Flight Deck Movie..............

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
Thursday film



A real oldie I`m coming up to 82 this was made 3 years before I was born.



Nah, you're not old mate, just a bit senior;)
 

Wightsparker

War Hero
Another Cagney movie

For some reason, that dredged up a very distant memory of my little sister doing a Cagney impersonation and saying to me: "You! You dirty brother. You killed my rat!"
 

Mackan2017

Badgeman
Talking of mickey-ducks.....kids programmes.....Forces-related, although not specifically RN…...I finally found a clip from the “Five O’Clock Club” on YouTube (if you’re under 60 you won’t understand anything in this post). The shows were ‘live’ so very few of them were preserved, but some recordings were discovered a couple of years ago in a storage warehouse outside Belfast, contained in an incorrectly-labelled reel tin. For me & my sister it was a daily staple and guaranteed my mum an hour of peace & quiet. Presented by Wally Whyton (a folk & skiffle guitarist) and the gorgeous Muriel Young, it featured the puppets Ollie Beak, Fred Barker, Pussycat Willum, and one other whose name I can’t remember. You can have a good guess at my age when I say that Watch With Mother (Woodentops, Flower-pot Men) and Torchy The Battery Boy were also unmissable in our house.

I read a great article many years ago about Muriel Young, I think it was in the Radio Times. She came from a very poor background up north (near Middlesbrough??) before her family moved south. She lied about her age (her dad signed it off!) to get into the Army (ATS). She was selected for special training in signals interception, and was posted to Y Section at Lyndhurst House in Shenley, near Watford, to read German morse code signals. Some interesting stuff on the net about this place, which was an outlying station of Bletchley. She was demobbed in 1946 and eventually got into television presenting. The rest is history. Just my opinion but she was surely one of the most beautiful women ever to appear on TV......
 
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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I remember Muriel and I seem to remember having a 5 o'clock club badge. Ollie Beak was my favourite.
 

Wightsparker

War Hero
Talking of mickey-ducks.....kids programmes.....Forces-related, although not specifically RN…...I finally found a clip from the “Five O’Clock Club” on YouTube (If you’re under 60, you won’t understand anything in this post). The shows were ‘live’ so very few of them were preserved, but some recordings were discovered a couple of years ago in a storage warehouse outside Belfast, contained in an incorrectly-labelled reel tin. For me & my sister it was a daily staple, and guaranteed my mum an hour of peace & quiet. Presented by Wally Whyton (a folk & skiffle guitarist) and the gorgeous Muriel Young, it featured the puppets Ollie Beak, Fred Barker, Pussycat Willum, and one other whose name I can’t remember. You can have a good guess my age when I say that Watch With Mother (Woodentops, Flower-pot Men) and Torchy The Battery Boy were also unmissable in our house.

I read a great article many years ago about Muriel Young, I think it was in the Radio Times. She came from a very poor background up north (near Middlesbrough??) before her family moved south. She lied about her age (her dad signed it off!) to get into the Army (ATS). She was selected for special training in signals interception, and was posted to Y Section at Lyndhurst House in Shenley, near Watford, to read German morse code signals. Some interesting stuff on the net about this place, which was an outlying station of Bletchley. She was demobbed in 1946 and eventually got into television presenting. The rest is history. Just my opinion but she was surely one of the most beautiful women ever to appear on TV......

Wally Whyton also hosted a folk programme (possibly originally BBC?) which was broadcast on BFBS Radio in the early 80s. A very talented man.
 
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