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  1. "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" 's first run in Sheffield was at Studio 7, w/c 28th April, 1968. It played for a week. We went on the Sunday, and I remember that the quad poster for it was unusual. Barry Evan's face was REAL silver ! I don't remember much about the movie either, except for the title song, which was by Traffic. The Spencer Davis Group also played in the movie.
  2. Good grief !....i'd totally forgotten about those potted meat jars, but now you've mentioned them, I DO remember them. They must have cost just a few coppers, so we kids could afford to buy more. I wish we could go back there, now and again.
  3. I used to love this cafe. My childhood memories of it, in the '50's, are that it always used to smell of Vimto. They made their own Vimto ice lollies too.
  4. Yes, the bus stop does correspond with the later photo, as does the fall of the road on both sides. And......look at the street lamp standards. They are the same.
  5. Unless it's the Burtons building actually being demolished ????? I wonder if they were able to re-use some of the original framework? It looks like it was a very solidly built structure, able to stand there for , at least, another 21 years after it was bombed.
  6. I think it's the new Peter Robinson shop going up, on the site of the bombed out Burtons building. I remember the ruined building was still there on the corner of Angel Street and High Street up to the early sixties. It was replaced by the new Peter Robinson building, which later became Waring & Gillow's furniture shop.
  7. We've had our current Sheffield phone number since 1959, and it's always had six digits. That is, until the 2 was added, in later years.
  8. Do we have any photos of "The Duke of Darnall" ? I vaguely remember him as a kid, but I can't quite picture him any more.
  9. Could it be something to do with making room for the frame of a CinemaScope screen ?
  10. Looking at that last, 1954 map, it must have been cleared soon after this, to make way for the playing fields for the Acres Hill -Littledale School. It is still a green space today, and a bowling green was built there, later on - now dis-used. I don't ever remember seeing a farm there when I was young, so it must have disappeared around 1954....when I was 6. I was always up and down Prince of Wales Road back then, because my Grandma lived at the bottom of it, just under the railway bridge. I do remember the farm, and the corn fields that stood where the Parkway Market is today, and there was a stream running through that area too. We used to race boats on it. You could walk over the fields from our house on Manor Park, down past that stream and the back of Acres Hill school, and it brought you out where the Dog Track used to stand, at the top of Poole Road, by the back of Cravens. You then cut through a gas lit tunnel under Darnall station, turned right, and followed the path down to the railway bridge at the bottom of Prince. There was a wooden, style-type gate to let you out.
  11. It certainly does sound like Stirrings, Dave. This marvellous show first opened at the Playhouse in 1968. Billed as - An Entertainment about Sheffield, it was an enormous success and was revived a couple of times. The last time I saw it was at The Crucible, not long after that theatre opened. It was a comedy/drama/musical and was great fun. It's high time this great show was revived. I still have the programme, and here it is: As you can see, amongst the excellent Playhouse company at that time was David Bradley - who for these many years has been the creepy caretaker at Hogwarts - Argus Filch .
  12. I'm with you on that one Arch......."Moonraker" is definitely the worst Bond film ever. Ironically, it's one of the best, and my favourite of the Bond books - which are all better than the movies anyway ! The film does however have one of the loveliest theme songs of the series, warbled by Shirl on her third time out in the Bond movies. I've still never caught up with the ***** cat though.
  13. CIC was a distribution company set up by Paramount and Universal in 1970, to distribute their movies outside the USA. ( It was something to do with the Anti-Trust laws ? ) MGM also joined this outfit in 1973. When MGM bought out United Artists in 1981, there was a fall-out with the parent company as UA already had it's own distribution unit. CIC was therefore re-organised and became UIP ( United International Pictures ) . As ABC was the main exhibitor of Paramount, Universal and MGM's movies in this country, that is why you saw the CIC logo so often back then.
  14. I too saw "Earthquake" at the ABC, in Sensurround and it really did work ....adding a whole new dimension to the movie. Watching the movie on TV today though, it looks as dated as most things from the 70's do ! The other two Sensurround movies were also shown at our ABC. Firstly - "Rollercoaster", which worked very well. You really did feel as if you were on those (doomed) rides. Secondly - "Midway" , which didn't work, because all we had were booming guns on battleships. Sensurround added nothing to the experience.
  15. Well, Dave! "Song of the South" is even older than you think. It was first released in 1947, and the song "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" actually won the Best Song Oscar for that year. The animation is wonderful, and very clever....as is wee pipe Van Dyke's dance with the penguins, 17 years later. However, this was far from Uncle Walt's first venture into mixing live action with animation. Way back in 1923, Disney made a short film called "Alice's Wonderland" ( in black & white, of course! ), which featured a live Alice in an animated Wonderland. Primitive by his later standards maybe, but successful enough to spawn a series of over 50 further Alice shorts, even before Mickey Mouse came along ! Some of these have been issued on DVD in the States. There seems to be a growing clamour for the studio to issue this lovely, and totally inoffensive film on DVD. Let's hope it happens! As for the PC Brigade ?............Well, I would gladly throw the whole lot of them into the briar patch !!! This artwork was used for the 1980 re-issue of the film :
  16. Is it possible that the bricks in the square on the back wall had to be taken out , in order to install the large projectors ? Would they tally with the position of the projection room ????
  17. You can listen to J.B.'s version on this "You Tube" link ................... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn1GArGX8PY&feature=fvw Also on there is another, very familiar piece - written and performed by John Barry, which was heard in Britain's living rooms every Saturday night for many, many years.................. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_2lqnTuxjg&feature=related
  18. The information that I posted earlier about Cinerama in Sheffield is in the - "Films with Longest Runs in Sheffield " thread, on Page: 4, about 3/4 of the way down. http://www.sheffield...pic=6091&st=120
  19. I had an email from English heritage today, telling me that the Secretary of State has turned down the application to have the Castle Market designated a listed building. That's good news as it now means that the Sheffield Castle remains might finally be uncovered as a tourist attraction. Here's hoping!
  20. It does indeed Dave. I guess "My Fair Lady" has the best book of any musical, because Alan Jay Lerner did such a good job of keeping much of Shaw's dialogue from the original, and yet actually managed to improve it by the addition of those memorable lyrics.........and, of course, not forgetting Fritz Lowe's beautiful music. He did such a good job in fact that - when you watch "Pygmalion" today, all the song cues are there, but no one sings. It's most frustrating !
  21. Well Dave !......I think the ending of "My Fair Lady" is not inconclusive........just as Shaw's original ("Pygmalion") is not. The audience can think what they like, and make up their own ending, just as they see fit. If they think that Eliza and Higgins are going to live happilly ever after....fine. If (like Shaw), they realise that this can never be, because of the social mores of the time, and Higgins' being so happy with his lot.....fine. "Pygmalion" ends with the scene at Higgins' mother's house, where Eliza walks out on him saying: "Goodbye Professor Higgins, I shall nor be seeing you again". Higgins is left alone, chuckling and telling himself that she will be back.....not for a romantic purpose, but, just to continue the game they have been playing......which would suit Higgins perfectly. After all....he's grown accustomed to her face! Shaw later wrote an epilogue to his play, in which Eliza actually marries Freddy......who is basically nice, but an upper class twit! They open a flower shop, but it does not do well, and Eliza finally determines to set herself up as a teacher of phonetics, much to Higgins' dismay. Again, you can work out for yourself how they all end up. I always rather liked old Higgins. I guess because there is a lot of him in me. He can't be doing with the PC brigade, He does like women - to an extent, but the total lack of logic drives him to distraction! Like Higgins, i'm a man ...."Who prefers to spend the eveings in the silence of his room. Who likes an atmosphere as restful as an undiscovered tomb" BUT...."let a woman in your life............. !!!"....
  22. I'm sure they did Dave.......and I think they showed it on that Plain, down in Spain too !lol
  23. Sorry I pinched your next posting Ab...... we went to see "My Fair Lady" at the first opportunity - Sunday, 10th October,1965. After all, we had been waiting eight years to see it. The original Broadway cast LP had been played many times in our house since the show opened in 1956. Indeed, I don't think there were many households in the Western World that didn't have a copy of that album! We weren't disappointed. Loved the film then, and still do. I don't think I shall be bothering with the projected remake...do you? I was lucky enough to see Julie Andrews in the late 80's. This was at the Royal Festival Hall, where she did a Christmas concert with Andre Previn and the LSO. They did most of the stuff from their RCA Christmas album and it was magical. She still had her voice then, and was in great form.
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