Soho Bites Podcast
Soho Bites Podcast
Dominic Delargy
A series about the depiction of Soho - the beating heart of cosmopolitan, bohemian London - in film. Produced by Dominic Delargy Based on an original idea by Jingan Young
Soho Bites 33: The Sandwich Man (1966)
We’ve done some episodes in the past with some disparate and unusual themes. We did a Spain themed episode, a sport one, a God special and even a wrestling / boxing episode, but we think we’ve surpassed ourselves this time as the theme linking the two items in episode 33 is sandwiches. Sandwich http://www.urban75.org/blog/the-human-billboards-and-sandwich-men-on-the-streets-of-soho-15-years-ago-london-history-april-2004/ (boards), that is, and the men who wear them. There was a time when Sandwich men and women and other forms of portable adverts were a common sight in the west end but In August 2008, Westminster council implemented a ban on such advertising, consigning this minor social menace to history. The ban came too late though, to have any effect on the sandwich men we’re talking about in this episode. Our first sandwich man is NOT a fictional character - Stanley Green, otherwise known as Protein Man. Stanley campaigned against the consumption of excessive protein for about 25 years and became a familiar sight to people in the west end during that time. We meet Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, Dr Cathy Ross, to hear about Stanley, his writings and his life. Learn about Stanley’s unusual views in his https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/stanley-greens-protein-wisdom-leaflet/ (Protein Wisdom) leaflet. Read an https://museumcrush.org/less-protein-less-lust-the-protein-mans-placard/ (ARTICLE) by Cathy Ross about Stanley. For more info: Stanley’s entry in the https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-92286 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography) And here’s a https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/novel-extract.pdf (three page extract) of Stanley’s unpublished novel, Behind the Veil: More than Just a Tale. I have corrected some of the spelling and some of the more confusing errors, but have tried to leave Stanley’s idiosyncratic punctuation and writing style in tact. Our second sandwich man IS a fictional character - Horace Quilby is played by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bentine (Michael Bentine) in the 1966 comedy, The Sandwich Man. The film is noteworthy mostly for its extraordinary https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060936/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm (cast) and for its numerous London locations which you can see https://www.reelstreets.com/films/sandwich-man-the/ (HERE) courtesy of Reelstreets. To talk about The Sandwich Man we were joined by the novelist,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Fowler ( Christopher Fowler). You can follow Chris on https://twitter.com/Peculiar (Twitter) and check out his http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/ (blog). Film makers often cheat when it comes to locations - eg a person turns a corner and re-appears three streets away. In The Sandwich Man, Horace Quilby is supposed to be walking around the west end, but according to https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7641507 (THIS MAP) of his route, constructed using the locations listed on ReelStreets, he covers an unfeasible number of miles in one day. We have another podcast coming out! Starting in March, a series of screenings and QandAs will take place at thehttps://www.kinodigital.co.uk/cinema-venues/kino-bermondsey/ ( Kino Cinema) in Bermondsey which will be magically turned into a podcast a few days after each one. Follow the podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com/ ( KinoQuickies.com), follow us onhttps://twitter.com/KinoQuickies ( Twitter) and we'd love to have you come to a screening. All you have to do is buy ahttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kino-quickies-tickets-254643364157 ( ticket). The originator of Soho Bites,https://twitter.com/jinganyoung ( Dr Jingan Young), has a new book coming out all about.... guess what? Films set in Soho! Get your copy...
Mar 4
46 min
Soho Bites 32: Turn the Key Softly (1953)
Murphy's Law states that if you've arranged an interview with a brilliant guest to talk about a fantastic film in a great location, then you will catch Covid and have to self-isolate. This is why my interview with https://mbalit.co.uk/client/ming-ho-2/ (Ming Ho) about https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046471/ (Turn the Key Softly (1953)) took place online and not in the lovely surroundings of the https://www.uniquevenuesoflondon.co.uk/sites/default/files/styles/space_gallery/public/image/Richard%20Attenborough%20Rooms_0.jpg?itok=qD3isMwo (BAFTA bar) as originally planned. Turn the Key Softly is set over a period of twelve hours and follows three very different women on their first day of freedom after their release from Holloway Prison. Starring https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593814/ (Yvonne Mitchell), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0365692/ (Kathleen Harrison) and a very young http://www.joancollins.com/ (Joan Collins), it is directed by Jack Lee who also wrote the screenplay along with producer, Maurice Cowan and is based on the novel of the same name by Johh Brophy. Have a look at these https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/turn-the-key-softly-lobby-cards/ (lovely old lobby cards), produced to promote Turn the Key Softly. Have a look at some of the locations in Turn the Key Softly on https://www.reelstreets.com/films/turn-the-key-softly/ (Reelstreets) You can follow Ming on https://twitter.com/Minghowriter (Twitter). As the period of self isolation dragged on, a real in-person meeting was still impossible, so Dom met up with http://www.roh.org.uk/people/john-snelson (John Snelson) online to hear about two forgotten musicals set on the streets and nightclubs of Soho. http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_c/crookedmile.htm (The Crooked Mile) ran for 160 performances at the Cambridge Theatre in 1959-60 and https://guidetomusicaltheatre.com/Shows-A/8/ (Ace of Clubs) also ran at the Cambridge, for 211 performances in 1950. The Crooked Mile consolidated the UK career of Millicent Martin. Here is some https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/the-crooked-mile-publicity-material/ (publicity material) from the show. Ace of Clubs was written by Noel Coward, the MD was Mantovani and Graham Payn and Pat Kirkwood starred. Allegedly, https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/pat-kirkwood.jpg (Pat Kirkwood) allegedly had an alleged affair with Prince Philip, allegedly. Allegedly. Graham Payn was Noel Coward's long-term partner. Here's some https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/ace-of-clubs-publicity-material/ (publicity material) from the show. The Crooked Mile was based on Peter Wildeblood's novel "https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30636335309andcm_mmc=ggl-_-UK_Shopp_RareStandard-_-product_id=bi%3A%2030636335309-_-keyword=andgclid=Cj0KCQiA3fiPBhCCARIsAFQ8QzXc0ZOOokYMLnZ47orU2ITibWAv1jMXuDWS73EiMm8Fq3Y7sTqO3icaAki6EALw_wcB#andgid=undefinedandpid=1 (West End People)". I can't afford it so have put it on my list for Santa. We have another podcast coming out! Starting in March, a series of screenings and QandAs will take place at the https://www.kinodigital.co.uk/cinema-venues/kino-bermondsey/ (Kino Cinema) in Bermondsey which will be magically turned into a podcast a few days after each one. Follow the podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com ( KinoQuickies.com), follow us on https://twitter.com/KinoQuickies (Twitter )and we'd love to have you come to a screening. All you have to do is buy a https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kino-quickies-tickets-254643364157 (ticket). The originator of Soho Bites, https://twitter.com/jinganyoung (Dr Jingan Young), has a new book coming out all about.... guess what? Films set in Soho! Get your copy at https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/philosophy-psychology-social-sciences/soho-on-screen-cinematic-spaces-of,jingan-young-peter-bradshaw-9781800734777 (Foyles). Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a...
Jan 22
52 min
Soho Bites 31: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Episode 31: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Jonathan Foster on the Prince Charles Cinema In this festive special, we’re talking about the much loved Christmas classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) which, according to this article, is https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/the-muppet-christmas-carol (the greatest film ever made). In the first half of the show we meet up with Jonanathan Foster. He works at the Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square and is the co-host of the Pod Charles Cinecast. The PCC is renowned for its special event screenings including its https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/WhatsOn?f=13427144 (Muppet Christmas Carol Singalongs) which are are wildly popular. In the second half we’re off to a festive get-together of podcasters to find out what they think about The Muppet Christmas Carol (spoiler – everybody loves it, obvs) Muppet Christmas Carol https://youtu.be/JXaVI60BFJM (trailer) Different versions of the film have been released over the years. Read about those differences in https://www.filmstories.co.uk/features/the-muppet-christmas-carol-and-its-three-lost-musical-numbers/ (this article) by Mark Harrison. This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Charles_Cinema (Wikipedia article) about the history The Prince Charles Cinema is worth a read and you can check out the current PPC season and book tickets on its https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Home (website). You can also follow the PCC on https://twitter.com/thepcclondon (Twitter). The cinema also has a podcast called https://twitter.com/ThePCCPodcast (The Pod Charles Cinecast) co-hosted by this episode’s guest, https://twitter.com/TALL4ALL (Jonathan). A lot of people graced the Soho Bites microphone in the second half of the show talking about The Muppet Christmas Carol – many of whom (but not all) are connected to the https://twitter.com/tptvpodcast (Talking Pictures TV podcast). Click below for their Twitters… https://twitter.com/Audiojoe (Adam) https://twitter.com/KinoJoan (Dani) https://twitter.com/nash_helenanash (Helena) https://twitter.com/KevFComicArtist (Kev) https://twitter.com/mmiletours (Murder Mile Mike) https://twitter.com/stevesalesnoble (Shameful Steve) https://twitter.com/FilmswithT (Tracy) Phil is not on Twitter Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Dec 13, 2021
35 min
Soho Bites 30: Good-Time Girl (1948)
Episode 30: Good-Time Girl (1948) and Josephine Botting of the BFI on Jean Kent Good-Time Girl is a post war UK film noir with three main locations – Lambeth, Soho and “Soho-On-Sea” (AKA Brighton). James Harrison of https://www.southwestsilents.com/ (South West Silents) and https://www.southwestsilents.com/filmnoiruk (Film Noir UK) joins Dom to talk about the film and about Film Noir UK. The star of Good-Time Girl is Jean Kent, known throughout the 1940s and beyond as UK film’s “bad girl”. To talk about Jean’s life and career, we drop in to the BFI to meet up with curator, Josephine Botting. For a few years before she became famous, Jean Kent worked as a Windmill girl. https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/jean-windmill.jpg (This scan) is from the autobiography of Vivian Van Damm, the long term producer at the Windmill, who sacked Jean for being “immature” and “lacking personality”. He later realised he had made a mistake! Our guest, Jo Botting, met Jean Kent in 2011 for a special screening of Jean’s 1946 romantic drama https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037578/?ref_=ttmi_tt (Caravan). Here’s the https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/jo-jean.jpg (photographic proof) of that meeting…. In 2011, not long before she died, Jean’s 90th birthday was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSqh31eDEuU (celebrated on local TV). In https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVI-J8KEUWM (this clip) from Good-Time Girl, Gwen meets Rosso for the first time – a meeting that ultimately has unfortunate consequences for Gwen. Good-Time Girl was based on a novel by Arthur La Bern called, “Night Darkens the Streets”. La Bern also wrote, “It Always Rains on Sunday” which was adapted https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040481/ (for the screen) and “Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square” upon which, Alfred Hitchcock’s “https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068611/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 (Frenzy)” was based. Night Darkens the Streets is now out of print and the cheapest available copy online was £47 when last checked, so here’s https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/book-cover.jpg (a picture of the cover) for free. Interesting article by Josephine Botting and https://www.bfi.org.uk/articles/author/84263e24-a82c-5868-a44e-d5b42a74d73c (Sarah Castagnetti) about the co-writer of Good Time Girl, https://www.bfi.org.uk/features/muriel-box-good-time-girl-street-corner (Muriel Box) Good-Time Girl is available to view for free on the brillant https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-good-time-girl-1947-online (BFI Player) Although not always in perfect quality, there are several Jean Kent films available on the Interent Archive including https://archive.org/details/15062tbv (The Browning Version) and https://archive.org/details/c4498710322 (Caravan). Find more https://archive.org/search.php?query=jean%20kentandand%5B%5D=mediatype%3A%22movies%22 (HERE) You can follow both https://twitter.com/reeljobotting (Josephine Botting) and the https://twitter.com/BFI (BFI )on Twitter https://twitter.com/jamesmjharrison (James Harrison) is also on Twitter and so are https://twitter.com/SWSilents (South West Silents) and https://twitter.com/FilmNoirUK (Film Noir UK) You can also find both organisations on the same https://www.southwestsilents.com/ (website) Have a look at some of the locations in Good-Time Girl, courtesy of our friends at https://www.reelstreets.com/films/good-time-girl/ (Reelstreets). Since publishing the episode, https://twitter.com/CeeChampion (Caroline Champion) got in touch pointing out that Jean was in an episode of Steptoe and Son in 1970. She plays Daphne who finds herself at the centre of an unlikely love triangle. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, the whole episode is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2gQpeYb1jc (HERE). Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny...
Nov 12, 2021
49 min
Soho Bites 29: Absolute Beginners (1986)
Episode 29: Absolute Beginners (1986) and Aidan McManus on Bowie’s Soho In this Bowie special, we talk to Del Pike about the much maligned Absolute Beginners (1986) - was the critical mauling justified? And Aiden McManus returns to the show to talk about Bowie's pre-fame years in Soho. Arriving on cinema screens on the back of an inordinate amount of pre-publicity in 1986, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090585/ (Absolute Beginners) was, notoriously, an instantaneous disaster at the box office and was ripped to shreds by the critics. Thirty years later, freelance writer, https://twitter.com/del_pike (Del Pike) wrote an article entitled “Absolute Beginners at 30 – Was it Really So Bad?” so we had to get him on the show to talk about the film that ruined the studio that made it. Although not the star of Absolute Beginners, David Bowie provided the theme song and was a major feature of the pre-release publicity campaign. Twenty years before that, he was a struggling musician trying to make it big, and was deeply in involved in the Soho music scene. https://twitter.com/mcmanus_aidan (Aidan McManus) returns to the podcast to talk about Bowie’s Soho years. Interesting article in the https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/sep/21/how-we-made-absolute-beginners-julien-temple-patsy-kensit (Guardian) about the making of Absolute Beginners Read Del Pike’s 1986 article asking if Absolute Beginners was https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2016/08/absolute-beginners-30-really-bad/ (really so bad). Follow Aidan McManus on https://twitter.com/FlipLondonTours (Twitter), book a scheduled or bespoke https://www.flipsidelondontours.com/ (tour) with him and listen to his https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/ (radio show) Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Oct 25, 2021
47 min
Soho Bites 28: Value for Money (1955)
Episode 28: Value for Money (1955) and Nigel Hamilton-Walker on “Dandy Kim” We look at two extraordinary lives in this episode. The film under discussion is https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048772/ (Value for Money (1955)) about a naive northern man played by John Gregson who becomes captivated by a glamorous West End showgirl played by Diana Dors. Hmm…. https://www.sohobitespodcast.com/episode/soho-bites-5-rattle-of-a-simple-man-1964 (sounds familiar….) We meet Diana’s biographer, Anna Cale, to talk about the film and about the star’s tumultuous private life. Value for Money is on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-16s9dfHV4 (YouTube) As is this two part biopic of Diana - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOEEL2SV9Ak (Blonde Bombshell) One of Diana’s early boyfriends was Michael Caborn-Waterfield, known colloquially as “Dandy Kim”. The name Kim was originally given to him by nuns at his prep school to distinguish him from another Michael, a Mike and a Mick. It was Diana who dubbed him “Dandy” because of his taste in clothes and it stuck. Dandy Kim was best known for being the founder of Ann Summers but he was infamous well before that. We talk to his biographer, Nigel Hamilton-Walker Read the obituary of Dandy Kim published on the website of his Alma Mater, https://1865.cranleigh.org/michael-caborn-waterfield/ (Cranleigh School) What on earth is https://kirkleescousins.co.uk/shoddy-and-mungo/ (Shoddy and Mungo)? Don’t buy Anna Cale’s, “The Real Diana Dors” from Amazon – Jeff Bezoz definitely doesn’t need your money. Buy it https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Real-Diana-Dors-Hardback/p/19091 (directly from the publishers) and get a discount while you’re at it. Read Nigel Hamilton-Walker’s biography of Dandy Kim on his https://www.inkitt.com/stories/drama/629750 (Inkitt site) Presumably for a limited time only, there appears to be one copy of Kim’s late 60s pioneering sex manual, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Variations-on-a-Sexual-Theme-by-Terence-Hendrickson-1970s-Vintage-/153832716663 (Variations on a Sexual Theme) available to buy on Ebay. Don’t be fooled by the author’s name – he wrote it under a pseudonym to avoid publicity from the tabs. Snap it up while you can! Follow Anna Cale on https://twitter.com/real_meaning (Twitter) Have a look at the the and now locations of Value for Money courtesy of our friends at https://www.reelstreets.com/films/value-for-money/ (Reelstreets) Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Sep 24, 2021
50 min
Soho Bites 27: Saturday Night Revue (1937)
Episode 27: Saturday Night Revue (1937)and Rob Baker on “Snakehips” Johnson and the Bombing of the Cafe de Paris https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-lawrence-napper (Dr Lawrence Napper) of Kings College London met up with Dom to discuss 1937’s https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160813/ (Saturday Night Revue). Starring https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0336931/?ref_=nm_mv_close (Sally Gray) and https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0590652/ (Billy Milton), it’s a role call of some long forgotten cabaret and variety acts of the day. That doesn’t sound promising but it’s great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__7uo3mfen8 (Short clip) from Saturday Night Revue. Not sure why they chose this bit to promote the film... The plot revolves around two night clubs, both called “Moons”. One is in Soho and the other is in Mayfair and is based on the Cafe de Paris. In the first half of the show, author Rob Baker returns to the show to tell us about the terrible night during World War 2 that the Cafe de Paris was bombed. A very popular performer at the Cafe de Paris was Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and he has an uncredited cameo in Saturday Night Revue. Ken gave this https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06bsp3f (interview) to the BBC in 1940. The unexpected star of Saturday Night Revue is not even an actor – he’s a BBC producer and presenter called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Watt_(broadcaster) (John Watt) who plays himself. His wife wrote a biography of him which was published in 1964 and it contains https://sohobitespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/john-watt.jpg (this picture.) One of the characters in Saturday Night Revue is a sound engineer at the BBC at “Radio House” (yes I know it’s called Broadcasting House – for some reason they call it Radio House in the film). There are references in the film to broadcasts of nightingales and this were a real thing. Read an article about them https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35861899 (HERE). We have another returnee to the show – https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/contributor/richard-luck/ (Richard Luck) of the https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/ (New European) pops in to enthuse about his https://pictures.abebooks.com/inventory/30116407163.jpg (home town). If you’re not lucky enough to bag yourself a copy of Saturday Night Revue in our competition (listen to the episode for details) you can always spend money one it at https://networkonair.com/all-products/2017-saturday-night-revue (Network). Dr Lawrence Napper, this episode’s film expert, is a lecturer on Film Studies at Kings College London. Check out his details and published works on the https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-lawrence-napper (KCL website) and follow Lawrence on https://twitter.com/norloll (Twitter). Visit Rob Baker’s websites: http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/ (Another Nickel in the Machine) and https://flashbak.com/ (FlashBak), check out his fascinating https://www.pinterest.co.uk/mrnickel/ (Pinterest) site and follow him on https://twitter.com/robnitm (Twitter). You can also buy his books https://www.amberley-books.com/community-rob-baker (directly from the publisher). Follow Richard Luck on https://twitter.com/RMGLUCK2017 (Twitter), checkout out his https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/contributor/richard-luck/ (contributions )to The New European and listen to his https://www.sohobitespodcast.com/episode/soho-bites-20-the-shakedown-1960 (previous appearance) on the Soho Bites. Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Aug 10, 2021
53 min
Soho Bites 26: Too Hot to Handle (1960)
Episode 26: Too Hot to Handle (1960) and Graham Russell on the Lobotomy Room For the first part of episode 26, we headed out to https://www.fontaines.bar/ (Fontaines) bar in Dalston (Stoke Newington if you’re an estate agent, Dalston if you’re “street”) to catch a screening of the kitsch, sexploitation B movie from 1960, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053365/ (Too Hot to Handle). The film was one of two that its star, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543790/?ref_=tt_ov_st (Jayne Mansfield), made in the UK that year. Jayne plays Midnight Franklin an exotic dancer at the The Pink Flamingo club in Soho and https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0312890/?ref_=tt_ov_st (Leo Genn) plays her love interest, Johnny Solo (there’s only a 28 year age difference so that’s fine then). https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000489/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 (Christopher Lee) plays the club’s sinister manager, Novak, and Austrian actor https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003337/?ref_=tt_ov_st (Karlheinz Böhm) plays a French reporter writing a feature on Soho nightlife. Chirpy, cockney national treasure, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934774/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t10 (Barbara Windsor) turns up in the film as chirpy, American(!) exotic dancer, Ponytail. The screening was put on as part of “Lobotomy Room” – a regular film night at Fontaines run by Graham Russell. Too Hot to Handle was made in Eastman Colour but the only prints in circulation (that haven’t been dubbed into German) are in black and white. Here’s a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQc1HUndP0E (taster of the colour version). We spoke to Graham briefly after the screening but met up with him in the glorious Soho sunshine a couple of days later to discuss his love of Too Hot to Handle and its star, Jayne Mansfield. Because you probably missed the screening at the Lobotomy Room, here’s the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ84EBpKEFg (full film) in all its black and white glory. Find out more about the Lobotomy Room https://www.facebook.com/Lobotomy-Room-972558589452637/ (HERE) Or follow Graham on https://twitter.com/bitter69uk (Twitter) for news of upcoming screenings at the Lobotomy Room and check out his sleazy, trashy http://graham-russell.blogspot.com/ (Blog). Read an interview with Graham https://todolist.london/interview-graham-russell-cult-dj-promoter/ (HERE) And if you’d care to venture to Dalston / Stoke Newington, have a cocktail at https://www.fontaines.bar/ (Fontaines). Most scenes in Too Hot to Handle, even the Soho street scenes, is shot in a studio. Have a look at the few genuine locations on https://www.reelstreets.com/films/too-hot-to-handle/ (Reelstreets). The originator of Soho Bites, https://twitter.com/jinganyoung (Dr Jingan Young), has launched a new research project. Find out all about it on the http://www.citiesincinema.co.uk/ (Cities in Cinema) website and follow the project on https://twitter.com/Citiesincinema (Twitter). Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Jul 11, 2021
40 min
Soho Bites 25: The Golden Disc (1958)
Episode 25: The Golden Disc (1958) and Garth Cartwright on Soho record shops The theme of episode 25 is record shops. Soho was, for a long time (and arguably still is?) THE place to go to buy records of all genres with dozens of shops packed closely together. In the first half of the show, Dom talks to Garth Cartwright, the author of two books about record shops, about the history of the Soho record shop scene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru25udwTOeo (Kenny Lynch in Soho), including his shop, The Kenny Lynch Record Centre on Walker’s Court In the second half of the show. Ken Hollings talks about the 1958 B Movie, The Golden Disc – known in the US as The In Between Age. Starring Lee Patterson as Harry, Mary Steele as Joan and Terry Dene as Terry Dene, it’s a tale of https://olaf.bbm.de/nummer-19-ken-hollings-on-the-concept-of-brexit-covid-exceptional-success (Exceptional Success) as our heroes take a failing greasy spoon cafe and turn it first into a groovy coffee bar, then a record shop and finally a record label. We couldn’t find a trailer for The Golden Disc but here’s a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAoF4f-QFl4andamp;list=PLfY8Yi7F1iaY2v8R2xRdJUktaGEkbQMn8andamp;index=1 (short extract) from the film Here’s a short biography of https://www.allmusic.com/artist/terry-dene-mn0001569055 (Terry Dene) and he has a https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-jnKPqQGhRtleQIIar5zpw/featured (YouTube channel)! Renown Films (otherwise knows as the great Talking Pictures TV) have a CD for sale of Terry’s music. You can buy your copy https://www.allmusic.com/artist/terry-dene-mn0001569055 (HERE) You can buy Garth Cartwright’s books on record shops https://www.foyles.co.uk/all?term=garth+cartwright (HERE), check out his https://www.garthcartwright.com/ (website) and follow him on https://twitter.com/garthcart1 (Twitter). There’s a great website called http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/ (The British Record Shop Archive) on which you can read about some of the shops and characters mentioned by Garth including http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/soho-record-centrealex-strickland.html (Alex Strickland), http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/harlequin-london.html (Harlequin Records), http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/dobells.html (Dobells) and http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/dobells.html (Collets). And have a look at this map of https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHv9-TtWsAAlkT-?format=jpgandname=medium (Soho record shops). Ken Hollings has a http://kenhollings.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-german-artist-and-author-olaf-arndt.html (blog) and of course he’s on https://twitter.com/Hollingsville (Twitter). Read Ken’s essay on the The Golden Disc and the concept of https://olaf.bbm.de/nummer-19-ken-hollings-on-the-concept-of-brexit-covid-exceptional-success (Exceptional Success). Discover some of the locations in The Golden Disc (apart from the scenes shot in Walton Studios) on https://www.reelstreets.com/films/golden-disc-the/ (Reelstreets). The originator of Soho Bites, https://twitter.com/jinganyoung (Dr Jingan Young), has launched a new research project. Find out all about it on the http://www.citiesincinema.co.uk/ (Cities in Cinema) website and follow the project on https://twitter.com/Citiesincinema (Twitter). Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)
Jun 21, 2021
48 min
Soho Bites 24: Something in the City (1950)
Episode 24: Something in the City (1950) and David Boyd Haycock on Augustus John The theme of Episode 24 is painting and painters, of which Soho has seen many. In the first half of the programme, http://davidboydhaycock.blogspot.com/ (David Boyd Haycock) joins Dom in the https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/leicester-arms-piccadilly/ (Leicester Arms) on Glasshouse Street to talk about the so called “King of Bohemia”, the artist, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_John (Augustus John). John was described by one of his tutors as the greatest draftsman since Michelangelo – high praise indeed! https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/tallulah.png (Lovely photograph) of Augustus John in 1929 with Tallulah Bankhead and his painting of her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGk9q3L1VoM (Short film) about Augustus John from the Pathe “Picture Personalities” series. In the second half of the show, writer and broadcaster, https://a2-images.myspacecdn.com/images03/25/5744e157d67f4d52afcee1ccc65d50e0/600x600.jpg (Mark Brisenden), talks about the 1950 comedy, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042986/ (Something in the City) starring http://www.turnipnet.com/whirligig/tv/children/other/mrpastry.htm (Richard Hearne). Richard Hearne was incredibly famous in his day, mostly for his “Mr Pastry” character who was a staple of kids radio and TV throughout the 40s and 50s. Click https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/something-in-the-city-lobby-cards/ (HERE) to see a set of lobby cards and a flyer produced by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butcher%27s_Film_Service (Butchers films) to promote Something in the City. Richard Hearne in another https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrGXZ1paB1s (short film) from Pathe Follow David Boyd Haycock’s http://davidboydhaycock.blogspot.com/ (BLOG )and check out his https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Boyd-Haycock/e/B001JRTQYY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2andqid=1622755303andsr=1-2 (publications). You can follow Mark Brisenden on https://twitter.com/BrisendenMark (Twitter), buy all three series of https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flywheel-Shyster-Complete-Recreation-Brothers/dp/B07NBRBDC4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1VPMN7CBR23RUanddchild=1andkeywords=flywheel+shyster+and+flywheelandqid=1622755559andsprefix=flywheel+shyster%2Cdigital-text%2C171andsr=8-1 (Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel) on CD and download his recent book, https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B088HGQFG3/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 (Cybil Liberty: Radio Detective) inspired by the Golden Age of American Radio. It was whilst having a conversation with Phil from Reelstreets, that I first heard about the Something in the City and its particular Soho connection. Have a look at the locations from the film on the https://www.reelstreets.com/films/something-in-the-city/ (ReelStreets) website. Like many pubs, The Toucan has had a tough time during lockdown and will be affected for some time to come with restricted numbers meaning this small establishment will only be allowed to welcome a handful of people. Please consider donating to their Go Fund Me campaign to help https://www.gofundme.com/f/protect-the-toucan-soho (PROTECT THE TOUCAN) Buy the Mr Pastry Collection DVD box set, which includes Something in the City from https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/mrpastrycollection/ (Renown Pictures). The originator of Soho Bites, https://twitter.com/jinganyoung (Dr Jingan Young), has launched a new research project. Find out all about it on the http://www.citiesincinema.co.uk/ (Cities in Cinema) website and follow the project on https://twitter.com/Citiesincinema (Twitter). Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com Leave us a https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (rating and review) Please make a teeny weeny https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (donation)=
Jun 3, 2021
48 min
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