant of Dr. Channard, calledCinema-UK-06-16-1989 Kyle MacRae. Following Kirsty’s version of the story, Channard put his hands on the bloodstained mattress where her stepmother Júlia died, Channard decides to resurrect her, killing his patients and offering them as food for Júlia. She returns without skin, and she decides to help Channard to bring the forces of the evil, but the plans of the two will be disturbed by Kirsty, who wants to end at once with the cenobites, and for Kyle, who doesn’t want to see Kirsty being hurt… [IMDB]

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