Monday, June 30, 2014

British B's

British B films, many made at the Merton Park or Twickenham Studios in south west London. Many of these wonderful films are available on YouTube, almost invariably in black and white, sometimes known as Quota Quickies and as all of them were made on very limited budgets, in the 50's and 60's, with no cash for elaborate sets, they just used the local streets, the real streets.

These essays in crime were hugely popular and provide the social background to how we were, three-piece suits, wives at home in the kitchen, vehicles, attitudes, shop fronts, street furniture, food and speech. 

Google:-  British B films, Edgar Lustgarten, Scales of Justice, Scotland Yard and Edgar Wallace and you may well be pleasantly surprised. There are many snips and trailers, but also many complete films are to be found, thus allowing a delicious wallowing in nostalgia.

John Tunstill