A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three-decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home-video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. 'The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection' redresses this imbalance. Featuring new transfers from the best available elements, in their correct aspect ratio, this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean's and Michael Balcon's tenure as studio head, making them available once more to the general public.
It Happened in Paris (1935) Whilst looking for artistic inspiration in Paris, a millionaire's son falls for a beautiful girl. Romantic complications arise when he feigns poverty in order to win her love.
Autumn Crocus (1934) In his final film role, Ivor Novello plays the married owner of a Tyrolean inn; Fay Compton is the holidaying schoolteacher who falls hopelessly in love with him.
The Dictator (1935) A drama depicting the stormy marriage of King Christian VII and his English consort, Caroline Matilda, and the Queen's tragic affair with the royal physician, Struensee.
Secret Lives (1937) A powerful World War I drama tracing the life of a German-born woman who is trained by the French as a spy, but pays a heavy price for her apparent freedom.