Now there are many types of these films that do the trick, I expect I shall get round to mentioning them sometime.
However, I want to give a mention to the Old Mother Riley series of films. Admittedly not everyone's 'cup of tea'.
However, to me they conjure up happy childhood Sundays they were as I recall, regularly shown on ITV in the mid 50's.
I , therefore couldn't resist purchasing recently a boxed set of these films on DVD, wondering if they still held the same magic they did as when I was a kid.
The answer is yesthey did!
Now, there is one of these films in particular I want to pick out as the cream of the crop. It' s 'Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire'. What a joy that film was to watch. Made in 1952 it teams Arthur Lucan opposite Bela Lugosi. London is being terrorised by a mad scientist the police call 'The Vampire'. This film is great to revisit a forgotten post war Britain still being rationed, great location shots e.g Grcery Shops with displays of 'Rinso' and Lux etc and scenes using popular cars of the day, trams etc.
Also as a bonus there is a great supporting cast, Dora Bryan, Richard Wattis(sans specs),Judith Furse previously discussed on this thread, Ian Wilson, Hattie Jacques, Dandy Nichols and Charles Lloyd Pack(Triggers Dad) to name a few .No Kitty McShane in this one as Lucan and her had split acrimoniously by then. Arthur Lucan and McShane had created a very popular double act that topped the bill for almost 30 years. Lucan also made film history apparently by being the first man to dress as a woman all the way through a feature film! I see they made a total of 15 films between 1937 and 1952.
Nice to see he went out on a career high note with this film IMHO.
Sorry if I have bored you all, but I at least enjoyed them and wanted to share it with you all.