Convoy directed by Pen Tennyson 1940
A solid cheering flag waver from Ealing which succeeds despite some obvious model work as noticed by Noel Coward
Images music and videos of beauty and wonder I encounter as we revolve around the Sun
World War 2 propaganda films often succeed as compelling works of art and this flag waver for the Merchant Marines certainly grips and stirs powerful emotions. One of my favourite scenes is when Bogie knocks out some blowhard.
Warner Brothers’ working title for the film was Heroes Without Uniforms, intended to be a two-reel documentary about the Merchant Marine. As the war continued, much combat action footage became available and the project was changed to a feature film with Edward G. Robinson and George Raft initially cast in the starring roles. Technical adviser Richard Sullivan was a 23-year-old Merchant Marine cadet who survived the sinking of his ship by a U-boat. Because war restrictions did not permit filming at sea, the film was shot entirely on Warner Brothers studio sound stages and back lots. According to Bill Collins Presents the Golden Years of Hollywood, the ships sets were built in halves on two sound stages, with the tanker sinking sequence shot first.
Virtually non stop action from Enzo G Castellari, director of Inglorious Bastards, with Franco Nero’s vice commissioner battling newly arrived ruthless gangsters in Genoa. Fernando Rey, most well known in the US and UK for the French Connection, is also featured as an old school gangster which is appropriate as the drugs are arriving via Marseilles, a link in the real French connection of the 70’s. James Whitmore, whom I last saw as social worker in Don Seigel’s Crime in the Streets, is the obligatory US or UK actor seen in almost all Poliziotteschi films
A groovy score by the De Angelis brothers would later be heard in Tarantino’s Death proof.
Here seen in Ewenni
Navelwort is also assumed to be the “Kidneywort” referred to by Nicholas Culpepper in the English Physician, although it may actually refer to the unrelated Anemone hepatica. Culpepper used astrology, rather than science, to classify herbs, and as such is not a reliable source. He claimed: “the juice or the distilled water being drank, is very effectual for all inflammations and unnatural heats, to cool a fainting hot stomach, a hot liver, or the bowels: the herb, juice, or distilled water thereof, outwardly applied, heals pimples, St. Anthony’s fire, and other outward heats. The said juice or water helps to heal sore kidneys, torn or fretted by the stone, or exulcerated within; it also provokes urine, is available for the dropsy, and helps to break the stone. Being used as a bath, or made into an ointment, it cools the painful piles or hæmorrhoidal veins. It is no less effectual to give ease to the pains of the gout, the sciatica, and helps the kernels or knots in the neck or throat, called the king’s evil: healing kibes and chilblains if they be bathed with the juice, or anointed with ointment made thereof, and some of the skin of the leaf upon them: it is also used in green wounds to stay the blood, and to heal them quickly.”
The historic Ewenni Priory
Maidenhair Spleenwort and Ivy Leaved Toadflax growing on Ewenni Priory
This has to be become one of my phrases! Best delivered with a bottle of rum in hand
Two pages from “The Third Wish” a Hellboy story drawn and written by his creator Mike Mignola.
Sarge Steel with his steel hand a Charlton action hero later bought up by DC and added to their crowded universe.