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: Saturday Cinema: The Story of Seabiscuit

Starring Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald

From the moment racehorse trainer Shawn O'Hara sets eyes on Seabiscuit he is convinced he is on to a winner. His faith in the backward colt is rewarded when Seabiscuit becomes a champion.
(This Week's Films: page 11)


Director: David Butler
Margaret O'Hara: Shirley Temple
Shawn O'Hara: Barry Fitzgerald
Ted Knowles: Lon McCallister
Mrs C.S. Howard: Rosemary Decamp

: Closedown

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: Trials of Life: 2: Treble Chance

A series about human beings selecting human beings: narrated and produced by Roger Mills

This is the story of the voice trials for Salisbury Cathedral Choir. There were three vacancies - and 13 small boys came to sing for their supper...


Narrator/Producer: Roger Mills

: The Search for the Nile: 3: The Secret Fountains

by Derek Marlowe
A second chance to see Kenneth Haigh and John Quentin

Narrated by James Mason

(Shown last Wednesday. Part 4, The Great Debate: Wednesday 9.20 pm)


Writer: Derek Marlowe
Narrator: James Mason
[Actor]: Kenneth Haigh
[Actor]: John Quentin

: Wide World of Entertainment: 1: Moscow State Circus

On their first visit for 11 years, 40 stars of Russian circus thrilled their British audience. Oleg Popov, their famous clown, talks about the circus, and introduces the star acts
Juggling: Oskal Ool travels his troupe on a diplomatic passport
Ladder Work: Vardo Benyaminov skill and balance on a ladder
Rope Acrobat: Valentina Surkova - the grace and movement of a ballet star 40 feet above the ring.
Cossacks: Great horsemanship from this world-famous act
Tightrope: Vladimir Volzhaksky one of the greatest names in circus
(The Moscow State Circus appeared by arrangement with Victor Hochhauser Ltd)


Presenter/Artistic Director: Oleg Popov
Juggler: Oskal Ool
Balancing act: Vardo Benyaminov
Rope Acrobat: Valentina Surkova
Riders: Cossacks
Tightrope walker: Vladimir Volzhaksky
Commentator: Michael Flanders
Television Presentation: Alan Mouncer

: Eyeless in Gaza: 4: All is best, though we oft doubt

by Aldous Huxley
A second chance to see this dramatisation in five parts by Robin Chapman
starring Ian Richardson

Anthony and Mark have returned from Mexico. Anthony has decided to join Dr Miller in his 'People for Peace' movement; Helen has joined the Communist Party and is living with Ekki.


Author: Aldous Huxley
Dramatised by: Robin Chapman
Anthony Beavis: Ian Richardson

: Film Night

Sheridan Morley talks to David Hemmings, star of "Unman, Wittering and Zigo".
Two young film-makers, Tony Klinger and Michael Litvak, explain how they made their controversial documentary feature "Extremes".
Philip Jenkinson shows scenes from vintage horror films.



Interviewer: Sheridan Morley
Interviewee: David Hemmings
Interviewee: Tony Klinger
Interviewee: Michael Litvak
Presenter: Philip Jenkinson
Producer: Barry Brown
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Midnight Movie: Cry Wolf

Starring Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck
with Geraldine Brooks, Richard Basehart

When Sandra Demarest, a young widow, comes to the country home of her late husband Jim to claim his estate, she becomes involved in a mysterious chain of events culminating in the death of her sister-in-law. She begins to wonder if Jim is really dead...
(This Week's Films: page 11)


Director: Peter Godfrey
Mark Caldwell: Errol Flynn
Sandra: Barbara Stanwyck
Julie: Geraldine Brooks
James Demarest: Richard Basehart
Senator Caldwell: Jerome Cowan
Jackson Laidell: John Ridgley

: Closedown

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