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  1. And 'Here we go round the Mulberry Bush' which I saw in Sheffield probably in 1968. I don't remember anything about it, but the title track and the image of Judy Geeson in a yellow mini skirt still gets my pulse racing.

    "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. Wife informs me they had a whole range of soft drinks of the era like Vimto, Orangeade, Cream Soda and Sasparilla. Several of these drinks were made into ice lollies during a hot summers day when they would be very popular, - and they were very cheap.

    Also, they sold their drinks in "childrens portions" for a penny (1d). This was the same drinks but served in a potted meat jar instead of a glass to give the smaller quantity. The potted meat jars came from the Southerlands factory which was also at Darnall.

    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 am prepared to be wrong... s24, you could be right, the bus stop where the bus is waiting definitely looks as if it corresponds with the bus stop on the photo of the old Burtons.

    As I said earlier, it's certainly within a hundred yards of the buildings mentioned.

    (What threw me was the Waring and Gillow building, I thought it was as old as C&A Modes, It didn't occur to me it was much later)

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .

  8. I can remember going to see The Cat From Outer Space and Moonraker there...and falling asleep after the first 10 minutes of them both.

    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.

  9. A couple of empty seats where really shaking during it. When it stopped there was a big sigh of relief from the audince :mellow:

    Also saw Jaws the first time there! I knew it was coming the head scene, being told by someone who had seen it, where it gives Hooper a shock, but it still gave me a shock and I banged my knee on the back of the seat in front :blink:

    They also had a special showing of the first 3 Star Trek movies, we enjoyed them, but all anybody was saying was about their sore bums when we left! Cinema seats who ever designed them wasn't a cinema goer :(

    I also remember a logo on the front of the movies shown there, never seen it since though. It was CIC standing for Cinema International Corporation. Was it something to do with just the ABC, or if not what was it?

    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.

  10. Yes I saw it there too! They put a warning notice up after somebody died whilst watching the film, in another part of the world, not at the ABC.

    I have the film on DVD, and with a Home Theater System you can get a vibration effect with it by turning up the volume of the subwoofer. It's still present in the transfer! B)

    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.

  11. The "Song of the South", - now there's a rare classic Disney film.

    Currently the film is almost unavailable and is never likely to be shown on TV due to its "political incorrectness" on race. It's a childrens film (Brere fox and Brere rabbit, Uncle Reamus...) but has been branded for broadcast and showing in the same category as "The Black and White Minstrel Show"

    What is particularly interesting about this film, made in 1958 (I think) is the scene in which Uncle Reamus sings the song "Zip a dee doo dah". At one time it was always being shown. Interesting because it combines live action (Uncle Reamus) with cartoon animation (birds and insects) and, in true Disney cartoon quality, the two interact almost magically as though they were one, as the birds and insects fly around Uncle Reamus's head, land on his hat, even on his finger. Sheer brilliance!!! Who did they manage to do that???

    A recent TV documentary would have you believe that the first use of live action interacting with animated cartoon characters was in "Mary Poppins", and cites the scene in which wee pipe Van Dyke dances with a load of cartoon penguins. This was made 6 years after Song of the South and it's effect could easily have been achieved by rear projection or bluescreening as although wee pipe van Dyke dances in time with the penguins the 2 never make contact with each other and appear independent of each other.

    It is not even in the same leage of quality as Song of the South.

    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 :

  12. I am familiar with the Ventures version but not John Barrys.

    From my knowledge of John Barry's music and the names of his groups, - "The John Barry 7" and "The John Barry Orchestra" I can imagine it would be more of a "Jazz" version.

    You can listen to J.B.'s version on this "You Tube" link ...................


    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..................


  13. 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!

  14. Point taken,

    But I see that like me, even after years of not seeing the film you can quote whole sections of it (particularly lyrics from the songs)

    Doesn't that just show how powerfully memorable these films are.

    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 !

  15. To me "My Fair Lady" was an excellent film with an absolutely fantastic set of songs in it but was spoilt by a very sudden and inconclusive ending.

    I'm suprised that they would try to remake it these days as Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) as well as being a pompous old snob was also the most sexist character I have seen portrayed in film.

    "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"

    What an attitude :o

    ..and who want a woman to be more like a man when the woman in question was the absolutely gorgeous Audrey Hepburn! B)

    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............. !!!"....

  16. Hi S24

    You beat me to it. My next posting was going to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the opening of 'My Fair Lady' at the ABC Cinema,Angel Street,Sheffield.

    I remember going to see it there on December 27th 1965 (Matinee) I had already seen 'The Sound Of Music' in August 1965 at The Brighton Regent on a wet afternoon and fell in love with it. I subsequently saw it many times at the Sheffield Odeon then in Doncaster,Rotherham,London,the Gaumont in Sheffield (after twinning) at least twice,Mexborough (my local at the time) and elsewhere as when I was a cinema manager with ABC, it seemed to turn up with regularity at holiday times so I would sneak in to watch my favourite bits.(things!) I have spent many holidays in and around Salzburg so have seen the original locations many times - I not only fell in love with the film but also the country of Austria. The new DVD sounds like a 'must have'. I too have both the original British film brochure and the American one which is a slightly expanded version. In 1976 I went to the London Palladium to see Julie Andrews live in concert and it still remains my most magical evening in the theatre.

    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.