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lullaby on broadway

LULLABY OF BROADWAY

USA : 89mins : 1951 : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by David Butler

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Friday 27th May : 1pm : 5

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LULLABY OF BROADWAY

This wonderful Technicolor musical stars the effervescent Doris Day and the equally energetic Gene Nelson. The story concerns a stage musical star who comes to see her mother in New York, formerly a star but now reduced to performing in a sleazy nightclub, and the machinations of the star’s friends, who try and keep her mother’s demise a secret. The plot is more substantial than in many a Hollywood musical, but the main attraction, of course, is the songs (including ‘You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me’ and ‘Zing went the Strings of my Heart’) and the dancing. A thoroughly enjoyable film!

Lullaby On Broadway Strip

 


Dick Barton at Bay

DICK BARTON AT BAY

UK : 68mins : 1950 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Godfrey Grayson

Royal View Suite
Friday 27th May : 1pm : 5

 

DICK BARTON AT BAY

Based on the hugely popular radio play, which ran from 1946 to 1951, Dick Barton: Special Agent was a great success, and produced two sequels, Dick Barton Strikes Back and this afternoon’s thrilling entry. All three starred our own, Westcliff-born, Don Stannard, as the ex-commando who, with sidekicks Jock and Snowy, and catchphrase “with one bound he was free!”, solved all manner of crimes. In this film our heroes have to find a kidnapped professor and deactivate a death ray before World War III is declared. Great fun – who can forget that memorable theme tune – and do look out for a pre-Avengers Patrick Macnee as a government agent.

Dick BArton At Bay Strip

 


shall we dance

SHALL WE DANCE

USA : 104mins : 1937 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Mark Sandrich

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Friday 27th May : 3.30pm : 5

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SHALL WE DANCE

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers once again romp through familiar romantic entanglements and a string of toetapping dance routines. Petrov, a Russian ballet dancer, and musical comedy star Linda Keene are thrust into a marriage of convenience - and she wants the shotgun wedding to be followed by an even quicker divorce! For their seventh outing the matchless George and Ira Gershwin provided a superb score, including ‘They All Laughed’, ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, and the Oscar-nominated ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. It’s so good you’ll believe Fred really is Russian!

Shall we dance strip

 


murder ahoy

MURDER AHOY

UK : 93mins : 1964 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by George Pollock

Royal View Suite
Friday 27th May : 3.30pm : 5

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MURDER AHOY

After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned. Naturally, our favourite female sleuth starts an investigation – but after she arrives on board someone starts murdering the ship’s officers… The sublime Margaret Rutherford was born to play Agatha Christie’s famous amateur detective. Aided and abetted by real-life husband Stringer Davis (here as “Jim Stringer”), and to the eternal exasperation of Charles Tingwell’s Inspector Craddock, she crosses verbal swords with the likes of William Mervyn, Nicholas Parsons, Miles Malleson, Derek Nimmo and Francis Matthews. Great fun!

Murder ahoy strip

 


never too young to rock

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO ROCK

UK : 96mins : 1975 : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Dennis Abey

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Friday 27th May : 6pm : 5

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NEVER TOO YOUNG TO ROCK

This zany, madcap, long unavailable gem was made at the high point of glam rock in 1975. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the driving, feel-good sounds of the era’s top pop combos in their pomp. Featuring a fabulous line-up, including Mud, The Rubettes and The Glitter Band, this provides aural nostalgia at its most intense. Don’t worry too much about the linking story, about a ‘talent detector’ van scouring the country, though it does star Peter Denyer and Freddie Jones, just enjoy this glittery little time capsule – and check out those fashions: did we ever really dress like that?!

Never too young to rock strip

 


la strada

 

LA STRADA

Italy : 108mins : 1954 : BW : Subtitles : Certificate ‘12’
Directed by Federico Fellini

Royal View Suite
Friday 27th May : 6pm : 5

LA STRADA

One of the most beloved films of all time, this unique and beautiful Oscar-winning Fellini classic tells the story of a young woman who is sold to a travelling strong man by her poor mother, desperate for money for food. At first attracted to Zampano, with her own dreams of becoming an artist, Gelsomina soon realises that he is nothing more than a drunkard and a brute. But getting away from him is not so easy. Anthony Quinn infuses Zampano with surprising dignity, being oblivious to the results of his actions. But it is Giulietta Masina, with her round clown’s face and wide, innocent eyes, who steals the film as the waiflike Gelsomina. A masterpiece.

La Strada Strip

 


Essex Disco Fever

ESSEX DISCO FEVER

UK
: 90mins : 2016 : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Keith Bonsor
 

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Friday 27th May : 8.30pm : 5

ESSEX DISCO FEVER

We are delighted to present the World Premiere of this nostalgic look at those wonderful disco nights when crazy hairstyles and funky music were all the rage. Previously unseen footage, the only film known to survive, will take you back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, and to local venues such as Time, Tots, Zero 6, Rain, Sweeneys, Perfect Virtue, Adlib and Dukes. Also features exclusive interviews with DJs Dick de Vigne, Ian Reading, Jeff Saint and Ken Todd. And who knows, you may even see yourself!

The screening will be introduced by music writer and DJ Daryl Easlea, who will host a post-screening Q&A with director/producer/DJ Keith Bonsor, DJ Ian Reading and DJ/nightclub owner Dick de Vigne

After the Q&A, ticket holders are cordially invited to a special ‘Essex Disco Fever Party’ at Grosvenor Casino

 


force majeure

 

FORCE MAJEURE

Sweden/France/Norway/Denmark : 122mins : 2015 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’
Directed by Ruben Ostlund

Royal View Suite
Friday 27th May : 8.30pm : 5

FORCE MAJEURE

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. Everything is perfect, but then an avalanche threatens to turn everything upside down. The mother calls for her husband as she tries to protect their children, but he is running for his life... Although the disaster fails to occur, the family’s world has been shaken to its core. As their marriage hangs in the balance the father struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. This powerful and complex film, which has been shown to families suffering extreme trauma, leaves us wondering just how we would react in such a situation.

Force Majeure Strip

 


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