with Allan Jones
An early, typical MGM vehicle for
Judy in which she plays the talented young daughter of a madcap theatrical family. They and their servants, played by none other than
Fanny Brice and Allan Jones , decide to mount a Broadway show with young Judy as the star. So what s to stop them?
Screenplay by FLORENCE RYERSON and EDGAR ALLAN WOOLF from their story Produced by HARRY RAPF
Directed by EDWIN L MARIN
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Madame Le Brouchette:
by Professor Leonard Maunder
The Royal Institution's 154th Annual
Christmas Lectures for Young People.
A six-part series on why and how things move, especially machines. 3: Vibration
We speak and hear by the vibrations of air as sound waves, but to engineers vibration can be dangerously destructive. As machines grow in size and power, their designers have to assess and counter their tendency to self-destruction.
(Fourth programme: tomorrow 3 30)
with Joan Fontaine
Sensitive society girl Lina McLaidlaw marries popular man-about-town Johnnie Aysgarth. At first they are happy, but when she discovers he is an embezzler and perhaps a murderer she begins to fear for her own life...
This was the first of four films which Grant made with Hitchcock and it provided him with one of his finest roles. Equally memorable is Joan Fontaine who won an Academy Award for her performance as Lina.
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Based on the book "Before the Fact" by:
'From a very early age, perhaps the age of 5 or 6, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer ...One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.'
George Orwell is one of the greatest writers England has produced. Tonight and for the next four nights Arena presents a unique full-scale portrait of this remarkable man, filmed in the places where he lived and worked and told in his own words and the words of those who knew him.
The first programme traces Orwell upbringing in a sedate middle-class home near Henley, his horrific experiences at preparatory school, his years at Eton and as a military policeman in Burma - and closes with his sudden and dramatic emergence as a writer with Down and Out in London and Paris, a book drawn from his experiences among vagrants, tramps and outcasts. Among those appearing are Jacintha Buddicon, Sir John Grotrion, Malcolm Muggeridge, Cyril Connolly and Professor Bernard Crick.
An Arena production
with subtitles, followed by Weather
The feature film starring
Burt Lancaster , Deborah Kerr Gene Hackman
A roving trio of sky-divers arrive at a small mid-western town. This dramatic story centres around the relationship between the men and the love affair between their leader,
Mike Rettig and the lovely Elizabeth Brandon.
Screenplay by WILLIAM HANLEY based on the novel by JAMES DROUGHT Produced by EDWARD LEWIS
Directed by JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Christmas Films: page 15
V John Brandon:
by Jacques Offenbach
English translation by Alexander Faris and Christopher Renshaw
Offenbach's popular comic opera poking fun at Greek mythology in a new staging for television by Christopher Renshaw.
When Emperor Napoleon III falls asleep during a Royal Command performance, amazing things happen in his dreams....
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by Alexander Faris
AMBROSIAN OPERA CHORUS chorus-master JOHN MCCARTHY
A Brent Walker/BBCtv co-production Choreographed by TERRY GILBERT Costumes by JENNY BEAVAN Designed by JOHN stoij.
Executive producer GEORGE WALKER Producer JUDITH DE PAUL Director DEREK BAILEY
with John Humphrys Weather
At the Hotel Casablanca, the last three managers have each died suddenly and mysteriously. When the Brothers arrive to take over, order soon collapses into Marxian anarchy when they discover some hidden Nazi loot and reduce the Teutonic Count Pfefferman to a state of gibbering panic.
Screenplay by Joseph FIELDS and ROLAND KIBBEE
Directed by ARCIIIE MAYO
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