Episode 8

Kino Quickies 08 - The Impassive Footman (1932) with Mel Byron

Published on: 26th October, 2022

The Impassive Footman (1932), is the earliest film in Kino Quickies season 2. It's a tense melodrama about an unhappy marriage, a foiled affair and a doctor's dilemma, all watched over by a mysterious -you might even say impassive - footman.

The film stars George Curzon as the eponymous footman, Betty Stockfeld & Allan Jeayes as the married couple at the centre of the film and Owen Nares as dashing young doctor, Bryan Daventry.

NOBODY is credited as the film's director - the candidates are its producer, Basil Dean and Graham Cutts. We try to get to the bottom of this in the Q&A.

Our guest for the Q&A is comedian and host of the Talking Pictures TV Podcast, Mel Byron.

The TPTV podcast is mostly made up of reviews of upcoming films submitted by TPTV viewers. Mel and the team are always looking for new contributors - especially of the lady variety because it's currently a bit chap-heavy. If you'd like to take part, get in touch with them on Twitter, Facebook or by email.

And you can follow Mel on Twitter

The Impassive Footman is available as part of a DVD box set which you can buy here.

Your hosts at Kino Quickies screenings are Dom Delargy and Dr Lawrence Napper,

Book tickets for all future Kino quickies screening at our ticketing site.

Subscribe to our other film related podcast, Soho Bites and our non-film related one Mural Morsels.

Watch Lawrence's online talk about quota quickies - its title is controversial! Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made?

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Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the Cinema History Blog.

Well that was fascinating but now I want to find out more.

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They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their Twitter, Instagram and website.

Our sound engineer was Robin Warren AKA Robin The Fog - follow him on Twitter.

We are delighted to have received support from Talking Pictures TV - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, TPTV Encore

You can hear the trailer preview episode of Kino Quickies season two HERE.

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Kino Quickies
Screenings of 1930s "quota quickie" films plus Q&As with expert guests at the Kino Cinema in Bermondsey, South London. Come along, watch a film, have a drink and join in the discussion. Two days later it appears as a podcast.
The Kino was unexpectedly shut down in January so season three of Kino Quickies has been postponed. We will be hosting a one-off SOLD OUT screening of "The Gaunt Stranger" at The Garden Cinema, WC2 on October 8th.
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