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Ealing Studios Boxset 4

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC
Home Ent. Release Date:  15 Oct 2006
Cert:   -


WHISKY GALORE! (1949) Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, which sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year. Running Time: 82 mins CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE (1944) Champagne Charlie is an affectionate behind the scenes look at the colourful life and characters in the music halls of 1860s Victorian England directed by Ealing regular Alberto Cavalcanti (Nicholas Nickleby, Went the Day Well?). When word leaks out that the music halls are going to be closed down because of their boisterous and unruly reputation, two rivals join forces in a desperate attempt to save the hall from closure. Running Time: 107 mins THE MAGGIE (1953) Also directed by Alexander Mackendrick is the well-crafted and heart warming comedy The Maggie. Beautifully photographed on location in Scotland, the film tells the story of a skipper who tricks a wealthy American into entrusting him to ship valuable cargo on a dilapidated old puffer boat called The Maggie. The American tycoon realises his mistake and tries to straighten it out, but he is up against the scheming crew of the Maggie who are determined to outwit the American and keep the contract. A thoroughly delightful comedy about the clash of the modern world with antiquated ways of life, The Maggie is one of Ealing Studio’s forgotten treasures and a must-see for fans of the genre. Running time: 92 mins IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY (1947) Another break away from Ealing’s predominantly comedic output, It Always Rains on Sunday moves into the terrain of serious drama. Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets), It Always Rains on Sunday stars Googie Withers as Rose Sandigate, a Bethnal Green housewife whose Sunday is turned upside down by the re-appearance of an old flame who is now an escaped convict seeking protection from the police. A detailed glimpse into life in London’s East End post WWII, It Always Rains on Sunday was Googie Wither’s last film for Ealing Studios and, due to her wonderful performance as a woman trapped in a claustrophobic domesticity, it remains one of her best. Running time: 92 mins

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