The Real Belle of St Trinian's
By (author) Mark Simpson
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Alastair Sim by Mark Simpson
Book DescriptionThis biography contains original contributions from over 30 actors/actresses including Sir Ian McKellen, Ronnie Corbett, Ian Carmichael, Derek Fowlds, John Standing, George Cole, Stephen Fry and John Fisher (who produced a film on Alastair Sim in his series: 'Heroes of Comedy'). It is supported by extensive research including an interview with the playwright Christopher Fry, information from people who worked on the film sets with Alastair, material from the Theatre museum archives and original reviews from theatre magazines, newspapers and various other publications. It examines Alastair's roles in the Quota Quickie films of the 1930s/40s before he became established as the most idiosyncratic star of screen in such famous British comedies as "The Happiest Days of Your Life" and the "Belles of St Trinians". It goes on to explain why his popularity suddenly waned as the cinemagoers taste for the risque evolved during the latter part of the 1950s. This book also explores Alastair's life outside of films including his marriage to Naomi Sim - whom he first met when she was 12, his extensive work on stage, including his theatrical endeavours with James Bridie, his champion of the 'youth' and his stalwart refusal to sign autographs. It is the only book in the market dedicated to Alastair Sim, and includes a bibliography and film section. The author has a large collection of memorabilia which will hopefully be suitable to use to illustrate the book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750949668
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Alastair Sim, Paperback (September 2009)
Alastair Sim was an enigmatic character both on and off the screen. His idiosyncratic style of acting in films such as "The Belles of St Trinian's" endeared him to a cinema-going audience desperate to escape the day-to-day dreariness of an invasive, bureaucratic post-war Britain. This title examines the life of this man.
Drugs in Britain, Hardback (November 2006)» View all books by Mark Simpson
Drawing on well-respected authors in the field, this textbook is at the cutting edge of current debates about illicit drug use. Comprehensive and straightforward, it examines the major theoretical questions, themes and policy debates. Contains study exercises to highlight important points to students.
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Author Biography - Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson is a government auditor, and an Alastair Sim enthusiast. He is experienced in giving talks/ lectures and is keen to help promote this book in any way that he can.
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