THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
1952, Kino Lorber, 80 min, UK, Dir: George More O'Ferrall

Based on the classic play by Wynyard Browne ("Hobson’s Choice"), this heart-warming Christmas tale set in postwar Britain stars Ralph Richardson as Reverend Martin Gregory, a recently widowed minister torn between his roles of clergyman and father. His zeal for attending to his parishioners leads him to neglect the needs of his own family, until emotions boil over one Christmas. A charming and moving seasonal favorite, peaking with the family’s poignant reconciliation as they rediscover the true spirit of Christmas, the yuletide classic also stars Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.


THREE CASES OF MURDER
1955, 99 min, UK/USA, Dir: David Eady, George More O'Ferrall, Wendy Toye

This rare U.K. horror anthology is made up of three harrowing stories sure to keep you up at night. The first segment, directed by Wendy Toye, one of Britain’s first female directors, involves a mysterious Mr. X (Alan Badel), who is eternally trapped inside a painting in a museum. John Gregson, Emrys Jones and Elizabeth Sellars star as a tragic love triangle in the second episode, aptly titled “You Killed Elizabeth.” The final segment, long thought to have been directed by an uncredited Orson Welles, features Welles as Lord Mountdrago, a despicable politician who finds himself cursed with rather sinister dreams. All three tales culminate in a supremely creepy vision of murder that blends the real with the supernatural.


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