Film Review… The Nanny

Joey Fane is coming back from two years in an institution, he is only ten years old and full of hatred for his supposedly loving nanny. He was sent away due to believed part in his sister’s death and because he refuses to eat or sleep. At first he seems extremely paranoid why would this mild mannered, devoted lady (play by the legendary Bette Davis) want to harm anybody?

But odd things are happening around the house and surely the balme can’t lie entirely at the feet of a ten year old?

This is another film from my beloved silver screen from 1965 and by the amazing Hammer Studios, a company that although went bust a number of years ago has since been bought by a European company who plan to release more films.

There was great acting here throughout particularly by William Dix who played the young boy. I would reccommend this to anyone who likes horror, but doesn’t care for bloodshed or over complication.


Film Review.. Woman on the Run

Frank witnesses a mob hit and when the police try to put him into police protection he scares and runs away. When the detectives go to ask his wife Eleanor about his life she knows very little about him. Eleanor is soon approached by a reporter who offers her a good sum for the story and he helps her to find Frank, however he is not what he seems.

I am a huge film noir fan and this was another classic from the era, a film relying on the story alone and  not special effects. I had never heard of any of the cast but I was very impressed with the performances.

When I bought this DVD a couple of months ago it was £4.99 which I thought to be quite a good deal and as this forms part of a film noir collection I will now look at buying some more. I also thought Ann Sheridan who played Eleanor was not only beautiful but very talented and I hope to see some more of her films.

Made in 1950 this is an excellent example of what cinema was doing back then:



Here Come The Boys…Cary Grant

‘Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant’

Cary Grant

In the film ‘None but the Lonely Heart’  Grant plays a loveable chancer called Archie Leach – this just happens to be his real name. Christened as Archibald Alexander Leacher and born in 1908 he was probably the most delicous of all male silver screen actors. He was orginally from Bristol but with his huge amount of time spent acting in American he was given citisenship. He had five wives and one long term relationship but only had one daughter Jennifer Grant.

Insanity runs in  my family. It practically gallops’

Cary Grant

He never actually won an Oscar until 1970 when he was given an ‘honourary oscar’ purely for his contribution to the industry. He had a very unsettled childhood with her mother suffering from mental illness and Grant believe for a number of years that his moving had actually died. His father abandoned him at the age of ten when he remarried and had another child. He was also expelled from school.  That’s when he joined the Bob Pender Stage Troupe and there he learnt how to walk stilts. This also where his stage career began.

We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we colour it, we title it we ship it out in cans’

Cary Grant

He worked with a large number of the world’s most favourite leading ladies including Marlen Dietrich, Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn. Quite often he was the love interest. He played a variety of roles and his British accent and easy charm made woman across the world fall in love with him.