Ealing Studios Collection: Volume 1

16/10/2006
  |  Buy to Own: 16/10/2006
  |  380 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Four films from the legendary Ealing Studios. 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1942) is a period comedy set in the early twentieth century. Young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him. In the classic comedy 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949), an unexploded bomb goes off in Pimlico, uncovering documents which reveal that this part of London in fact belongs to Burgundy in France. An autnomous state is set up in a spirit of optimism, but the petty squabbles of everyday life soon shatter the Utopian vision of a non-restrictive nation. Derek Bond stars in the title role in 'Nicholas Nickleby' (1946). Young Nicholas who is forced to become the head of the family after his father dies leaving them penniless. In desperation, he turns to his Uncle Ralph (Cedric Hardwycke) for help, but this only leads the family into even more of a mess. Wartime thriller 'Went the Day Well?' (1942) is based on a story by Graham Greene. During the Second World War, a platoon of German paratroopers infiltrate and take command of an English village disguised as British troops. The locals' attempts at resistance are hampered by a degree of collaboration with the enemy.