Anyway another rarity and a real curio turned up on Talking Pictures Channel this morning. This channel is throwing up some real gems for those interested in such things and this morning was no exception. "Calling All Cars" (1954)- a British B film produced by the same producer as "Climb Up the Wall" - one E J Fancey. Of whom more later.
This was a melange of sketches strung loosely together by a plot but which gave Cardew the Cad chance to crack some jokes via the dialogue whilst Spike Milligan did a voice over as an ancient car (told you it was a curio) in his Eccles (ish ) voice while the film was padded out in part by footage from the Dover Harbour Trust or somesuch who also apparently sponsored this weirdo. But for spotters of fifties cars, locations, and period features such as one of the old electric Trolley buses trundling along with an ad for Ben Truman's beers on the side then this was a gem.
The attractive actress (one of two) was Adrienne Scott who later research showed me was actually the producer's daughter.
A pretty ironic touch was that Cardew the Cad was living in a London house which would now be well into the million pound bracket and employing a housekeeper but couldn't afford a new car. Bit odd that!
But definitely one to show how such cheaply made and strange little B features could get a cinema distribution in the fifties.
Incidentally made at Kay Studios, Carlton Hill, Maida Vale. (apparently somewhere behind Lords cricket Ground).
And now on to the producer E J Fancey. Apparently a bit of a rogue who did time for stabbing his accountant in the thigh in one incident.
Here is a very interesting little bio about him. This is well worth a read for old British cinema aficionados.