Episode 12

Kino Quickies 12 - Scrooge (1935) with Ming Ho

Published on: 21st December, 2022

Scrooge (1935) was the subject of our Christmas special and the last Kino Quickie of the season.

It's the first ever talkie version of A Christmas Carol and stars Seymour Hicks, a man who had played the part hundreds of times before, on both stage and screen.

It's not this Seymour Hicks though.

Our guest for the Q&A was the playright and screenwriter, Ming Ho.

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The Kino Cinema was packed to the rafters which made the second half of the Q&A all the more enjoyable as it was given over to some festive community singing led by a top secret mystery special guest.

The best way to watch Scrooge (unless you happen to catch it on Talking Pictures TV or TPTV Encore) is to buy the DVD of the 1951 Alastair Sim version from Renown Films, because the Seymour Hicks version is included as a bonus extra feature.

Ming's research for the Q&A went above and beyond and she turned up all sorts of interesting nuggets of information much of which was found in THIS BOOK. Unfortuantley it's extremely expensive at the moment but is available to read in the BFI Library.

She also stumbled upon this - a record of the time Seymour Hicks's beloved wife and business partner, Ellaline Terris, appeared on This is Your Life.

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

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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 expert sound engineer was the ever dependable 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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