Those were the great films days

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PROBUS CLUB OF PONTYPOOL: “A Film Fan’s Recollection Of The Best Films Between 1947 and 1954 – Part II”.

Mr Michael Donoghue, of Abersychan, at short notice, on Wednesday, July 16, gave another enthusiastic talk on the above subject to the members of Pontypool Probus Club, as he said he was unable to fully complete his previous talk of June 18, due to the limited time factor available at such meetings.

Mike’s extensive knowledge of the films and their well-known songs was again very impressive, and the period chosen appealed to an age group represented by the members, as they brought back many nostalgic memories.

The talk commenced with some Glenn Miller music, which was the concluding theme of Mike’s last talk and then firstly recalled his memories of the 1947 film Gentleman’s Agreement, starring Ronald Coleman and Loretta Young.

One of these films remembered was An American In Paris, 1951, with music by George Gershwin and starring Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and the French ballet star Leslie Caron. The songs included, with others, Our Love Is Here To Stay and I’ve Got Rhythm.

The last film quoted was in 1954, On The Waterfront, which had Grace Kelly as one of the stars.

There were some good questions asked, which included one about Victor Young, the American composer, born 1900, who could play the violin at six, and became one of the true exponents of American jazz.

He later composed music for the film For Whom The Bells Toll. Two of his film songs were Sweet Sue and My Foolish Heart.

Mike’s expertise on films was really evident and the chairman, Mr Wayne Rogers, thanked the speaker for a very interesting talk given at such short notice.

There was an appreciative applause from fellow members.

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