DOCTOR DOLITTLE
1967, 20th Century Fox, 152 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Based on the original Hugh Lofting stories, director Richard Fleischer’s (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, FANTASTIC VOYAGE) charming, beautifully conceived fantasy stars the irreplaceable Rex Harrison as the Man Who Talks to the Animals, with help from Samantha Eggar and the late, great Anthony Newley - not to mention the two-headed pushmi-pullyu and a giant pink sea snail! Wonderfully scored and written by Leslie Bricusse, featuring such lovely, bittersweet gems as "When I Look in Your Eyes" and "If I Could Talk to the Animals." A true delight for young and old.


STORM IN A TEACUP
1937, Cohen Film, 87 min, UK, Dir: Ian Dalrymple, Victor Saville

This Alexander Korda production has much of the charm the Ealing comedies would display 20 years later. After Scottish provost Cecil Parker condemns an old woman’s pet dog, reporter Rex Harrison (in his first leading role) pens an article that puts in hot water. Furious, the politician sues – but that’s not enough to stop his daughter (Vivien Leigh) from falling for the writer.


ST. MARTIN’S LANE
1938, Cohen Film, 83 min, UK, Dir: Tim Whelan

Street entertainer Charles Staggers (Charles Laughton) has eyes for beautiful pickpocket Libby (Vivien Leigh) and convinces her to work the crowd as a busker instead of a thief. But Charles realizes that the posh Harley Prentiss (Rex Harrison) can do a lot more for Libby than he can. Featuring three outstanding performances, this clever comedy was released in the U.S. as SIDEWALKS OF LONDON – after GONE WITH THE WIND had made Leigh a star.


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