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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
Valerie Hobson
, Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim
and Edward Lexy . A journalist solves a crime of which he himself is suspected. A "quota quickie ", it was made for a mere £6,000, but "was among the highest grossing films of 1938". It was loosely modelled on the American Thin Man series of films. A sequel, This Man in Paris , was made in 1939. CONTENTS * 1 Cast * 2 Critical reception * 3 References * 4 External links CAST * Barry K
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David Keir
DAVID KEIR (1884–1971) was a British film actor . SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES 1938 The Return of the Frog Number 23 1939 The Arsenal Stadium Mystery Trunk Crime Quiney 1940 The Girl Who Forgot Drawbridge Two for Danger Professor Shaw 1941 The Ghost of St. Michael\'s Mr Humphries The Farmer\'s Wife Auctioneer 1942 Salute John Citizen Turner Let the People Sing Mr. Finningley Front Line Kids The Parson 1943 Variety Jubilee Theatre Bar Patron The Shipbuilders 1945 Meet Sexton Blake Pink String and Sealing Wax 1946 Under New Management Colonel The Captive Heart Mr. McDougall 1947 Code of Scotland Yard Gentleman Customer The Brothers Postman 1949 A Man\'s Affair Curly 1951 The Smart Aleck Mr
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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 . The print magazine is owned by NTVB Media, while its digital properties are controlled by the CBS Interactive division of CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation
; the TV Guide
TV Guide
name and associated editorial content from the publication are licensed by CBS Interactive for use on the website and mobile app through an agreement with the magazine's parent subsidiary TVGM Holdings, Inc
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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 and Myrna Loy . The Thin Man television series was produced in the 1950s. 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. It is about a quarter of the length of the finished book. Although Hammett lived until 1961, The Thin Man was his last published novel
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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 came into force on 1 April 1928. CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Results and the quota quickie * 3 References * 4 External links DESCRIPTIONIt 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 this would promote the emergence of a vertically integrated film industry, in which production, distribution and exhibition infrastructure are 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
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 . Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
used all of these techniques, but would sometimes allow the audience in on a pending threat then draw out the moment for dramatic effect
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William Powell
WILLIAM HORATIO POWELL (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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 characters created by Dashiell Hammett . Powell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor
Academy Award for Best Actor
three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947)
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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). Although Loy was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award
Academy Award
, in March 1991 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award
Academy Award
with the inscription In recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances. During World War II
World War II
, Loy served as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross
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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 to Tripoli. The film was produced by David MacDonald and directed by Roy Boulting who also directed Tunisian Victory and Burma Victory . Like the famous " Why We Fight " series of films by Frank Capra
Frank Capra
, Desert Victory relies heavily on captured German newsreel footage
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IMDb
IMDB, formerly known as INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE, is an online database of information related to films, television programs and video games, including cast, production crew, fictional characters, biographies, plot summaries, trivia and reviews, operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon . As of December 2017 , IMDb
IMDb
has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database, as well as 83 million registered users. The site enables registered users to submit new material and edits to existing entries. Users with a proven track record of submitting factual data are given instant approval for minor additions such as filming locations. However, image, name, character name, plot summaries, and title changes are screened before publication, and usually take between 24–72 hours to appear
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The Guardian
THE GUARDIAN is a British daily newspaper. It was known from 1821 until 1959 as the 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 . The Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference." The Scott Trust became a limited company in 2008, with a constitution to maintain the same protections for the Guardian. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to benefit an owner or shareholders. The paper's readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion
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Michael Relph
MICHAEL LEIGHTON GEORGE RELPH (16 February 1915 – 30 September 2004) was an English film producer , art director , writer and film director . He was the son of actor George Relph . CONTENTS * 1 Films * 2 Theatre * 3 Producer * 4 Family * 5 Selected filmography * 6 References * 7 External links FILMS 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
Michael Balcon
. In 1942 Relph began work at Ealing as chief art director, where his designs included the influential 1945 supernatural anthology Dead of Night . He worked mainly on Basil Dearden 's films, and in 1949 was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for art direction for his work on the Stewart Granger vehicle Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)
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Comedy Film
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. 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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Matthew Sweet (writer)
MATTHEW SWEET (born 2 December 1969) is an English writer , journalist , and BBC
BBC
broadcaster . Born in Hull , he holds a doctorate from Oxford University
Oxford University
on the sensation fiction of the 19th century, Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins
in particular. He was among the contributors to the Oxford Companion to English Literature and was both film and television critic for the Independent on Sunday . His book, Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema (2005) is a history of the British film business from the silent days, and includes interviews with surviving figures from the period
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Alastair Sim
ALASTAIR GEORGE BELL SIM, CBE (9 October 1900 – 19 August 1976) was a Scottish character actor who began his theatrical career at the age of thirty, but quickly became established as a popular West End performer, remaining so until his death in 1976. He also appeared in more than fifty British films, starting in 1935. After a series of false starts, including a spell as a jobbing labourer and another as a clerk in a local government office, Sim's love of and talent for poetry reading won him several prizes and led to his appointment as a lecturer in elocution at the University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh
in 1925. He also ran his own private elocution and drama school, from which, with the help of the playwright John Drinkwater , he made the transition to the professional stage in 1930. Despite his late start, Sim soon became well known on the London stage
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Roger MacDougall
ROGER MACDOUGALL (2 August 1910, in Glasgow – 27 May 1993) was a Scottish playwright , screenwriter and director . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Selected filmography * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYMacDougall began writing the occasional screenplay in the late 30s, working both alone and in collaboration with others. Most of his plays were produced during the 50s. As a screenwriter, his best-known films are The Man in the White Suit (for which he received a 1952 Academy Award nomination ) and The Mouse That Roared . He was a cousin of Alexander Mackendrick . During the 1950s he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which eventually resulted in significant disability. Through disillusionment with orthodox medical treatments at the time, he developed a diet, loosely based on a paleolithic diet , that apparently returned him to good health and sustained remission
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