|Evil Under the Sun 1982 PG, 102 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Colin Blakely, Jane Birkin, Nicholas Clay, Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, Sylvia Miles, James Mason, Denis Quilley, Diana Rigg, Emily Hone, John Alderson, Paul Antrim, Richard Vernon, Barbara Hicks
In this Agatha Christie story, a famous actress, Arlena Marshall (Diana Rigg), is murdered while visiting an idyllic beach resort, and detective Hercules Poirot (Peter Ustinov) investigates. Suspects include Arlena's biographer Rex (Roddy McDowall), Broadway producers Odell and Myra Gardener (James Mason and Sylvia Miles), Arlena's husband Kenneth (Denis Quilley), Kenneth's lover Daphne (Maggie Smith), millionaire Sir Horace Blatt (Colin Blakely), Arlena's lover Patrick (Nicholas Clay), and Patrick's wife Christine (Jane Birkin). Poirot has his work cut out for him when he learns more about the suspects–all of whom had motives to kill Arlena.
|A Hard Day's Night 1964 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy
Director: Richard Lester
Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, Kenneth Haigh, Richard Vernon, Marianne Stone, John Junkin, Anna Quayle
Like its stars, this pseudo documentary by the Beatles stands above other fare of the same genre. Filled with songs and comedy, the story line follows the Beatles through one day in their lives.
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1981 TV, 198 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Sci-Fi
Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Cast: Simon Jones, Peter Jones, Joe Melia, Mark Wing-Davey, Martin Benson, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Steve Conway, Cleo Rocos, Andrew Mussell, Stephen Moore, Richard Vernon, David Tate, Rayner Bourton, Douglas Adams
A popular BBC radio series, based on Douglas Adams' novel, was followed by a TV series from which this miniseries was developed. The title refers to the electronic book that provides the knowledge necessary to navigate the galaxy. It tells the story of Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) who travels the galactic superhighway running across all sorts of beings and adventures. Lots of fun.
|Indiscreet 1958 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Stanley Donen
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff, Megs Jenkins, Oliver Johnston, Richard Vernon, Martin Boddey, John Welsh, Michael Anthony, Diane Clare
A successful actress (Ingrid Bergman) wants love and marriage, while a successful businessman (Cary Grant) wants love but no marriage. The two meet in London, and humor and intrigue are the result.
|Lady Jane 1986 PG-13, 140 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Trevor Nunn
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern, Jill Bennett, Jane Lapotaire, Patrick Stewart, Joss Ackland, Lee Montague, Richard Johnson, Warren Saire, Sara Kestelman, Ian Hogg, Richard Vernon, David Waller
When Henry VIII died, he left the English throne to his sickly son Edward (Warren Saire) who died a short time later. On his death, 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey (Helena Bonham Carter) became Queen of England. Her right to the crown was immediately challenged, and this is the story of her battle for what was hers.
|Oh Heavenly Dog 1980 PG, 104 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama
Director: Joe Camp
Cast: Chevy Chase, Benji, Jane Seymour, Robert Morley, Omar Sharif, Alan Sues, Donnelly Rhodes, Richard Vernon, John Stride, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Stuart Germain, Margaret Courtenay, Frank Williams, Albin Pahernik, Susan Kellermann
Benji appears in his third film. This time, the story revolves around private eye Benjamin Browning (Chevy Chase) who is murdered. When he arrives in heaven, he is told that he will be assigned a new body and is told to track down his murderer. Browning is reincarnated in Benji's body. The search goes on while Benji/Browning's owner Jackie Howard (Jane Seymour) has no idea that she has become his new love interest.
|The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976 PG, 103 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Andre Maranne, Richard Vernon, Dick Crockett, Paul Maxwell, Byron Kane, Briony McRoberts, Dudley Sutton, Hal Galili, Robert Beatty
French Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is again in charge of the case. This time, Clouseau is the intended victim of an assassination by his ex-boss who is now out of the asylum. Former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) intends to take over the world. Will Clouseau avoid the killer (Leslie-Anne Down) and stop Dreyfus?
|The Satanic Rites of Dracula 1973 R, 84 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Sci-Fi
aka: Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
Rites of Dracula
Director: Alan Gibson
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles, William Franklyn, Freddie Jones, Joanna Lumley, Richard Vernon, Barbara Yu Ling, Patrick Barr, Richard Mathews, Maurice O'Connell, Peter Adair, Lockwood West, Valerie Van Ost, Maggie Fitzgerald
This film is the last of the series of "Dracula" movies starring Christopher Lee as Dracula. This time, Dracula heads up a Satanic cult of scientists and politicians, and he develops a plague that will, when released, wipe out life on Earth. Vampire researcher Lorimar Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) tries to stop him, and Count Dracula kidnaps Van Helsing's granddaughter Jessica (Joanna Lumley) and holds her hostage. When Van Helsing learns that it is Dracula–his arch enemy–who is holding Jessica hostage, will he finally do away with Dracula?
|The Secret of My Success 1965 N/R, 112 min.|
Director: Andrew L. Stone
Cast: James Booth, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Honor Blackman, Amy Dalby, Lionel Jeffries, Richard Vernon, David Davenport, Peadar Lamb, Ann Lancaster, Martin Benson, Reginald Beckwith, Nicolau Breyner, Ernest Clark, Bob Harris
Arthur Tate (James Booth) is a local policeman investigating the murder of Violet Lawson's (Stella Stevens) husband when his mother (Amy Dalby) uses information about Violet to get Arthur promoted to inspector. When Arthur begins a love affair with a baroness, Lily (Honor Blackman), his mother again interferes, and her meddling results in Arthur becoming a liaison officer for the president of a South American country. Now, when Arthur becomes involved with revolutionary Maragold Marado (Shirley Jones), his mother gets involved, and Arthur ends up as the country's ruler.
|The Servant 1963 N/R, 112 min.|
Director: Joseph Losey
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox, Catherine Lacey, Richard Vernon, Patrick Magee, Harold Pinter, Ann Firbank, Doris Knox, Jill Melford, Alun Owen, Derek Tansley, Brian Phelan, Hazel Terry
Tony (James Fox) is a bachelor who moves to London and hires Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his servant. After Tony has a brief fling with Hugo's sister, Vera (Sarah Miles), the roles of master and manservant are slowly reversed as a corrupt Hugo finds he can exploit his "master" in this study of morality in the world of class distinctions.
|The Tomb of Ligeia 1965 N/R, 81 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
aka: Tomb of the Cat
Director: Roger Corman
Cast: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis, Oliver Johnston, Richard Vernon, Frank Thornton, Ronald Adam, Denis Gilmore, Penelope Lee
Verden (Vincent Price) always wears black as he continues to mourn his long-dead wife. He finally remarries a dead-ringer for his first wife and soon becomes convinced she, as well as a black cat, is possessed by his dead wife's evil spirit. Disaster follows.
|Village of the Damned 1960 N/R, 78 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror / Mystery
Director: Wolf Rilla
Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens, Michael C. Gwynne, Laurence Naismith, John Phillips, Richard Vernon, Richard Warner, Thomas Heathcote, Jenny Laird, Sarah Long, Charlotte Mitchell, Pamela Buck, Rosamund Greenwood, Susan Richards
Twelve children are born the same night in a British village. Strangely, they seem to display no emotions, and all look alike. They are very bright and have telekinetic powers. Gordon Zellaby's (George Sanders) wife Anthea (Barbara Shelley) has given birth to one of the babies, and, a few years later, Gordon educates them but becomes skeptical when he finds that they make people do strange things. Finally, Gordon sets out to destroy the children but loses his own life in the process.
|Witness for the Prosecution 1982 TV, 96 min.|
Director: Alan Gibson
Cast: Ralph Richardson, Diana Rigg, Beau Bridges, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Langton, Richard Vernon, Michael Gough, Wendy Hiller, Peter Sallis, Frank Mills, Michael Nightingale, Peter Copley, Patricia Leslie, John Kidd
A good cast makes this TV remake of Agatha Christie's story fun to watch. Aging lawyer Sir Wilfred Robarts (Ralph Richardson) is tended to by aggressive nurse Plimsoll (Deborah Kerr) and is the defender for Leonard Vole (Beau Bridges) who is accused of murdering a wealthy woman for her money. Problems arise when Vole's wife Christine (Diana Rigg) decides to divorce him and testify for the prosecution. And, that's just one of the many surprises in store for Sir Wilfred. Deborah Kerr won an Emmy for her role in this TV production.
|1. Evil Under the Sun (1982)|
2. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
4. Indiscreet (1958)
5. Just for Fun (1963)
6. Lady Jane (1986)
7. Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)
8. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
9. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
aka: Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
aka: Rites of Dracula
10. The Secret of My Success (1965)
11. The Servant (1963)
12. The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)
aka: Tomb of the Cat
13. Village of the Damned (1960)
14. Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
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