Movies – I

Invisible Boy, The (1957)

A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a supercomputer from controlling the Earth from a satellite. Edmund Cooper's original short story made no mention of a robot, but, following the success of Forbidden Planet (1956), producer Nicholas Nayfack persuaded Cyril Hume to rework it as a vehicle for Robby the Robot. The(...)

Ipcress File, The (1965)

This classic Cold War thriller about Western scientists being brainwashed is a bold and gritty contrast to the lightweight spoofery of Ipcress contemporaries such as Matt Helm and Our Man Flint (1965). Compared to these spies, Caine's Harry Palmer makes an unlikely expert in espionage. Cockney, bespectacled, and perhaps a little too familiar with breaking-and-entering (he's a former criminal), he(...)

Irma La Douce (1963)

The songs are gone, but the Broadway musical about the life of a French whore in Pigalle retains the colour, the wit, and the exposure of French hypocrisy, and the writing and direction by Billy Wilder add an extra dimension. Jack Lemmon plays Nestor Patou, a naive Parisian ex-policeman who falls in love with a(...)

Iron Mistress, The (1952)

Steely-eyed Alan Ladd stars as Jim Bowie, famed inventor of the knife - the "iron mistress" - that bears his name, in this would-be rip-roaring Warner Bros adventure. Bowie arrives in New Orleans and quickly falls under the spell of Southern beauty Judalon de Bornay (Virginia Mayo). Bowie's actions in his attempt to win Judalon's(...)

Ironweed (1987)

Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep both deliver tour-de-force performances as drunken Depression-era drifters plagued by their pasts. He is haunted by memories of the events that led to his current state of degradation - most tragically the accidental death of his baby son. Bag-lady Meryl Streep sees hope in his survival, but Hector Babenco's film(...)

Is Paris Burning? (1966)

Paris in 1944 is still under German occupation and as the Allies move in the direction of the French capital, Hitler appoints Brigadier General Dietrich von Choltitz (Gert Frobe) as commandant of Paris because of his fame as "a destroyer of cities"- having already pleased the Führer by his destruction of Rotterdam and annihilation of(...)

Island, The (1980)

This isn't so much a comedown as a plunge to the depths for Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws  (1975) and The Deep (1977), who adapted the script for this quite ridiculous picture from his own novel. It beggars belief that legendary composer Ennio Morricone, the usually dependable Michael Caine and more-than-capable director Michael Ritchie frittered away their talents on(...)

It (1990)

In 1960, seven outcast kids who are known as 'The Lucky Seven' have to fight and defeat an evil demon who can shapeshift into a clown called Pennywise and feed on children's fears and kill them. 30 years later, when a mysterious serial-killer attacks children in Derry, Maine, the local librarian Mike Hanlan (Tim Reid)(...)

It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Based on Ray Bradbury's story The Meteor, this early 3-D classic was the first of many brilliant sci-fi films from director Jack Arnold, who went on to make Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). An alien spaceship lands in the Arizona desert, and its giant-eyed occupants adopt human identities while they repair their vessel. Amateur(...)

It Happened At The World’s Fair (1963)

The livelihood of crop dusters Mike (Elvis Presley) and Danny (Gary Lockwood) is stolen away from them when a sheriff impounds their plane because of Danny's gambling debts. The pair head to the World's Fair in Seattle, where Danny tries to earn the money back playing poker and Mike ends up looking after a little(...)

It Happened Here (1963)

A fascinating Second World War drama that examines what might have happened if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain and Hitler had successfully invaded the UK. A nurse allows herself to be persuaded to join a Fascist organisation in order to work. This leads to conflicts with old friends, and a painful confrontation(...)

It! (1967)

After one of their store houses burns down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed except for one statue which mysteriously withstood the fire undamaged. It transpires the cursed statue was created by Rabbi Loew in the 16th century and will withstand every human attempt to destroy it. Pimm decides to use it to(...)

It’s a Bikini World (1967)

Mike Samson (Tommy Kirk), the big man on his southern California beach and the object of desire of every girl on the beach, falls for Delilah Dawes (Deborah Walley), who is in the area visiting their mutual friend, Pebbles (Suzie Kaye). Despite Pebbles' assertions that Mike is a great guy, feminist Delilah finds him arrogant,(...)

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was not only one of the longest comedies on film (at nearly three hours in its original version), it also boasted one of the most impressive casts of comic actors ever assembled: Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Buddy Hackett, Dick Shawn, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters(...)

It’s all over Town (1963)

A theatre electrician visits the London nightspots and meets all sorts of show people, but wakes up to find it is all a dream. Richard Abel Lance Percival Fat Friend William Rushton Narrator Stephen Jack Frankie Vaughan Himself Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band Themselves The Springfields Themselves The Bachelors Themselves The Hollies Themselves(...)

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