The Happy Family (February 11, 1952)

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The Happy Family
 

Released on February 11, 1952: Whitehall wants to demolish a family home and business to make way for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Produced by Sydney Box

Directed by Muriel Box

The Actors: Stanley Holloway (Henry Lord), Kathleen Harrison (Lillian Lord), Naunton Wayne (Mr. Filch), Dandy Nichols (Ada, Lillian's sister), John Stratton (David Lord, son), Eileen Moore (Joan Lord, daughter), Shirley Mitchell (Marina Lord, daughter), Margaret Barton (Anne), George Cole (Cyril, son), Tom Gill (Maurice Hennessey), Miles Malleson (Mr. Thwaites), Geoffrey Sumner (Sir Charles Spanniell), Laurence Naismith (Councillor Hopkins), Edward Lexy (Alderman), Cameron Hall (Mayor), Hal Osmond (shop steward), John Salew (Mr. Granite), Ernest Butcher (neighbour), Lyn Evans (neighbour), Michael Ward (BBC announcer), Richard Wattis (Member of Parliament), David Keir (process server), Anthony Oliver (firemman), Campbell Singer (policeman), Peter Martyn (policeman), Arthur Hambling (Granger), Eileen Way (Mrs. Potter)

 

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The South Bank Seige

As I write this the citizens of Scotland have recently voted on whether to remain a part of Great Britain or become an independent nation . . . and of course we know about those rogues in 1776 who voted for independence from Britain with their guns. Freedom means many things to many people, but one of the most basic ideas that British history has given to the world is the thought that a family's home is their castle . . . maybe not independent from the nation, but the family's private spot of land that is ruled by the family and not the government . . . . And that right is to be defended at all costs. In this saga the House of Lords is scheduled for demolition . . . No . . . not THAT House of Lords . . . The small grocery shop and home of Henry and Lillian Lord, along with two daughters, two sons, a daughter-in-law and a talking rabbit named Winston. This story is fictional fantasy, but the 1951 Festival of Britain, with the biggest exhibition area in the Waterloo area of the South Bank, was a real event celebrating the end of the Great Depression years and the World War II years that was scheduled to happen exactly one hundred years after the Great Exhibition of 1851 . . . Enough of the true history from 1951, and on to the fictional fun woven around it. The House of Lords is a small grocery in the Waterloo area of the South Bank, and the Lord family lives above it, as they have for many years, loving and enjoying their little home that they have worked and struggled for many years to pay for, care for and own. Now their beloved home, be it ever so humble, is in the way of the road and subway that will bring Britons to the festival celebration, and the government means to tear down the House of Lords in the name of progress. The Lords, on the other hand, intend to protect their castle at any cost, and are willing to do whatever they have the power to do, including being forced out by the police or military and put in prison. The family barricades themselves inside the building determined to remain until removed by force, and the government is quite willing to use whatever force is necessary to destroy their home and make way for the Exhibition. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the revolution.

The seige of the House of Lords
The seige of the House of Lords
Ada consults her Planchette for advise
Ada consults her Planchette for advise
Cameron Hall
Cameron Hall
Dandy Nichols
Dandy Nichols
Dandy Nichols and Stanley Holloway
Dandy Nichols and Stanley Holloway
Dandy Nichols in a trance
Dandy Nichols in a trance
Dandy Nichols floats over the Exhibition
Dandy Nichols floats over the Exhibition
Dandy Nichols
Dandy Nichols
Eileen Moore and John Stratton
Eileen Moore and John Stratton
Eileen Moore
Eileen Moore
Geoffrey Sumner
Geoffrey Sumner
George Cole and Eileen Moore
George Cole and Eileen Moore
John Stratton and Margaret Barton
John Stratton and Margaret Barton
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison, Dandy Nichols and Naunton Wayne
Kathleen Harrison, Dandy Nichols and Naunton Wayne
Kathleen Harrison and Dandy Nichols
Kathleen Harrison and Dandy Nichols
Kathleen Harrison and Shirley Mitchell
Kathleen Harrison and Shirley Mitchell
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Naunton Wayne
Naunton Wayne
Naunton Wayne and Kathleen Harrison
Naunton Wayne and Kathleen Harrison
Shirley Mitchell
Shirley Mitchell
Shirley Mitchell and Kathleen Harrison
Shirley Mitchell and Kathleen Harrison
Shirley Mitchell and Stanley Holloway
Shirley Mitchell and Stanley Holloway
Naunton Wayne
Naunton Wayne
Shirley Mitchell
Shirley Mitchell
Stanley Holloway and Naunton Wayne
Stanley Holloway and Naunton Wayne
Stanley Holloway and Shirley Mitchell
Stanley Holloway and Shirley Mitchell
Stanley Holloway and Winston the rabbit
Stanley Holloway and Winston the rabbit
Stanley Holloway
Stanley Holloway
Tom Gill and Kathleen Harrison and Eileen Moore
Tom Gill and Kathleen Harrison and Eileen Moore
Tom Gill and Stanley Holloway
Tom Gill and Stanley Holloway
Tom Gill
Tom Gill