As seen on Talking Pictures TV

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Films shown on UK TV channel Talking Pictures TV

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1. Anne of the Indies (1951)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 1,103

2. Another Man's Poison (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A mystery writer becomes involved in a tangled web of murderous deception not unlike the plots of her novels.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel

Votes: 2,053

Bette Davis in classic scenery chewing mode in this British 'b' movie.

3. As Young as You Feel (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy

A 65-year-old printer hatches an elaborate scheme to avoid forced retirement.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Monty Woolley, Thelma Ritter, David Wayne, Jean Peters

Votes: 986

Amiable comedy very much of its day.

4. Belle Starr (1941)

Approved | 87 min | Western

At the end of the Civil War, an embittered Southern belle joins forces with a Confederate guerrilla leader to raid Union towns.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Shepperd Strudwick

Votes: 676

5. The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Romance

An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer

Votes: 1,655

6. Radio Pirates (1935)

89 min | Musical

A music composer, disheartened by the failure of BBC radio to play any of his compositions, decides to set up his own pirate radio station.

Director: Ivar Campbell | Stars: Leslie French, Mary Lawson, Warren Jenkins, Enid Stamp-Taylor

Votes: 35

Shown as BIG BEN CALLING Only of interest for an early appearance of a 15-year-old Hughie Green doing impersonations of Mae West and Maurice Chevalier

7. The Black Rose (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,686

Rip-roaring adventure yarn

8. The Broken Horseshoe (1953)

79 min | Crime

A hit and run victim is operated on by Dr. Fenton (Robert Beatty) the victim is later murdered and the doctor is involved

Director: Martyn C. Webster | Stars: Robert Beatty, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter Coke, Hugh Kelly

Votes: 73

Based on a Francis Durbridge TV serial, it is interesting for featuring Peter Coke, best known for playing Durbridge's best known creation Paul Temple.

9. The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 4,087

Michael Redgrave’s stagey performance won him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. 18-year-old Brian Smith is much more natural as the schoolboy Taplow.

10. Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Approved | 82 min | Thriller

Clever fortune-hunter Edward Bare (Sir Dirk Bogarde), with a penchant for murder, does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife, and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh, Kathleen Harrison

Votes: 1,183

Margaret Lockwood on top form opposite a psychotic Dirk Bogarde

11. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

Votes: 4,380

Perhaps Clifton Webb is unlikely casting as a father of twelve children, but he gives a charming performance, with Myrna Loy once more the perfect wife.

12. Dance Hall (1950)

Approved | 80 min | Drama

Episodic tale of four factory girls and their various romances at the local dance hall.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Natasha Parry, Jane Hylton, Diana Dors, Petula Clark

Votes: 147

Diana Dors is under used as usual, and Petula Clark is saddled with an almost unplayable part, but it's a film that has its moments.

13. Dancing with Crime (1947)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A London cab driver gets mixed up with a criminal gang and sets out to expose the group and its leader for what they are.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Barry K. Barnes, Sheila Sim, Garry Marsh

Votes: 182

Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim are an unlikely pair of crime fighters in the above average British thriller.

14. Demobbed (1944)

96 min | Comedy

Demobbed from the army Nat, Norman and Dan get new jobs, solve a crime and stage a concert party.

Director: John E. Blakeley | Stars: Norman Evans, Nat Jackley, Dan Young, Betty Jumel

Votes: 38

Completely daft and mostly unfunny comedy from Mancunian studios.

15. Dentist on the Job (1961)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy

The marketing department of a pharmaceutical company decides to find a dentist to endorse it's brand of toothpaste.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Bob Monkhouse, Kenneth Connor, Ronnie Stevens, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 212

Dismal comedy despite the efforts of Eric Barker and Shirley Eaton.

16. Double Bunk (1961)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

When newlyweds Jack and Peggy face eviction, they are tricked into buying a rundown houseboat. After rebuilding the engine, they take their friends Sid and Sandra on a trip down the river ... See full summary »

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Sidney James, Liz Fraser

Votes: 265

Broad comedy with very few laughs.

17. Dry Rot (1956)

87 min | Comedy

A trio of not particularly bright bookmakers tries to fix a horse race.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ronald Shiner, Brian Rix, Sidney James, Peggy Mount

Votes: 141

18. Hideout in the Alps (1936)

75 min | Crime, Drama

A forger returns to his family when he leaves jail vowing to go straight. Although approached by an international counterfeiting gang he keeps his word only to find his nephew is in the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Ronald Squire, Jane Baxter, Anthony Bushell, Arthur Macrae

Votes: 71

19. The Fallen Idol (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Metascore

A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey

Votes: 7,262 | Gross: $0.34M

Ralph Richardson’s bad-tempered wife, Sonia Dresdel, falls to her death, but was she pushed or was it an accident. All the players shine in this well-made Carol Reed directed drama.

20. She Played with Fire (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama

An insurance investigator runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is still as beautiful as he remembered her, but is now married. He soon finds himself involved in arson, blackmail, and murder.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Violet Farebrother

Votes: 381

There’s not much chemistry between Arlene Dahl and Jack Hawkins in this fast paced thriller.

21. Gasbags (1941)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Comedy

The Crazy gang invade Nazi Germany !! They accidentally pilot a balloon over enemy territory.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox

Votes: 139

Dated comedy starring The Crazy Gang.

22. The Gay Dog (1954)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

Jim Gay loves his racing greyhound but, out of town, he finds a dog with a better chance to win. His friends bet on his dog while he bets against.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Wilfred Pickles, Petula Clark, Megs Jenkins, John Blythe

Votes: 99

Weak comedy with lacklustre cast.

23. Golden Salamander (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée, Herbert Lom, Walter Rilla

Votes: 471

Tedius adventure yarn set in North Africa.

24. The Ghost Train (1941)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

High jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill

Votes: 1,275

Arthur Ridley's hoary old play is given another screen outing, this time with an irritating turn from comedian Arthur Askey.

25. The Halfway House (1944)

78 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of travellers, all with something to hide in their past, take shelter from a storm in an old inn. The inn-keeper seems a little mysterious...

Directors: Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Tom Walls, Françoise Rosay

Votes: 536

Slow moving drama about a group of troubled people staying at an inn run by a ghostly father and daughter.

26. Inn for Trouble (1960)

90 min | Comedy

A London couple apply to run a country inn and discover that someone doesn't want them to make a success of it.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Shaun O'Riordan, Peggy Mount, Ronan O'Casey, David Kossoff

Votes: 150

Abysmal comedy based on Peggy Mount’s TV hit series “The Larkins”.

27. Intent to Kill (1958)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A British doctor working in a Canadian hospital, has to assist in a delicate brain operation on a South American President, who is in hiding from a gang of assassins.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Richard Todd, Betsy Drake, Herbert Lom, Warren Stevens

Votes: 198

28. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

92 min | Crime, Drama

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum, Edward Chapman

Votes: 1,323 | Gross: $0.01M

Googie Withers is on top form as a ex barmaid, trapped inside a conventional marriage, who sees her chance of escape through aiding an ex-boyfriend, who is now a convict on the run.

29. Kiss the Bride Goodbye (1945)

89 min | Comedy, Romance

Joan's (Patricia Medina) mother wants her to marry her pompous boss although she loves a soldier (Jimmy Handley).

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Patricia Medina, Jimmy Hanley, Marie Lohr, Frederick Leister

Votes: 38

This is an engaging comedy, with the stunningly beautiful Patricia Medina, an early appearance from Jean Simmons, and comedy great Irene Handl. Well worth a watch

30. Ladies Who Do (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

The "Ladies Who Do" are office cleaners. One of them discovers some hot stock tips and they make a fortune. They then make good use of it to save their old neighbourhoods from the wicked developer.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Peggy Mount, Robert Morley, Harry H. Corbett, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 318

31. The Last Man to Hang (1956)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama

Sir Roderick Strood is on trial for the murder of his wife.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Tom Conway, Elizabeth Sellars, Eunice Gayson, Freda Jackson

Votes: 81

32. The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,466

An uneven script from Bryan Forbes, but polished performances from Jack Hawkins and Nigel Patrick.

33. The Long Dark Hall (1951)

86 min | Crime, Drama

A devoted family man tries to help a beautiful alcoholic showgirl with her life, and becomes the only suspect when someone else murders her.

Directors: Reginald Beck, Anthony Bushell | Stars: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Tania Heald, Henrietta Barry

Votes: 333

Badly acted drama.

34. The Love Match (1955)

85 min | Comedy

Two football-loving railway workers get into trouble after racing their engine home to get to a match on time.

Director: David Paltenghi | Stars: Arthur Askey, Glenn Melvyn, Thora Hird, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 101

No film with Arthur Askey can be all good, but this one has the advantage of a co-starring role for Thora Hird, a charming performance of Shirley Eaton and the daft comedy of Danny Ross.

35. Love Me Tender (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton

Votes: 3,382 | Gross: $4.50M

36. Lulu Belle (1948)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Lulu Belle is singing in a cheap dive in Natchez, Mississippi in the early 1900's when she meets rising young attorney George Davis. He gives up his fiancée and career to marry Lulu Bell. ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, George Montgomery, Albert Dekker, Otto Kruger

Votes: 106

37. Lunch Hour (1963)

64 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship.

Director: James Hill | Stars: Shirley Anne Field, Robert Stephens, Kay Walsh, Hazel Hughes

Votes: 152

38. The Party's Over (1965)

94 min | Drama

An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Oliver Reed, Clifford David, Ann Lynn, Katherine Woodville

Votes: 534

39. No Place for Jennifer (1950)

89 min | Drama

Distraught when her parents divorce, nine-year-old Jennifer becomes increasingly neurotic and is sent to a center for maladjusted children.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Leo Genn, Rosamund John, Beatrice Campbell, Guy Middleton

Votes: 64

Confident performance from Janette Scott in her first leading role.

40. Penny Gold (1973)

87 min | Drama, Thriller

While investigating a murder case, a detective stumbles upon a rare-stamp swindle involving the victim's twin sister.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: James Booth, Francesca Annis, Nicky Henson, Joss Ackland

Votes: 158

41. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 3,427

Charles Laughton’s outrageously over the top performance, earned him an Oscar as Best Actor.

42. The Rainbow Jacket (1954)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Sport

A champion jockey is banned from racing so spends his time helping a young lad to become the next champion.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Robert Morley, Kay Walsh, Edward Underdown, Fella Edmonds

Votes: 84

An engaging performance from Fella Edmonds in his only starring role.

43. Notorious Gentleman (1945)

110 min | Drama, Romance

Vivian Kenway (Sir Rex Harrison), a young Englishman from an aristocratic background, flunks out of Oxford, and decides to use his considerable charm to achieve his goal of, apparently, ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Godfrey Tearle, Griffith Jones

Votes: 266

44. Panic in the Parlor (1956)

81 min | Comedy

Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton, Ronald Lewis, Cyril Smith

Votes: 321

Classic Peggy Mount star vehicle.

45. Shampoo (1975)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant

Votes: 9,981 | Gross: $49.41M

Seen by some as a classic, by others as a misogynistic home movie.

46. Strongroom (1962)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama