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Offline Dave Smith

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Re: A Canterbury Tale (1944)
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 15:32:00 »
I have definitely seen this on TV in recent years, probably on one of " the other" channels. So it should come back sometime as they ( nearly) always do.


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A Canterbury Tale (1944)
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 22:47:32 »
"This far-sighted film, which was dismissed at its time, is lyrical in its celebration of a disappearing England."
                       Adrian Turner. Radio Times, March 2015.

119 minutes. Black and white. Directed and written by Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger.

A curious film taking its underlying theme from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and set in the Second World War. A Land Girl (Played by Sheila Sim), a British Army Sergeant (Dennis Price), and a US Army Sergeant (Played by real-life US Army Sgt John Sweet), attempt to catch a mysterious man (Eric Portman) who squirts glue into the hair of young women.
The film is set in the fictional Kent village of Chillingbourne and, towards the end, Canterbury.
It was filmed almost entirely in Kent and gives a good sense of south-east England in the mid 1940s with scenes shot in Fordwich, Chilham, Shottenden, Wickhambreux, Selling, Wingham, Harbledown Junction and Canterbury itself.
Reel Streets has a series of then and now location shots. (Run mouse over picture for now view).
See also A Canterbury Tale,, Xan Brooks follows in the footsteps of the glue man to uncover the films locations.
The film has its own Wiki page @

It is also available, for now at least, on Youtube @


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