March 31, 2016


Great news crossed my radar yesterday from The Unmutual. UK distributor Network is preparing to release Blu-ray editions of two Patrick McGoohan classics: Hell Drivers and All Night Long! Descriptions from Network: "When ex-con Tom (Stanley Baker - Zulu, The Guns of Navarone) signs up as a driver for a dodgy road-haulage company, he uncovers shady dealings going on between Red, the viciously ambitious foreman (Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner, Danger Man) and Cartley, the sly, devious manager (William Hartnell - Doctor Who, The Army Game). The drivers are paid per job, a situation which encourages reckless and dangerous driving, and the stakes are raised when a fatal accident has Tom vowing revenge. A gritty classic, HELL DRIVERS was directed with verve by Cy Endfield (Zulu) who also co-wrote the BAFTA-nominated screenplay with John Kruse (The Saint). As well as top-flight performances from both Baker and McGoohan, the leads are ably supported by Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther), Peggy Cummins (Night of the Demon), Sid James (Carry On), Gordon Jackson (The Professionals), David McCallum (Sapphire and Steel) and Sean Connery (James Bond). All Night Long: Set amongst London’s Easy End Jazz clubs of the sixties, ALL NIGHT LONG tells the story of Johnny Cousin (Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner), a manipulative and treacherous drummer with his eye on drawing a Jazz diva out of retirement for his own ends. Jealousy, passion and brooding menace all feature heavily in this moody classic which co-stars an impressive ensemble cast including Keith Michell (The Six Wives of Henry VIII), Betsy Blair (Marty) and Richard Attenborough (The League of Gentlemen), as well as showcasing premiere Jazz musicians of the fifties and sixties, including Johnny Scott, John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and the legendary Charles Mingus." This Jazz adaptation of Othello also features a performance by Dave Brubeck, folks! Below: Hell Drivers poster and some images from All Night Long. Related posts: my photography series from Portmeirion, Rare Danger Man Comics, Pirate Radio, Agente Secreto Comics, John Drake Comics, Prisoner and Captain Scarlet, Brubeck Thorne Modern, Danger Man Comics 2.

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