Sunday, 10 December 2017

An Afternoon Down Memory Lane with Valerie Leon

The lovely Valerie Leon will be giving a talk about her life and career at the Phoenix Artist Club next April! The ever glamourous icon of the 70s, Valerie  made her West End debut in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand.

During her career Valerie has been associated with three British cult film series, two Bond films, six Carry Ons and a dual starring role in a Hammer Horror. We know Valerie best for her Carry On roles which began with small parts in Up the Khyber and Camping before progressing to larger roles as Deirdre in Again Doctor opposite Jim Dale and Leda in the 1969 classic, Carry On Up The Jungle. Valerie returned to the Carry Ons in the 1970s for roles in Matron as glamorous movie star Jane Darling and as Patricia/Paula Potter in Carry On Girls. She also popped up in the 1972 Carry On Christmas special on television, Carry On Stuffing (!)

Valerie has worked with Michael Caine, and taken whipping lessons to prepare for her role as Tanya the Lotus Eater in Revenge of The Pink Panther with Peter Sellers!

This presentation is about her life and work during the golden age of film and television and is illustrated with vintage material from her association with some of the 70s classics.

Encore Magazine:

"Valerie gave us an insight into her long and varied career....and we realised why she still tops the bill as one of the UK's most glamourous and articulate thespians."

After the performance Valerie will be taking part in a paid signing and meet and greet with the audience.

You can buy tickets for the show here 
Valerie Leon will be at the Phoenix Artist Club in London's West End on 7 April 2018 with the show beginning at 2.30pm.

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Carry On Campaigning: Help Save the Cinema Museum!



The old Lambeth Workhouse where Charlie Chaplin spent some of his childhood has been home to The Cinema Museum for 19 years.

Despite numerous attempts to buy the building over the years and promises in writing from SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) that they would sell it to the Museum for a fair and independent price, they are now planning to sell at speed to the highest bidder, telling them The Cinema Museum’s lease expires in March 2018, implying that we can be easily evicted.

The Museum has never asked SLaM for charity – its prepared to pay a fair price to secure its home and its future so why does SLaM keep refusing to do that? The Cinema Museum is willing to work with potential developers to find a solution that provides affordable housing without destroying cinema heritage, our Museum and our important community-wellbeing work.

What SLaM may be forgetting is that the Museum is entirely run by volunteers at no cost to the public purse and it has a committed following – proven when the Museum recently won the Time Out Love London award.

We call on Dr Matthew Patrick and the board of SLaM, to keep their promise, be fair to the Museum who have provided vital community services (as well as housing the countries most significant collection of cinema memorabilia) and agree to work with us to find a solution that guarantees not just their sale profits, but also our sustainable future.



You can sign the petition, and I urge you to do so by following this link


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Carry On Blogging Christmas Advent: 10 December

Today the Carry On Blogging Christmas Advent brings you a lovely video clip from the 1972 Carry On Christmas Thames Television special, Carry On Stuffing. Yes, quite. Although not the best bit of festive telly you're ever likely to see this is still worth a watch.

With Sid James and Terry Scott both absent from the 1972 special, Charles Hawtrey had, some would say quite rightly, expected to take top billing for this episode. The decision was made to give it to Hattie Jacques instead and unfortunately, this was the last straw for Charles and he never featured alongside the Carry On team again.

Despite this, the cast still features Hattie, Joan, Barbara, Peter and Kenneth Connor with support from Brian Oulton, Norman Rossington, Valerie Leon and Jack Douglas.



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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Carrying On this Christmas Day on ITV3!


ITV3 are once again allowing the Carry On team to gatecrash their Christmas television schedule! So if you are looking for something to tickle your fancy on Christmas Day this year, there are wall to wall Carry Ons throughout the day, starting at 6.55am and running through until midnight! I'd be exhausted watching all that lot!

Anyway, the all important running order is as follows:

6.55am - Carry On Cowboy 


Carry On Cowboy is the eleventh in the series to be made. It was released in 1965, and was the first film to feature series regulars Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw. Series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale and Joan Sims all feature, and Angela Douglas makes the first of her four appearances in the series.

8.50am - Carry On Don't Lose Your Head


Don't Lose Your Head is the thirteenth in the series to be made. It features regular team members Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Peter Butterworth, Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale. French actress Dany Robin makes her only Carry on appearance in Don't Lose Your Head. It was released in 1966. Set in France and England in 1789 during the French Revolution it is a parody of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The first Carry On to be produced by the Rank Organisation, Don't Lose Your Head was not conceived as a part of the series and was first released without the Carry On prefix. However the ongoing popularity of the series persuaded Rank to add the prefix to this and the following film, Follow That Camel, when they were re-released.

10.45am - Carry On Follow That Camel


Follow That Camel is the fourteenth in the series to be made, released in 1967. Like its predecessor Don't Lose Your Head, it does not have the words "Carry On" in its original title (although for screenings outside the United Kingdom it was known as Carry On In The Legion, and is alternatively titled Carry On ... Follow That Camel). It parodies the much-filmed 1924 book Beau Geste, and other French Foreign Legion films. This film was producer Peter Rogers' attempt to break into the American market; Phil Silvers (in his only Carry On) is heavily featured in a Bilko-esque role. He appears alongside Carry On regulars Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Peter Butterworth, Bernard Bresslaw, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims. Angela Douglas makes the third of her four Carry On appearances. Anita Harris makes the first of her two Carry On appearances.


12.40pm - Carry On Doctor


Released in 1967, It is the second in the series to have a medical theme. Frankie Howerd makes the first of his two appearances in the film series and stars alongside regulars Jim Dale, Sid James, Peter Butterworth, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Bernard Bresslaw. Hattie Jacques returns for the first time since Carry On Cabby four years earlier, while Barbara Windsor returns after her debut in Carry On Spying three years earlier. Carry On Doctor marked Anita Harris's second and final appearance in the series.


2.40pm - Carry On Up The Khyber


Carry On Up the Khyber is a British comedy and the sixteenth in the series to be made, released in 1968. It stars Carry On regulars Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth and Charles Hawtrey. Roy Castle makes his only Carry On appearance in the romantic male lead part usually played by Jim Dale. Terry Scott returned to the series after his minor role in the first film of the series, Carry On Sergeant a decade earlier. The film is, in part, a spoof movies and television series about life in the British Raj both contemporary and from earlier, Hollywood, periods.

4.30pm - Carry On Camping


Camping, made in the Autumn of 1968, features series regulars Sid James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams and Peter Butterworth. Sid Boggle (Sid James) and his friend Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw) are partners in a plumbing business. They take their girlfriends, prudish Joan Fussey (Joan Sims) and meek Anthea Meeks (Dilys Laye), to the cinema to see a film about a nudist camp called Paradise. Sid has the idea of the foursome holidaying there, reasoning that in that environment their heretofore chaste girlfriends will relax their strict moral standards. Sid easily gains Bernie's co-operation in the scheme, which they attempt to keep secret from the girls.

6.20pm - Carry On Again Doctor


Carry On Again Doctor is the eighteenth in the series to be made. It was released in 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme. The film features series regulars Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Hattie Jacques, Sid James, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor. This was Jim's last Carry On appearance for 23 years until his return in Carry On Columbus.

8.05pm - Carry On Up The Jungle


Carry On Up the Jungle is the nineteenth in the series to be made, released in 1970. The film marked Frankie Howerd;s second and final appearance in the series. He stars alongside regular players Joan Sims, Sid James, Terry Scott, Bernard Bresslaw and Charles Hawtrey. Kenneth Connor returns to the series for the first time since Carry On Cleo six years earlier and would now feature in almost every entry up to Emmannuelle  in 1978. Jacki Piper makes the first of her four appearances in the series. This movie is a send-up of the classic Tarzan films.

10.00pm - Carry On Loving


Carry On Loving is the twentieth in the series to be made, and was released in 1970. It features series regulars Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey and Bernard Bresslaw alongside newcomers Richard O'Callaghan (in his first Carry On) and Imogen Hassall (in her only Carry On role). The dialogue veers toward open bawdiness rather than the evasive innuendo characteristic of the earlier films in the series. 

11.50pm - Carry On Henry  


Carry On Henry is the 21st in the series of Carry On films to be made and was released in 1971. It tells a fictionalised story involving Sid James as Henry VIII, who chases after Barbara Windsor's character Bettina. James and Windsor feature alongside other regulars Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor. This was the first time that Williams and Connor appeared together since Carry On Cleo seven years previously. The original alternative title was to be Anne of a Thousand Lays, a pun on the Richard Burton film Anne of a Thousand Days, and Sid wears exactly the same cloak that Burton wore in that film. 

I hope you manage to catch some of these wonderful classics during Christmas Day! I'll blog more details on any other Carry Ons showing over the festive period as soon as I get the details.

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Carry On Blogging Christmas Advent: 9 December

 

And so, once again December is upon us. I'll be bringing you a daily dose of festive Carry On cheer each day on the lead up to the 25th. 

So every day I will bring you another cracking Carry On photo with a festive theme. They will probably all be rather naughty, but hopefully all quite nice. 

Following yesterday's trip to panto land, I've decided to continue on a similar theme with today's festive photo. Along with the likes of Terry Scott and Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth was a legendary pantomime dame. This pivotal panto role demands huge energy, charisma and comedic timing and regular Carry On scene stealer Peter B was one of the best! A natural comedy actor, his appearance in the 1969 Carry On Christmas television special showed just how excellent Peter was at turning his hand to a bit of outrageous panto drag! 

What a Carry On at Christmas! 



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Friday, 8 December 2017

Joan joins Ronnie for an Odd Job


Joan Sims wrote very fondly of the great Ronnie Barker in her autobiography, High Spirits. The pair worked together several times during the 1970s, with Joan even guesting in the infamous Two Ronnies sketch, The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town! It's clear Joan admired Ronnie's gift for comedy acting and writing and they shared a terrific sense of humour, as can be found in Joan's legendary Tit Boxes, a rather unusual present from Mr B!

Anyway, in early 1971 Joan co-starred with Ronnie in an episode of his television comedy series, Six Dates with Barker. Each episode was its own individual comedy playlet, as it were. The LWT series, rarely heard of today, also featured Ronnie's close friend and regular co-star David Jason. Joan's episode, broadcast in January '71 is called The Odd Job.

Ronnie plays Arthur Harriman, a rather boring suburban middle aged man lacking in imagination. Joan is his wife, Kitty, who having had more than enough of Arthur, packs her suitcase and leaves him telling him in no uncertain terms to drop dead! In comes David Jason as odd job man Clive. Arthur decides to end it all, but when faced with the grim task, he can't go through with it. So he asks Jason's Clive to do it for him. Of course, being a comedy show from the 1970s all does not go to plan, particularly when Arthur and Kitty are reunited and Clive really doesn't take the hint.

Despite Ronnie's star status, this half hour is really a showcase for the blossoming young talent of David Jason. Joan, although smashing as always, is given another nagging middle aged wife to play and while she does it admirably, I wish she'd been given something a little more challenging to do.

Anyway, it's a rarely seen blast from the past and you can view it here:


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Carry On Blogging Christmas Advent: 8 December



And so, once again December is upon us. I'll be bringing you a daily dose of festive Carry On cheer each day on the lead up to the 25th. 

So every day I will bring you another cracking Carry On photo with a festive theme. They will probably all be rather naughty, but hopefully all quite nice.

Here's a very special Carry On Christmas image for you today. The delightful Angela Douglas is looking very festive in this promotional shot from the 1960s! I think this photo must have been taken around the time of Carry On Cowboy, Angela's first Carry On with the gang.

Angela is a fans favourite who starred in four classic Carry Ons in the mid 1960s. I think this photo would make a perfect Christmas card! 

What a Carry On at Christmas! 



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