Richard Todd, donning his best chummy persona and obviously still basking in the glow of a then-recent Oscar nomination, takes the viewing audience on a brisk trot through the story of Elstree Studios - a studio that is still a going concern and now in the home straight to celebrating its centenary. Running at just under an hour, what it lacks in duration it compensates for in sparkle, with clips that showcase the evergreen talents of Will Hay, James Mason, John Mills, Margaret Lockwood, Googie Withers, Laurence Oliver and many more.
While the main feature is more of an excuse to wallow in nostalgia than anything else, Revisiting the Elstree Story - whilst only twenty minutes - is an excellent discourse on the history of the studio, the making of the film, the almost-making of a sequel in the 1980s and the preservation of the studios at a time when the then-current owner would have been happy enough to sell off the land and have it turned into car parks or supermarkets. Created by The Elstree Project, they easily demonstrate how interesting and absorbing a monologue can really be.
Richard Todd – Oscar-nominated for his role in The Hasty Heart in 1949 and perhaps best known for his portrayal of Wing Commander Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters – introduces this fascinating and rarely seen documentary from 1952. Elstree Story is a profile of the legendary film studio; of the pictures made there, and the stars and technicians who helped make it one of Europe’s greatest film production centres. Featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements Elstree Story is showcased in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Starting in 1927 when the first film, The White Sheik, was made there, Elstree Story features excerpts from over forty productions – including Hitchcock’s Blackmail, the first feature-length British talkie ever shown – with early appearances by some of cinema’s greatest stars; it is a most memorable and evocative journey through the years.
 Revisiting the Elstree Story
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- Number of Discs
- 1.33:1 / Black and White
- Mono / English
- 2 / PAL
- 61 mins approx