Acknowledgements page vii

A 1950s timeline viii

Celebrating British cinema of the 1950s ian mackillop and neil sinyard i


Raymond Durgnat and A Mirror for England robert murphy i

Lindsay Anderson: Sequence and the rise of auteurism in 1950s Britain erik hedling 23

Mirroring England

National snapshots: fixing the past in English war films fred inglis 35

Film and the Festival of Britain sarah easen 51

The national health: Pat Jackson's White Corridors Charles barr 64

The long shadow: Robert Hamer after Ealing philip kemp 74

'If they want culture, they pay': consumerism and alienation in 1950s comedies dave rolinson 87

Boys, ballet and begonias: The Spanish Gardener and its analogues alison platt 98

Intimate stranger: the early British films of Joseph Losey neil sinyard 111

Painfully squalid?

Women of Twilight kerry kidd 127

Yield to the Night melanie Williams 130

From script to screen: Serious Charge and film censorship tony aldgate 133 Housewife's choice: Woman in a Dressing Gown melanie Williams 143

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Too theatrical by half? The Admirable Crichton and Look Back in Anger stephen lacey 157

A Tale of Two Cities and the Cold War robert giddings 168

Value for money: Baker and Berman, and Tempean Films brian mcfarlane 176

Adaptable Terence Rattigan: Separate Tables, separate entities?

dominic shellard 190

Personal views

Archiving the 1950s bryony dixon 205

Being a film reviewer in the 1950s Isabel quigly 213

Michael Redgrave and The Mountebank's Tale corin redgrave 221


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