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John Mills: The Centenary Collection Volume 1 (9 DVD Box Set) John Mills: The Centenary Collection Volume 1 (9 DVD Box Set)

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Eight classic films starring John Mills

Eight classic films starring John Mills

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Box set of films starring John Mills, hailed as one of Britain's greatest screen actors of the 20th Century.

Great Expectations (1946) is the classic film version of Charles Dickens' novel, directed by David Lean, in which orphan Pip (Anthony Wager) befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of Miss Havisham and her niece Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible.

In The October Man (1947), a young man (Mills) is accused of murdering a model. He fights to prove his innocence to the police, society and himself, as he has a history of mental instability which makes him doubt himself.

In Morning Departure (1950), based on the play by Kenneth Woollard, the crew of a submarine, led by Lt. Commander Armstrong (Mills), is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. Will they be rescued before they run out of air? 

Waterloo Road (1945) is a story of ordinary people in wartime that stars Mills as a soldier gone AWOL, and Stewart Granger as the cad out to seduce his wife.

Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in In Which We Serve (1942), a patriotic piece of World War II propaganda about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Mills plays Ordinary Seaman 'Shorty' Blake.

We Dive at Dawn (1943) is a World War 2 drama that highlights the characters (all aged only between 19 and 23 years) as much as the actual events. The British submarine Sea Tiger's crew is looking forward to a long shore-leave after months at sea. However, their break is cut short when they are ordered to pursue and sink the German battleship Brandenburg. The crew's sub-Commander (Mills) struggles to fulfil the mission despite discovering that the battleship is heavily defended. Along the way, Sea Tiger encounters many obstacles and once the crew has attempted to sink the battleship, they face a frantic escape bid with dwindling fuel.

In Flame in the Streets (1961), trade union rep Jacko (Mills) has to confront the prejudices of some of his members when he stands up for black workers at his company. However, when he discovers that his daughter (Sylvia Sims) wants to marry black colleague Peter (Johnny Sekka), he must in turn confront his own prejudices, and those of his racist wife Nell (Brenda De Banzie). Also stars Earl Cameron.

In The History of Mr Polly (1949), Mills stars as Alfred Polly. Recently sacked from his job, he inherits money from his father, thus enabling him to take a bike tour of the country. He falls in love but it all does not go smoothly and Alfred ends up marrying his cousin, Miriam (Betty Ann Davies). They set up a draper's shop in a small town. Things turn sour and they face bankruptcy and boredom, causing increasing despair for Mr Polly. But ensuing events bring about a return to the road..

Presented in a 9 disc DVD box set.

Box set of films starring John Mills, hailed as one of Britain's greatest screen actors of the 20th Century.

Great Expectations (1946) is the classic film version of Charles Dickens' novel, directed by David Lean, in which orphan Pip (Anthony Wager) befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of Miss Havisham and her niece Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible.

In The October Man (1947), a young man (Mills) is accused of murdering a model. He fights to prove his innocence to the police, society and himself, as he has a history of mental instability which makes him doubt himself.

In Morning Departure (1950), based on the play by Kenneth Woollard, the crew of a submarine, led by Lt. Commander Armstrong (Mills), is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. Will they be rescued before they run out of air? 

Waterloo Road (1945) is a story of ordinary people in wartime that stars Mills as a soldier gone AWOL, and Stewart Granger as the cad out to seduce his wife.

Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in In Which We Serve (1942), a patriotic piece of World War II propaganda about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Mills plays Ordinary Seaman 'Shorty' Blake.

We Dive at Dawn (1943) is a World War 2 drama that highlights the characters (all aged only between 19 and 23 years) as much as the actual events. The British submarine Sea Tiger's crew is looking forward to a long shore-leave after months at sea. However, their break is cut short when they are ordered to pursue and sink the German battleship Brandenburg. The crew's sub-Commander (Mills) struggles to fulfil the mission despite discovering that the battleship is heavily defended. Along the way, Sea Tiger encounters many obstacles and once the crew has attempted to sink the battleship, they face a frantic escape bid with dwindling fuel.

In Flame in the Streets (1961), trade union rep Jacko (Mills) has to confront the prejudices of some of his members when he stands up for black workers at his company. However, when he discovers that his daughter (Sylvia Sims) wants to marry black colleague Peter (Johnny Sekka), he must in turn confront his own prejudices, and those of his racist wife Nell (Brenda De Banzie). Also stars Earl Cameron.

In The History of Mr Polly (1949), Mills stars as Alfred Polly. Recently sacked from his job, he inherits money from his father, thus enabling him to take a bike tour of the country. He falls in love but it all does not go smoothly and Alfred ends up marrying his cousin, Miriam (Betty Ann Davies). They set up a draper's shop in a small town. Things turn sour and they face bankruptcy and boredom, causing increasing despair for Mr Polly. But ensuing events bring about a return to the road..

Presented in a 9 disc DVD box set.

Extras

Documentary: Sir John Mills' Moving Memories

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SKU 5037115274533
Catalogue Number 3711527453
Product contents 9 discs
Year 1946 - 1961
Director David Lean, Roy Ward Baker, Sidney Gilliat, Noël Coward, Anthony Asquith, Anthony Pelissier
Format DVD
Publisher(s) ITV DVD
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 482 min total
DVD region 2
Certificate PG

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