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  1. 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............. !!!"....
  2. I'm sure they did Dave.......and I think they showed it on that Plain, down in Spain too !lol
  3. 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.
  4. It doesn't seem possible, does it Ab ??? Where indeed did 45 years go ?? It seems like only yesterday that I first saw it at the Odeon. I can remember the front of house displays, the programme sellers,etc,etc. If you're a fan, you may like to treat yourself to the new 45th Anniversary "Sound of Music" Gift Box from Amazon. This is due out next month (in the USA) and as well as the movie on Blu-Ray, you also get a repro of the original Souvenir Brochure (which I still have anyway!), several doccumentaries, postcards, a full colour hard-back book and a musical box that plays "My Favourite Things" Go on - spoil yourself ! Just for the record, the other films showing in Sheffield that week were: "Darling" - at the A.B.C "What's New Pussycat?" - at the Gaumont ...and a double bill at the Classic By the way, next Sunday - October 10th is the 45th Anniversary of the Sheffield Premiere of the other big musical of that year - "My Fair Lady". It ran at the A.B.C. for 12 weeks, until January 1st, 1966. Everyone expected this movie to be the one that did the business that "Sound of Music" ended up doing, and Jack Warner was more than a little miffed when it didn't! It was still a big, popular hit though and made a lot of money for Warners. But 20th Century Fox made a whole heap more ! MY F L SH AD0001.bmp
  5. Liszt also played the Sheffield Gaumont - w/c January 15th, 1961. Only, this time, the critics were less than enthusiastic about this dreary, and rather silly biopic !
  6. S24

    Robin Hood ?

    The "something else" you're thinking of Dave is the awful cartoon version which the Disney organization released in 1973, long after the death of Uncle Walt. It was part of the long decline in quality of the Disney product, which wasn't halted until 1989 with the release of "The Little Mermaid", and after that - "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" . The Richard Todd Robin was re-issued several times, and returned to Sheffield later in the 50's, the 60's and 70's. It doesn't turn up on TV very often, but it is now available on DVD in the States.
  7. Hmmmm ! - alright for some eh ? I always had to pay ! I was in Leicester Square, the night of "Oliver!"'s World Premiere, at the Odeon - Thursday, September 26th, 1968. I didn't have tickets for that performance, but I did go the very next night. I remember that Princess Margaret and Tony Armstrong-Jones were the Royals in attendance. Also there were most of the film's cast : Ron Moody, Shani Wallace, Oliver Reed, Mark Lester, Jack Wild,etc, along with Lionel Bart himself, who came out looking as pleased as punch in his big, black fedora! Harold Wilson and Mary were there too, along with Douglas Fairbanks, Lulu .....and many others, who I can't quite remember right now, without looking them up !. I did see it again when it arrived at our Odeon in Sheffield. And, of course, I still have the ticket stubs ...........
  8. S24

    Robin Hood ?

    Well! Before Richard Greene ................. there was Richard Todd - in Walt Disney's excellent 1952 version of the story. For me, this is the next best screen version of "Robin Hood" after Flynn's, and still stands up very well today. The supporting cast are terriffic too, with James Hayter being a stand-out as Friar Tuck .......long before he took up with Mr. Kipling !
  9. Ah!...I see. So, it was a case of - "Who will buy my sweet red roses, Two blooms for a penny..." was it ? Although, even in 1968, two roses would have cost quite a bit more than a penny !
  10. Nice photo Ab. Was this taken in the foyer of the Odeon ? "Oliver!" was the last of the Odeon's "Epic" Road Show presentations. It opened on December 22nd, 1968 and ran there until March 8th, 1969......11 weeks in all. When the re-vamped, twinned Gaumonts opened in July, 1969, the two cinemas' roles were reversed - with the Gaumont taking the prestige, long run Road Shows, and the Odeon getting the run-of-the-mill, weekly stuff. Poor old Odeon ! Thirteen years loyal service and suddenly it's "move over, for the new kid on the block !"
  11. "Fry's Chocolate Cream" was the minty one in the blue wrapper -see 1960's jigsaw above. The fruity one was "Fry's 5 Center" - see 1950's jigsaw above. Both delicious !
  12. Whoahhhh!!!....what a mouth watering topic! So many memories of long lost favourites. If you want to obtain some more permament memories of your favourite sweety blasts from the past, you might like to tuck into one of these very tasty jigsaws. I bought a couple from the Jigsaw Shop in Meadowhall recently, and they are also available from John Lewis. A NUX bar anyone ? Enjoy !...........
  13. Ok funky. I look forward to hearing from you. I have some original London flyers for Cinerama that don't seem to be on that website. Gaumont 1 was a beautiful cinema, but I still prefer our ABC and the Odeon. Their 70mm presentation was always up there with the best of 'em ! I also never much cared for "Song of Norway", even though it comes in as Sheffield's joint fourth longest running film.
  14. Thanks for the photos AB. Not exactly an improvement on the originals, are they ?
  15. Is the ABC Princess still there in Blackpool, AB ? It's funny, isn't it ?....."Paint Your Wagon" was a huge hit here in the UK, even giving Lee Marvin a long running No 1 hit with "Wandrin' Star" , but it flopped in the States. There's just no accounting for taste !
  16. I'm glad that the Cinerama info was of interest to you funky. There was (and is!) always something special about Cinerama, wasn't there ? Sure you can mention my posting to Cinerama Topcities in America, Let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with. You may mail me direct if you wish to.
  17. Ah! ....I see. I often wondered why Studio 7 got to show such a big hit movie like this one, rather than the ABC. What was it ? ............... a case of a "New broom" thinking that they knew better than everyone else, and soon finding out that they didn't ! How many times have we seen that happen ? Studio 7 were laughing all the way to the bank anyway. "Paint Your Wagon" had a hugely successful eight week run there - from April 4th to May 29th, 1971. Was it really shown in 70mm there? I only saw it at the Astoria, in London, where it definitely was in 70mm, and I remember that the sound was absolutely fantastic.
  18. What was the big fallout between Paramount and ABC in the early '70's all about AB ???
  19. Thanks for telling us about that Blackpool clip Funky...very interesting - and nostalgic. I don't know if the ABC Blackpool ever did get a Cinerama size screen (I don't think it did ?), but the re-vamped Sheffield Gaumont 1 did, when it re-opened in July, 1969, with "Ice Station Zebra". Although billed as Cinerama, this movie ( and many other subsequent ones shown here ) were not made in real, three strip Cinerama, but single strip, 70mm prints. Still a very impressive image, but nowhere near as "all encompassing" as Cinerama proper. Sheffield did get real Cinerama - for three months at least - in the Spring of 1965. Early in 1964, a company named Itinerama set up a touring Cinerama theatre - on the lines of a large circus tent, and this appeared in major cities around the UK between April, 1964 and late 1967. It pitched up in Sheffield in February, 1965, on a site at the end of Devonshire Street, on what is today Devonshire Green. Four of the original five Cinerama feature films were shown - starting with "This is Cinerama", then "Cinerama Holiday", "Seven Wonders of the World" and finally "South Seas Adventure" - closing on the 9th May, 1965. (I don't know why they didn't have a print of the fourth one - "Search for Paradise" ?). It was the real mcCoy, with a gigantic curved screen and full 6 track stereophonic sound. It was just like a real cinema, with comfortable seats. We went three times, and, of course! ....I still have some of the ticket stubs. The Sheffield ticket stubs........ A flyer for the Leeds engagement, towards the end of the tour. By this time, you can see that they had aquired a print of "How the West Was Won" which, by now had finished it's original two and a half year run at the London Casino Cinerama.
  20. That's an interesting clip that I hadn't seen before. Looking at that clip, our ABC was much nicer than Preston's ....don't you think? They had a much better opener than us though. "The Reluctant Debutante" was (and is) a much better film than "Don't Bother to Knock" ! If you look at the ad for "Don't Bother to Knock", you can see that Richard Todd put his own money into it, for it's billed as a "RIchard Todd - Hailywood Production". Pity the finished product didn't turn out as well as he'd obviously intended it to be! I always liked him though, and he did turn out many fine films during his long career.
  21. I remember Reg Helley too, although i only ever met him as a customer. He was always friendly and always said hello when he saw regular faces coming in. He was a good showman too, and the theatre was always "well dressed" for those big occasions. It's such a shame that this beautiful theatre ended up in the hands of such a ruthless assett stripper !
  22. I'm glad they are of interest to you. Here are some pieces from the Star you might like, regarding the opening of Sheffield's ABC in May, 1961. I'm sorry the quality isn't better, but, it's the best i've got. It's a pity that they couldn't have found a more auspicious film than "Don't Bother to Knock" to open such a beautiful cinema with. I don't think it's been seen much since then, has it? I don't think it even turns up on Tv ??? "Ben-Hur" would have been a much better choice! Hope you can read them........
  23. Sure....I have loads. They are not all brilliant quality, but, nonetheless, a record of what played where. Any requests ? Here are a few Sheffield cinema landmarks:
  24. Well ! .....what do you know Dave ? I hadn't connected that date with the Great Sheffield Gale - but yes, you're right. That was the date. I wonder if Cliff and the Shads were windswept ? The ad for the concert was at the bottom of the page I have, and part of it is missing. But, here it is anyway.............
  25. Looks like I was wrong about "Taming of the Shrew", because that played at Studio 7 in Aug/ Sept, 1967. Maybe it was the other Zefferelli/Shakespeare - "Romeo & Juliet" ? I don't have the relevant info to hand right now. Anyhow, I saw the trailer for "Two a Penny" with something at Studio 7 - and, as that film had premiered in London on 20th June, 1968, it must have reached Sheffield sometime in August/Sept ? We've been decorating recently and i've been unable to get into the cupboard where a lot of my stuff is stored. However, I finally managed to get in there this afternoon and retrieved my files. So - i'm posting here the ads with relevance to Sheffield cinemas that I wanted to post earlier...... for some of the films we've been talking about in the threads above. By the way - something I noticed today whilst getting these ads.......... On Thursday, February 15th, 1962 - you could have gone to see "The Young Ones" at the ABC in the afternoon - and, in the evening, you could have gone to the City Hall to see Cliff and the Shads live in concert. How many of you did ?????? Held over for 3 weeks Held over for 4 weeks Held over for 3 weeks Cliff vs. The Beatles Held over for 3 weeks The return of Cliff.... London opening.....