Ealing Comedies- S/D

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Despite their exalted reputation, upon examination some of these seem to be a little stiff and stuffy and not as funny as they should be- is there something lost in the transatlantic translation? Nonetheless

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Passport to Pimlico
Whiskey Galore
aka Tight Little Island
Kind Hearts and Coronets

Dead of Night (not a comedy)
Genevieve (not an Ealing, but a post-Ealing)

Redd Harvest (Ken L), Friday, 20 January 2006 03:03 (thirteen years ago) link

The original Ladykillers is a masterpiece, both for its comedy and it's cinematography.

Ed (dali), Friday, 20 January 2006 06:54 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...
This documentary I am watching, Forever Ealing, is terrible.

Another top-notch ILE film thread.

Sons Of The Redd Desert (Ken L), Sunday, 14 May 2006 01:52 (thirteen years ago) link

"Blimey, I'm a foreigner!"

Sons Of The Redd Desert (Ken L), Sunday, 14 May 2006 02:00 (thirteen years ago) link

I like these movies

recently got the ladykillers and the man in the white suit on DVD

don't know what about ealing comedies would or wouldn't be lost on americans or whoever that british people find funny/important/something because it's another one of those things

haven't seen the new ladykillers but assume it is set in america

also, should think it's whisky, rather than whiskey, galore

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 14 May 2006 02:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Yup, you right, RJG.

OK, I've salvaged a few interesting facts from this documentary that maybe everybody knows already: the multiple Sir Alec shots in Kind Hearts were done in the camera, Méliès-style, to improve the quality of the image. Marty Scorcese claims the voiceovers in Goodfellas drew on these in KH&C. Balcon is pronounced like "Balkan."

Sons Of The Redd Desert (Ken L), Sunday, 14 May 2006 02:20 (thirteen years ago) link

My favorite of the ones with Guinness was The Man in the White Suit, one of the best comedies about capitalism.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 May 2006 05:58 (thirteen years ago) link

i love the bubbling sounds all through the lab scenes of White Suit.

koogs (koogs), Sunday, 14 May 2006 09:32 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Saw The Man In The White Suit the other day; it didn't actually make me laugh, but I think it's an excelent movie nevertheless.

The Local FNAC has launched some other titles, as part of a cringeworthily titled new series called So British! What does ILX think of these?

Kind Hearts & Coronets
The Lavendar Hill Mob
Scott Of The Antartic

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 15 September 2007 13:33 (twelve years ago) link

Kind Hearts & Coronets - total classic
The Lavender Hill Mob - funny but not deep at all
Scott Of The Antarctic - haven't seen

abanana, Saturday, 15 September 2007 13:39 (twelve years ago) link

Kind Hearts and Coronets is excellent. Even now its cynicism is quite astounding.

I think its the cynical side of Ealing that keeps their best films fresh. Even if they're not laugh-out-loud funny, the rather jaded view of human nature will still resound with a modern audience.

Ladykillers, Man in The White Suit, Lavender Hill Mob, Heaven's Above! are all worth checking out. I think the more sentimental side of Ealing e.g. "Titfield Thunderbolt" probably hasn't dated as well.

PhilK, Saturday, 15 September 2007 13:42 (twelve years ago) link

Kind Hearts... is the best of the bunch, but The Man in the White Suit has Guinness' most underrated performance.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 15 September 2007 13:55 (twelve years ago) link

I guess it should be mentioned on this thread that the term "go-go" as in "go-go dancing" comes from a Parisian club called the Whisky à Go-Go (like the later, similarly named LA club) which is the French translation of Whisky Galore.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 01:23 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

My favorite of the ones with Guinness was The Man in the White Suit, one of the best comedies about capitalism.

otm ... very timely, too

it might look subversive, but it's actually crap ... crap does exist (Eisbaer), Saturday, 11 February 2012 06:05 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

Passport To Pimlico might be my fave, and a terrific thematic watch during this uncharacteristically hot London Summer.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:06 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Is there a good book on Ealing?

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 10:51 (eight months ago) link

There's a couple I would recommend - Charles Barr's Ealing Studios (first published in 1977, twice updated) is the standard critical work. The BFI's more recent Ealing Revisited (2012) is an excellent critical anthology that concentrates on less familiar parts of the studio's output (it also has an extremely useful filmography that is more complete than anything on the web).

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:32 (eight months ago) link

Oh, and Michael Newton's BFI monograph on Kind Hearts and Coronets is good too, especially on the film's queer subtext.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:44 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

And Ealing NON-comedies! Pink String and Sealing Wax is a riproaring Victorian Brighton murder tale. Googie Withers a treat as always.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 August 2019 02:55 (three months ago) link

I guess The Man in the White Suit was Ealing's only science fiction film? Although I can hardly say I've seen most of these:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ealing_Studios_films
so maybe there's more.

michael schenker group is no laughing matter (Matt #2), Monday, 26 August 2019 08:46 (three months ago) link

hue and cry is a neat lil kids detective/gangster film - makes good use of bombed out london

devvvine, Monday, 26 August 2019 08:58 (three months ago) link

I didn’t realise that passport to pimlico, whiskey galore and kind hearts and coronets all came out within months of each other in 1949. I want to see the other three films that came out that year and see if they are any good. Train of events looks like it might be interesting.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 August 2019 10:01 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Had a rewatch of Kind Hearts, new disc via KL. If anything, the multi-performances of Guinness (duly amazing) have overshadowed the other sterling elements: the script, Dennis Price and Joan Greenwood, etc.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:20 (one week ago) link

Dennis Price is awesome in it.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:23 (one week ago) link

"I always say my west window has all the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period."

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:26 (one week ago) link

one of 40 lines tied for first in it

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:27 (one week ago) link

I watched the very beginning last night since it was leaving Criterion then couldn’t stay awake to watch it properly, but agree with you two.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:39 (one week ago) link


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