Saturday 24 February 2024

1962, Film; Crooks Anonymous

The British comedy "Crooks Anonymous" was released in April 1962. The film was directed by Ken Annakin with a screenplay by Jack Davies and Henry Blyth. Main stars are Leslie Phillips as Dandy Forsdyke, Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes, Wilfrid Hyde-White as Senior Brother Montague and Julie Christie as Babette La Verne. The music was composed by George Martin and Muir Mathieson .

Crooks Anonymous Poster

Synopsis
Captain "Dandy Forsdyke" (Leslie Phillips) is a pathological thief, he subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-convict Brother Widdowes (Stanley Baxter) and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent girlfriend Babette La Verne (Julie Christie) promises that she'll marry him if he's cured...

Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke
Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes and Julie Christie as Babette La Verne
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Senior Brother Montague
Julie Christie as Babette La Verne and Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke

Main cast

  • Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke (real name Fred Cox)
  • Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White as Senior Brother Montague
  • Julie Christie as Babette La Verne
  • James Robertson Justice as Sir Harvey Russelrod
  • Michael Medwin as Ronnie Bassett
  • Pauline Jameson as Sister Prunella
  • Robertson Hare as Grimsdale
  • Raymond Huntley as Wagstaffe
  • Dermot Kelly as Stanley
  • Norman Rossington as Bert
  • Harry Fowler as Woods
  • Charles Lloyd-Pack as Fletcher
  • Harold Goodwin as George
  • Harry Locke as Fred
  • Colin Gordon as drunk
  • Jeremy Lloyd as M.C. at the Peekaboo Club
  • Dennis Waterman as boy in park
Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes, Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke,
Pauline Jameson as Sister Prunella and Wilfrid Hyde-White as Senior Brother Montague
Michael Medwin as Ronnie Bassett, Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke
and Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes
Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke, Stanley Baxter as Brother Widdowes
Michael Medwin as Ronnie Bassett, Pauline Jameson as Sister Prunella
and Wilfrid Hyde-White as Senior Brother Montague
Leslie Phillips as Captain "Dandy" Forsdyke and Julie Christie as Babette La Verne

Trivia

  • Film debut of Julie Christie.

Monday 19 February 2024

1961, Car Spotting: Herengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Left to right

Unidentified car probably Peugeot 403, Panhard PL 17, Opel Rekord (P2), Opel (Olympia) Rekord Caravan (P1), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Type 1), Opel Kapitän (P2), DKW 3=6, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Type 1).

Thursday 15 February 2024

1960, Belgian Comics: Kuifje Magazine Volume 15 n°49

On December 8, 1960, volume 15 number 49 of the youth magazine "Kuifje" (original title "Tintin") is published by Lombard. The weekly "Kuifje" first appeared in 1946. In 1993, the publication was discontinued.

Kuifje Magazine Volume 15 n°49

Comics

  • "Een avontuur aangeboden door de Caraque Wafer Victoria" by ?
  • “Jari”: "Jari en het plan Z" by Raymond Reding
  • "De Zilveren Vlam" by Paul Cuvelier and Greg (Michel Regnier)
  • "Rock Derby": “Paniek in’t Paradijs” by Greg (Michel Regnier)
  • "Hassan en Kaddoer": "De Heksentoer" by Jacques Laudy
  • "De Witte Ruiter": "De verkochte kroon" by L. and F. Funcken (Fred and Liliane Funcken)
  • "De familie Pietersen": "Plannen-jacht" by Anjo (Jo Angenot)
  • "Michel Vaillant": "De 13 is aan de start!" by Jean Graton
  • "Blake en Mortimer": "De Duivelse Valstrik" by Edgar P. Jacobs
  • "Dan Cooper": "Het waagstuk" by A. Weinberg (Albert Weinberg)
  • "Bob Binn": "Bob Binn tegen XYZ" by A. Duchateau (André-Paul Duchâteau) and E. Aidans (Edouard Aidans)
  • "Het geheim van Gaspard Hauser" by Yves Duval and J.L. Fernan (José Lopez Fernandez)
  • "Clifton": "Clifton en de spionnen" by R. Macherot (Raymond Macherot)
  • "Ton en Tinneke": "De tafelschuimer" by Dino Attanasio

Een avontuur aangeboden door de Caraque Wafer Victoria
Jari en het plan Z
De Zilveren Vlam
Rock Derby: Paniek in’t Paradijs
Hassan en Kaddoer: De Heksentoer
De Witte Ruiter: De verkochte kroon
De familie Pietersen: Plannen-jacht
Michel Vaillant: De 13 is aan de start!
Blake en Mortimer: De Duivelse Valstrik
Dan Cooper: Het waagstuk
Bob Binn: Bob Binn tegen XYZ
Het geheim van Gaspard Hauser
Clifton: Clifton en de spionnen
Ton en Tinneke: De tafelschuimer

Non comics

  • "Schrijf eens een briefje"
  • "Mooie geschenken voor grote feestdagen"
  • "De pioniers van de zondvloed" by G. Bayard (Georges Bayard) and Berck (Arthur Berckmans)
  • "Het groot geheim" by ?
  • "Het kind is koning in het land van de Samoerai" by Bert Geerten
  • "Een Uilenspiegel" by ?
  • "Ons autopraatje": "Het Duitse antwoord op de Peugeot 404: de Ford Taunus 17 M" by ?
  • "Een praatje bij een plaatje": "Robert Schumann" by ?
  • "De 1.001 spelen van Cle D’Or koffie" by ?
  • "Spel en vermaak" by A. Duchateau (André-Paul Duchâteau) and E. Aidans (Edouard Aidans)
  • "De geschiednis van de wereld": "De Italiaanse eenheid" by A. J. Schoonjans and L. and F. Funcken (Fred and Liliane Funcken)
  • "Hallo! Hallo! Hier Luc Varenne": "De dans van de miljoenen" by Luc Varenne (Alphonse Tetaert)
Schrijf eens een briefje
Mooie geschenken voor grote feestdagen
De pioniers van de zondvloed
Het groot geheim
Het kind is koning in het land van de Samoerai
Een Uilenspiegel
Ons autopraatje: Het Duitse antwoord op de Peugeot 404: de Ford Taunus 17 M
Een praatje bij een plaatje: Robert Schumann
De 1.001 spelen van Cle D’Or koffie
Spel en vermaak
De geschiednis van de wereld: De Italiaanse eenheid
Hallo! Hallo! Hier Luc Varenne: De dans van de miljoenen

Full Magazine

Sunday 11 February 2024

1977, Television: Secret Army

The British / Belgian television series “Secret Army” premiered on 7 September 1977. The drama series was made by the BBC in cooperation with the Belgian national broadcaster BRT. It tells the story of a Belgian resistance movement in German-occupied Belgium during the Second World War. Made in the UK and Belgium three series were broadcast between 7 September 1977 and 15 December 1979.

Bernard Hepton as Albert Foiret and Jan Francis as Lisa 'Yvette' Colbert
Angela Richards as Monique Duchamps and Bernard Hepton as Albert Foiret
Clifford Rose as Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler

Secret Army was created by Gerard Glaister, a former RAF pilot, as a follow-up to Colditz, it loosely portrays the operations of WW II escape and evasion lines especially the Belgian-created Comet line led by the young Belgian Andrée de Jongh. The series followed the timeline of the war to show how it affected Belgium. Filming took place in Belgium, other locations were in London and Norfolk. The musical theme was composed by Robert Farnon.

Angela Richards as Monique Duchamps, Stephen Yardley as Max Brocard,
Juliet Hammond-Hill as Natalie Chantrens, Ron Pember as Alain Muny
and Bernard Hepton as Albert Foiret
Angela Richards as Monique Duchamps, Juliet Hammond-Hill as Natalie Chantrens
and Paul Shelley as Major Nick Bradley
Michael Culver as Major Erwin Brandt and Clifford Rose as Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler

Main Cast

  • Bernard Hepton as Albert Foiret
  • Jan Francis as Lisa 'Yvette' Colbert
  • Christopher Neame as John Curtis
  • Clifford Rose as Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler
  • Angela Richards as Monique Duchamps
  • Michael Culver as Major Erwin Brandt
  • Juliet Hammond-Hill as Natalie Chantrens
  • Valentine Dyall as Dr. Pascal Keldermans
  • Ron Pember as Alain Muny


Opening S01E01 Code Name 'Yvette'

Saturday 3 February 2024

1976, Car Spotting: Trafalgar-Square, London, UK

Left to right

First row, front to back
Unidentified coach, six London busses.

Second row, front to back
Vauxhall Viva HB, Hillman Hunter (Rootes Arrow), two unidentifiable cars.

Third row, front to back
Renault 5, Ford Anglia (105E), the rest is unidentifiable.

Fourth row, front to back
Ford Cortina Mk III Estate, Austin FX4 (Taxi), Austin / Morris 1100/1500 (BMC ADO16), unidentified car probably Austin (London Taxi), unidentified red car, Volvo 200 Series, Triumph Herald / Vitesse, unidentified van, Austin Morris Mini.

Monday 29 January 2024

1975, Science and Technology: Altair 8800

MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) produced one of the first PCs, the Altair 8800, with one kilobyte (KB) of memory. The computer could be ordered as a mail-order kit for 397€ or assembled for 562€.

Altair 8800
Altair 8800 connected to a terminal for programming and display output

The Altair 8800 was developed by Ed Roberts, based on the Intel 8080 CPU. It was the first commercially successful personal computer. The Altair could be programmed using its front-panel switches, or alternatively if it had a serial interface card installed, it could be connected to a terminal for programming and display output.

Ed Roberts

Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Monte Davidoff announced Altair BASIC, designed for the Altair computer, on January 2, 1975. The language became the first computer programming language for personal computers.

Altair 8800 advert
Altair 8800 advert

Sunday 21 January 2024

1974, Music: Belgian Single Charts 17/08/1974

N° 30
Cindy - Ik ben zo verliefd


- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Lloyd Heslop, Ramon Smith
- Highest Position: N° 6
- Weeks in the charts: 15
- Video clip



N° 29
Us - Music In The Air


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Traditional
- Highest Position: N° 27
- Weeks in the charts: 2
- Video clip



N° 28
Mouth & MacNeal - Ah! l'amore


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Frank Dostal, E. Lombardo, G. Sebastuanelli, Ermano Capelli, Hans van Hemert
- Highest Position: N° 28
- Weeks in the charts: 3
- Video clip


N° 27
Joe Harris - 'k Zing een lied, Violetta


- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Eddy Govert, Othmar Klose
- Highest Position: N° 20
- Weeks in the charts: 6
- Video clip


N° 26
Tony Sherman - Tonight


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Charles Robinson
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 8
- Video clip



N° 25
Hot Chocolate - Emma


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Errol Brown, Tony Wilson
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 11
- Video clip



N° 24
Jimmy Frey - Pappie nummer twee


- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Andy Free, Cahelo
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 11
- Video clip



N° 23
Earth & Fire - Love Of Life


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Gerard Koerts, Chris Koerts, Hans Ziech
- Highest Position: N° 20
- Weeks in the charts: 5
- Video clip


N° 22
Donna Summer - The Hostage


- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 10
- Video clip



N° 21
Slade - The Bangin' Man


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Noddy Holder, Jimmy Lea
- Highest Position: N° 18
- Weeks in the charts: 3
- Video clip



N° 20
Catapult - Let Your Hair Hang Down


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Elmer Veerhoff, Cornelis Bergman, Aart Mol, Erwin van Prehn, Geertjan Hessing
- Highest Position: N° 17
- Weeks in the charts: 8
- Video clip

N° 19
ABBA - Honey Honey


- Country: Sweden
- Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus
- Highest Position: N° 19
- Weeks in the charts: 10
- Video clip


N° 18
Lynsey De Paul - Ooh I Do


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Lynsey De Paul, Barry Ian Green
- Highest Position: N° 13
- Weeks in the charts: 7
- Video clip



N° 17
Nick MacKenzie - In Old Mexico


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: John Möring, Jack de Nijs, K. Naar
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 10
- Video clip



N° 16
Jackpot - One And One Is Two


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: A. Brikoos, H. Waltheim
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 12
- Video clip



N° 15
George Baker Selection - (Fly Away) Little Paraquayo


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Hans Bouwens
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 15
- Video clip


N° 14
Charles Aznavour - She


- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 12
- Video clip



N° 13
Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us


- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Ron Mael
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 12
- Video clip


N° 12
Willy Sommers - Blijf nog een uurtje bij mij


- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Armath
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 12
- Video clip


N° 11
Freddy Breck - Die Sonne geht auf


- Country: West Germany
- Music/Lyrics: Traditional, Kurt Feltz, Heinz Gietz
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 16
- Video clip



N° 10
Terry Jacks - If You Go Away


- Country: Canada
- Music/Lyrics: Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 11
- Video clip



N° 9
Resonance - O.K. Chicago


- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Pierre Bachelet, Mat Camison, Andrew Bascon
- Highest Position: N° 6
- Weeks in the charts: 18
- Video clip


N° 8
Ricky Gordon - Such A Night


- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Lincoln Chase
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 24
- Video clip



N° 7
The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat


- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Wally Holmes
- Highest Position: N° 6
- Weeks in the charts: 12
- Video clip


N° 6
Jack Jersey - Papa Was A Poor Man


- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Jack de Nijs, H. Haast
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 13
- Video clip


N° 5
Mud - Rocket


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 14
- Video clip



N° 4
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby


- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 18
- Video clip



N° 3
The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 16
- Video clip



N° 2
Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died


- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Peter Callander, Mitch Murray
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 14
- Video clip


N° 1
Dalida - Gigi l'amoroso (Gigi l'amour)


- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Lana Sebastian, Michaële, Paul Sebastian
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 19
- Video clip