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: Saturday Cinema: The Lemon Drop Kid

Starring Bob Hope
with Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan

Damon Runyon's gallery of shady New York characters provides an ideal setting for Bob Hope - in the title role as a third-rate tipster who has to find $10,000 before Christmas Day, or face the wrath of gang leader Moose Moran.
With the aid of his Broadway accomplices the Kid puts an audacious plan into action and becomes his own Santa Claus!
(Philip Jenkinson: page 9)


Producer: Robert A. Welch
Director: Sidney Lanfield
The Lemon Drop Kid: Bob Hope
Brainy Baxter: Marilyn Maxwell
Oxford Charlie: Lloyd Nolan
Nellie Thursday: Jane Darwell
Moose Moran: Fred Clark
Straight Flush: Jay C Flippen

: Closedown

: Great Zoos of the World: 3: Antwerp, Belgium

A grand tour of some of the world's outstanding zoos with Anthony Smith

A zoo that's looking to the future One hundred and twenty-six years ago a zoo in a park on the outskirts of a Continental seaport began to exhibit, to an often incredulous public, strange beasts and creatures from foreign lands, including some from Belgium's African territories.
Today that same zoo is in the centre of Antwerp alongside the city's main square, dominated by the railway station, overshadowed by the loss of an Empire -yet Antwerp is becoming a modern zoo in an old place with an up-to-date Dolphinarium and a distinguished animal breeding record.
(from Bristol)


Presenter: Anthony Smith
Producer: Peter Bale
Series Editor: Nicholas Crocker

: The Philpott File: The File on The Guerilla Fighters of the M4

A series of film reports by Trevor Philpott

In the basic motorway network of Britain, planned in the 1950s, one vital artery is still missing - the London/South Wales motorway, the M4. With luck it may be completed in 1971, over six years late. Seventy-two miles of open country between the Severn Bridge and Maidenhead became the most bitterly contested strip of land in the history of motorway building.

What kind of people are they who fought the engineers, the industrialists, the Ministry of Transport? How do they defeat so much power and expertise again and again. Were they heroes or villains-'the guerilla fighters of the M4'?


Presenter: Trevor Philpott
Producer: Peter Robinson
Director: Randal Beattie

: Summer Review

A repeat of the best work done in Review during the past season.

How to Stage Fights
William Hobbs is Fight Director of the National Theatre. He has won acclaim for his thrilling skirmishes in Zeffirelli's stage production of Romeo and Juliet, for fights in the National's Othello, in the stage musical The Four Musketeers, and the film HMS Defiant. Review finds out how Hobbs makes his clashes look authentic without cutting the cast to ribbons. To show how his technique differs from the famous duels of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, he has produced for Review a new version of the Romeo fight.

The Original Peter
is an entertainment for television devised by Mike Westbrook and John Fox.
The Mike Westbrook Concert Band and singer Norma Winstone are the focal point of a mass of activity - sword-swallowers, wrestlers, athletes, tattooists, and other less easily identifiable characters, all performing simultaneously in the studio.

(Engraving by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum)


Subject (How to Stage Fights): William Hobbs
Director (How to Stage Fights): Julian Cooper
Devised by (The Original Peter): Mike Westbrook
Devised by (The Original Peter): John Fox
Musicians (The Original Peter): The Mike Westbrook Concert Band
Singer (The Original Peter): Norma Winstone
Director (The Original Peter): Tony Staveacre
Producer: Peter Adam
Producer: Darrol Blake
Editor: James Mossman

: Gardeners' World

On the last of three visits to his own garden Percy Thrower deals with work in the greenhouse - seed sowing and growing geraniums and fuchsias from cuttings.


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf
Director: Richard Fawkes

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: These Men Are Dangerous: 1: Mussolini

by Jean Benedetti

The year: 1909. Mussolini is 21. He has been arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to deportation... but powerful forces are working on his side.


Writer: Jean Benedetti
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: Oliver Bayldon
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Mark Cullingham
Benito Mussolini: John Castle
Police Officer: Oscar Quitak
Andrea: Christopher Timothy
Old German: Gordon Gostelow
Doctor: Arthur Pentelow
Photographer: John Roden
Warder: Leon Lissek
Guard: Norman Mitchell
Spy: Oliver Cotton

: The Val Doonican Show

Starring Val Doonican in the final show of the current series
with Jimmy Tarbuck, Marian Davies

The Gillian Lynne Dancers
The Adam Singers
Directed by Cliff Adams


Singer/Presenter/Special material: Val Doonican
Comedian: Jimmy Tarbuck
Singer: Marian Davies
Dancers: The Gillian Lynne Dancers
Singers: The Adam Singers
Singers directed by: Cliff Adams
Orchestra directed by/Orchestrations: Ken Thorne
Orchestra leader: Alec Firman
Special Material: Ronnie Taylor
Choreography: Gillian Lynne
Design: Brian Tregidden
Producer: Terry Hughes

: Midnight Movie: Body and Soul

Starring John Garfield, Lilli Palmer with Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere

A boxer trapped by his unscrupulous promoter tries to weigh the importance of fame and fortune against his principles of fair play. John Garfield gives a realistic portrayal as the tough prizefighter whose search for success leads to total disillusionment.
(Philip Jenkinson: page 9)


Screenplay: Abraham Polonsky
Director: Robert Rossen
Producer: Bob Roberts
Charley Davis: John Garfield
Peg Born: Lilli Palmer
Alice: Hazel Brooks
Anna Davis: Anne Revere
Quinn: William Conrad
Shorty Polaski: Joseph Pevney

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