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he British Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 was passed to give motion pictures made in the United Kingdom an edge over Hollywood imports. However technically crude, these low budget quota quickies provided on-the-job training for some of the biggest stars of the Golden Age of British Cinema.
THE PHANTOM LIGHT (1935)
The disappearance of two lighthouse keepers stationed on the desolate coast of Wales is linked to the specter of a rogue beacon that lures freight ships to their destruction on the rocks. Gordon Harker (Alfred Hitchcock s THE RING) and Binnie Hale (LOVE FROM A STRANGER) star as bickering sleuths who must solve the mystery of The Phantom Light or become its next victims!
RED ENSIGN (1935)
With England s commercial fleet in decline, idealistic shipbuilder David Barr (THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME s Leslie Banks) conceives a radical new design to revolutionize the industry. Denied capital to proceed by his firm s board of directors, Barr funds the project himself, attracting the support of a beautiful heiress and the attention of a ruthless rival who will stop at nothing, even murder, to obtain Barr s top secret design.
THE UPTURNED GLASS (1947)
After sparing the eyesight of a young patient, Dr. Michael Joyce falls in love with the girl s grateful mother, Emma Wright (Rosamund John), whose husband has been absent for years. When her man returns unexpectedly, Emma reluctantly ends the affair, only to be killed in a mysterious fall. Using his surgical skills to trace the killer, Michael begins his own investigation but has no intention of handing the murderer over to the police.
If you like old British moview...the kind with crooks hiding in lighthouses and girls-next-door who somehow seem always to be running around in high heels and short shorts, you... Read morePublished 29 days ago by chicago cook
Nice disc, good quality prints and great to get to see The Phantom Light at last.Published 12 months ago by S P Evans
Very understated and entertaining films from the Brits. Acting talent abounds and these are a pleasure to watch. Stories are compelling.Published 16 months ago by W. R. Muhr
Each of these marvelous entries wonderfully balance madcap comedy, history, and mystery. I'd like to think that whoever decided to place these different themes in a sampler did so... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John P. Morris
I havn't watched the The Upturned Glass yet. I was so disappointed with the other 2 films. I LOVE old films but these are wooden performances without interesting story lines or... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Barbara Colvin-Kerr
The Upturned Glass was the only really good movie in this collection. The viewer is led to believe that James Mason`s character is the upturned glass and that he is a paranoid... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Jay Holder
Bought this collection of 'thrillers' hoping for early British films that are similar to The Third Man but was sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by Steven Haskins
The Red Ensign was not what I would call a thriller. It was slow moving and unengaging.
The Phantom light had its moments- still not a real thriller. Read more