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This Man Is News
This Man is News is a 1938 British comedy mystery film directed by David MacDonald and starring Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim and Edward Lexy. A journalist solves a crime of which he himself is suspected.[1] A "quota quickie", it was made for a mere £6,000, but "was among the highest grossing films of 1938".[2] It was loosely modelled on the American Thin Man series of films. A sequel, This Man in Paris, was made in 1939.Contents1 Cast 2 Critical reception 3 References 4 External linksCast[edit] Barry K
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Matthew Sweet (writer)
Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet
(born 2 December 1969) is an English writer, journalist, and BBC
BBC
broadcaster. Born in Hull, Sweet received a doctorate from Oxford University on the sensation fiction of the 19th century,
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Comedy Film
Comedy
Comedy
is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect.[1] Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending (black comedy being an exception). One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue. Comedy, compared with other film genres, puts much more focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comics transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity
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IMDb
IMDb, also known as Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew, personnel and fictional character biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings. An additional fan feature, message boards, was abandoned in February, 2017. The database is owned and operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. As of December 2017[update], IMDb
IMDb
has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database,[2] as well as 83 million registered users. The movie and talent pages of IMDb
IMDb
are accessible to all internet users, but a registration process is necessary to contribute information to the site. Most data in the database is provided by volunteer contributors
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The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian
is a British daily newspaper. It was known from 1821 until 1959 as the Manchester
Manchester
Guardian. Along with its sister papers The Observer and the Guardian Weekly, The Guardian
The Guardian
is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust
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Michael Relph
Michael Leighton George Relph[1] (16 February 1915 – 30 September 2004) was an English film producer, art director, writer and film director.[2][3] He was the son of actor George Relph.[4]Contents1 Films 2 Theatre 3 Producer 4 Family 5 Selected filmography 6 References 7 External linksFilms[edit] Relph began his film career in 1933 as an assistant art director under Alfred Junge at Gaumont British
Gaumont British
then headed by Michael Balcon
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Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(born Myrna Adele Williams; August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American film, television and stage actress. Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934).[1] Although Loy was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, in March 1991 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award
Academy Award
in recognition of her life's work both onscreen and off, including serving as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross
Red Cross
during World War II, and a member-at-large of the U.S. Commission to UNESCO
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William Powell
William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984)[1] was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
in 14 films, including the Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles
Nick and Nora Charles
characters created by Dashiell Hammett
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TV Guide
TV Guide
TV Guide
is a bi-weekly American magazine that provides television program listings information as well as television-related news, celebrity interviews and gossip, film reviews, crossword puzzles, and, in some issues, horoscopes
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David Keir
David Keir (1884–1971) was a British film actor.[1] Selected filmography[edit]Year Title Role Notes1938 The Return of the Frog Number 231939 The Arsenal Stadium MysteryTrunk Crime Quiney1940 The Girl Who Forgot DrawbridgeTwo for Danger Professor Shaw1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's Mr HumphriesThe Farmer's Wife Auctioneer1942 Salute John Citizen TurnerLet the People Sing Mr. FinningleyFront Line Kids The Parson1943 Variety Jubilee Theatre Bar PatronThe Shipbuilders1945 Meet Sexton BlakePink String and Sealing Wax1946 Under New Management ColonelThe Captive Heart Mr. McDougall1947 Code of Scotland Yard Gentleman CustomerThe Brothers Postman1949 A Man's Affair Curly1951 The Smart Aleck Mr
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Desert Victory
Desert Victory
Desert Victory
is a 1943 film produced by the British Ministry of Information, documenting the Allies' North African campaign against Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
and the Afrika Korps. This documentary traces the struggle between General Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, from the German's defeat at El Alamein
El Alamein
to Tripoli. The film was produced by David MacDonald and directed by Roy Boulting who also directed Tunisian Victory
Tunisian Victory
and Burma Victory. Like the famous "Why We Fight" series of films by Frank Capra, Desert Victory
Desert Victory
relies heavily on captured German newsreel footage. Many of the most famous sequences in the film have been excerpted and appear with frequency in History Channel and A&E productions
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Cinematograph Films Act 1927
The Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 (17 & 18 Geo. V) was an act of the United Kingdom Parliament designed to stimulate the declining British film industry. It received Royal Assent
Royal Assent
on 20 December 1927, and it came into force on 1 April 1928.[1]Contents1 Description 2 Aftermath2.1 Quota quickie3 References 4 External linksDescription[edit] It introduced a requirement for British cinemas to show a quota of British films, for a duration of 10 years. The Act's supporters believed that it would promote the emergence of a vertically-integrated film industry, with production, distribution and exhibition infrastructure being controlled by the same companies. The vertically-integrated American film industry had rapid growth in the years immediately following the end of World War I
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Mystery Film
A mystery film is a genre of film that revolves around the solution of a problem or a crime. It focuses on the efforts of the detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of an issue by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. The plot often centers on the deductive ability, prowess, confidence, or diligence of the detective as they attempt to unravel the crime or situation by piecing together clues and circumstances, seeking evidence, interrogating witnesses, and tracking down a criminal. Suspense is often maintained as an important plot element. This can be done through the use of the soundtrack, camera angles, heavy shadows, and surprising plot twists
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The Thin Man
The Thin Man
The Thin Man
(1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in the December 1933 issue of Redbook. It appeared in book form the following month. Hammett never wrote a sequel but the book became the basis for a successful six-part film series, which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell
William Powell
and Myrna Loy. The Thin Man television series aired on NBC
NBC
from 1957-59, and starred Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk
Phyllis Kirk
.[1] An early draft of the story, written several years before the published version and in print in several collections of Hammett's work, does not mention the main characters of the novel, Nick and Nora Charles and ends after ten chapters
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Cinema Of The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
has had a significant film industry for over a century. While film production reached an all-time high in 1936,[6] the "golden age" of British cinema is usually thought to have occurred in the 1940s, during which the directors David Lean,[7] Michael Powell, (with Emeric Pressburger)[8] and Carol Reed[9] produced their most highly acclaimed work. Many British actors have achieved international fame and critical success, including Maggie Smith, Michael Caine,[10] Sean Connery[11] and Kate Winslet.[12] Some of the films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the second and third highest-grossing film series ( Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and James Bond).[13] The identity of the British industry, and its relationship with the Cinema of the United States, has been the subject of debate
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Henry Harris (cinematographer)
Henry Isador Harris (1899, Lambeth, South London -1971, Midhurst, Sussex) was an English cinematographer.[1] Selected filmography[edit]Claude Duval (1924) Shooting Stars (1927) The Runaway Princess (1929) No Exit (1930) Almost a Divorce (1931) Two White Arms (1932) The Wonderful Story (1932) Chelsea Life (1933) Lord of the Manor (1933) Purse Strings (1933) The Price of Wisdom (1935) Secret of Stamboul (1936) The Street Singer (1937) Smash and Grab (1937) The Sky's the Limit (1938) Band Waggon (1940) This Man in Paris (1940) You Will Remember (1941) Up for the Cup (1950)References[edit]^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/individual/77559External links[edit]Henry Harris on IMDbThis English biographical article is a stub
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