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British Cinema Classic B Film Collection, Vol. 1 (Tread Softly Stranger / The Siege of Sidney Street / The Frightened Man / Crimes at the Dark House / The Hooded Terror / Girl in the News)
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I have combed the Internet in search of Old British Titles that thrilled me at the Cinema and on Early Television.
Amazon have managed to open doors to many great film titles and this collection on Vol 1 is great entertainment from begining to end.
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A Fantastic chance to add to a film collection and may many more of these treasures find their way into our hands.
As a projectionist I have seen and run films in Cinema,s and Drive-in,s and its a pleasure to buy six of the best.
1938~ this starts in what is China and a table surrounded with "mysterious" hooded figures~ the HEAD man has a coiled snake to ID as the Boss the rest just have a long snake on theirs. Now to London where a man has a message about the Hooded men. He is killed before he can pass on the message to Sexton Blake. Who looks like Sherlock Holmes and by some coincidence lives on "Baker Street"...LOL Blake is on the trail of the gang who have a great hide out~ complete with a spy view of the street via a camera so they can see every one who approaches the hide out. the pass word is "I have been sent by the snake" to get into a gaming room which is the "cover" for the gang activity. When a woman agent is kidnapped by the "hooded snake"~ the ONLY clue left at the scene is a RARE stamp which leads us to a WEALTHY stamp collector. This is a good movie but not a great one. The costumes are cheesy and the woman detective heroine is very hammy~ Blake is good but the fun is his overly suspicious landlady and his bumbling side kick. This copy is "not bad" but not good. Very dark in places so you have to sometimes replay a scene just to see what is going on. I give it 4 STARS~ because the SNAKE hide out and CAMERA surveillance are great and add to the plot where everyone is sneaking around the Snake Gang are watching them on a TV screen. ~ 4 STARS~
The prints are not sharp but apparently the best that can be hoped for until someone takes the time - and money - to restore them. But at least they are out there for all the word to see. The other improvement that could be made with this set is a series of film notes about the actors, directors and the British film industry.
CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE-- Tod Slaughter portrays a murderer who assumes the identity of his wealthy Australian victim and then travels to England to claim the man's inherited estate.
FRIGHTENED MAN-- A struggling antique shop owner fences some stolen goods to raise money for his son's university education. The boy comes home looking for some fast cash; he gets involved in a gang-style robbery that goes terribly wrong.
GIRL IN THE NEWS-- A nurse acqutted in the death of an elderly patient changes her name and takes a job as assistant to a wheelchair-bound man whose wife and butler want to kill him and frame the girl for the crime. Directed by Carol Reed ("The Third Man").
HOODED TERROR-- Master sleuth Sexton Blake pursues the "Snake," and his gang of masked thugs, the "Hooded Terror." A fine opportunity to watch Tod Slaughter (as our bad guy) devour the scenery with his usual gusto.
SIEGE OF SIDNEY ST.-- Anarchists trying to raise money in aid of Latvia's freedom fight are involved in a deadly robbery. The building they take shelter in is surrounded by 100 policemen. Story of the failed robbery is told in flashback as the seige unfolds. Based on a true event from 1911.
TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER-- Calculating woman plays upon the affections of two brothers, convincing them to rob a safe at the steel mill where one of them works. During the heist, a night watchman is killed, and his son sets out to find those responsible.Read more ›
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It was not sinister or thrilling but very transparent. Definitely not as described.Published 6 months ago by Satyaban
Hardly known(let's face it: forgotten), the British low-budget "Hooded Terror" is a snappy, fast, and dark crime-horror film, starring the great Victorian ham, Todd Slaughter. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Brad Baker
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These are good movies and are good quality, both video and audio. I am happy with my purchase.Published on September 25, 2010 by bugszy
I don't know why some people were complaining about the picture quality. I didn't find anything wrong with it. Really.... What can you expect from such old movies? Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by R. Bromley
Unless you're a glutton for B movies (and I usually am), the reason for buying this set is The Girl in the News. I have no idea why VCI would label this Carol Reed film a B movie. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by C. O. DeRiemer
SIX GOOD VINTAGE BRITISH FILMS. TRANSFER QUALITY IT GOOD. MANY OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE IN OTHER SETS. A BIT PRICEY AT $26.99 FOR 6 PUBLIC DOMAIN FILMS.Published on October 25, 2008 by Beat1es
This would have been a 5 star item if not for the inclusion of "The Hooded Terror", which is not in the same class by the other films. Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by al b.