Category Archives: Chat from the author

I had become monomaniacal …

I had become monomaniacal …

Now that’s not something you hear every day. The author of this particular quote containing a reference to 1951 is James D. Watson.

James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”.

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An Unknown World in 1951 …

An Unknown World in 1951 …

Unknown World (a.k.a. Night Without Stars) is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction adventure film from Lippert Pictures. It stars Bruce Kellogg, Marilyn Nash, Jim Bannon, and Otto Waldis.

The film’s storyline concerns an expedition seeking livable space deep beneath the Earth’s surface in the event a nuclear war makes surface life impossible. In 1951 nuclear war was an ever-present possibility. Only 6 years earlier, in 1945, nuclear weapons had been used in anger. Films such as Unknown World and The Day the Earth Stood Still  very much reflected this.

Moving on …

Moving on …

May Dame Fortune smile sweetly down upon you in 2018.

Scrooge (1951)

Scrooge (1951)

Scrooge is a 1951 British fantasy drama film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). It stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, and was produced and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the United States.

LOST CONTINENT (1951)

LOST CONTINENT (1951)

Lost Continent is a 1951 American black-and-white science-fiction film. An expedition is sent to the South Pacific to search for a missing atomic-powered rocket in order to retrieve the vital scientific data recorded aboard. On an uncharted island they discover more than their rocket, now crashed atop a mysterious plateau. They find a lost jungle world populated by prehistoric dinosaurs.

Sights Of London in 1951 …

Sights Of London in 1951 …

This is a British Pathé production from 1951 called Sights Of London. It was a film intended to promote tourism. Note that George VI was still the king at this time. All very British of course.

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

The Battle of Cambrai took place on the Western Front during the First World War. It began exactly 100 years ago today on 20th November 1917 and lasted until 7th December. It was the first battle in which tanks were used en-masse. The tanks were British Mark IVs.

British Mark IV tank