Sid James Treasures on Talking Pictures TV
Taking a look at some of the lesser-known film appearances of Sid James, which can now be seen on the wonderful Talking Pictures TV channel.
|Talking Pictures TV|
To many people, Sid James is the ever-cheerful face of the Carry On films, with a permanent mischievous twinkle in the eye and a gloriously throaty laugh on standby. Whether he was the exasperated figure of authority desperately trying to keep control of unruly underlings, a black-clad villain terrorising the Old West or lovable rogue forever 'on the pull', audiences could not get enough of their man Sid. There can be little doubt that Sid's performances in the Carry On series made him a true star.
However, Sid's status as King of the Carry Ons often overshadows his previous reputation as King of the Character Actors. During the late forties and throughout the fifties, Sid James was one of the busiest actors in the British film industry, his reliability and ultra-professionalism earning him the nickname One-Take James. From pub landlords and boxing promoters to jovial policemen and worldly-wise crooks, Sid James was the number-one choice for casting directors looking to fill small to medium size roles in British films of the time.
Many of these wonderful Sid James performances have remained relatively unseen in recent years, due to non-availability on DVD and a lack of visibility on television. However, that has now all changed, thanks to the wonderful people at Talking Pictures TV.
Available on Freesat 306, Freeview Channel 81, Youview 81 and Sky channel 343, Talking Pictures TV is a kaleidoscope of rare and warmly nostalgic silver-screen gems.
Sid James fans are well-catered for on Talking Pictures TV..Here are just a few of the treats available.
Black Memory (1947)
|Black Memory (1947)|
Time Gentlemen, Please (1952)
|Time Gentlemen, Please (1952)|
Orders are Orders (1955)
|Orders are Orders (1955)|
Hell Drivers (1957)
|Hell Drivers (1957)|
Tommy the Toreador (1959)
|Tommy the Toreador (1959)|
Desert Mice (1959)
|Desert Mice (1959)|
Sid is the embodiment of Max Miller here, all check trousers, cheeky patter and mischievous smile. Forever looking on the bright side of life and happily entertaining the troops with songs about jellied eels and pigs trotters, he is the eternal optimist and perhaps a metaphor for the never-say-die attitude of the British nation during the dark days of the war. It really is a fine performance from our man Sid.
|The Big Job (1965)|