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Jack's Return Home

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The majority of the film's music was composed by Roy Budd, a jazz pianist and composer, who had previously worked on soundtracks for Soldier Blue and Flight of the Doves. And, as it’s time once again for the Scientist Gone Wordy and I to add another of our duo posts to the series we started last year, we took advantage of the film’s 40th anniversary this month. Klinger had seen Mike Hodges' television film Suspect (1969) and immediately decided he was the ideal candidate to direct his new project. Carl Howard's character of the assassin, "J", is only identified by the initial on his ring, in his only film role, and an appropriate mystery surrounds his real identity.

He wrote a letter to MGM when he learned it was making the film in Newcastle, and he was invited to meet director Mike Hodges, who wanted to cast local actors. The town with no name became the fading industrial center of Newcastle (or Newcastle Upon Tyne, as it is now known). UA placed the film on the declining drive-in movie circuit, [1] where it played at the bottom of a double bill with Dirty Dingus Magee, a vehicle for Frank Sinatra. At the time it was the custom to use chunky tankards with handles – the thin glass meant this was a man used to violence, one who wanted something to hand that could be smashed easily and used to slash viciously.Much like Lewis’s novel, it also addressed the end of one decade and the beginning of another, a much harder and far less optimistic period, with all the associated changes in mood and style. I missed the significance of the thin glass as weapon – I think I know too many people who are picky about what type of glass they drink beer from to note this as anything other than that. Jack drives Margaret to the grounds of Kinnear's estate, kills her with a fatal injection, and leaves her body there. She tells him the film was Kinnear's and that she thinks Doreen was pulled into the production by Eric. Not to mention the men who run things in Doncaster, who aren’t happy with Jack’s little holiday at home.

The problem with source material is that if you don’t see it first you don’t know that it started everything.Jack is attacked by the London gangsters and Eric, who has informed Fletcher of Jack and Anna's affair. The Pelaw Hussars, a local juvenile jazz band and majorette troupe, also appear and perform two numbers, " When The Saints Go Marching In" and " Auld Lang Syne". Sound editing and dubbing was done by Jim Atkinson, whom Hodges described as "so obsessive about the job". The film was shot in Metrocolor, [4] which was MGM's trade name for films processed at its Eastmancolor laboratory. If anything, the film is even more hard-boiled and bleak than the book, as Hodges infused it with his experience as a conscript in the Royal Navy in the late 1950s.

Ted Lewis was one of the most visionary voices in fiction before he passed away pre-maturely, and his other works, particularly BOLDT, GBH, and PLENDER, are also works of genius in the world of gritty revenge tales. As a young man Bindon had been in and out of borstal, and spent most of his adult life associating with criminals, so he was ideally suited to play a gangland boss, despite being young, having intimate knowledge of that world. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Even so, he created an iconic character in the annals of British crime fiction, one who’s been copied many times since but has rarely been equalled, and set him in a world long lost but utterly unforgettable (even if mostly for the wrong reasons).This scene in the book really stood out for me but mostly because of the last two lines of it making me laugh out loud.

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