Hippodrome 100 Centenary Poll
in association with the Bo’ness Journal
The Hippodrome's 100th birthday celebrations continued into the evening with a busy
screening of the winning film in the Hippodrome 100 People's Choice centenary film
poll 'The Ladykillers'. A clear winner, the last great Ealing Studios comedy is
a wickedly funny masterpiece with a mesmerising central performance from Alec Guinness
as the menacing Professor Marcus, mastermind for a gang of criminals hatching a
daring payroll robbery under the suspicious eye of Mrs Wilberforce.
Readers of the Bo'ness Journal, Linlithgow Gazette and Queensferry Gazette voted
for the film from the shortlist of films with links to momentous events of 1912:
- A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958, U) HMS Titanic strikes an iceberg and
sinks, killing over 1,500 passengers and inspiring this famous disaster movie.
- THE LADYKILLERS (1955, U) The birth of Alexander Mackendrick, famous
for directing Ealing Studios comedies such as this classic starring Alec Guinness
and Peter Sellers.
- JAWS (1975, PG) Universal Studios is founded by Carl Laemmle. Known
for horror films and the biggest money making grosser of all time.
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952, U) Dancer, actor, choreographer and
director Gene Kelly is born to charm as one of Hollywood’s top musical stars.
- TOUCHING THE VOID (2003, 15) British polar explorer Captain Robert
Falcon Scott and his team become the second expeditionary group to reach the South
Pole – a feat of human endurance echoed in this astonishing documentary.
- THE DARK KNIGHT (2008, 12A) The British Board of Film Classification
is established “to protect the public from content which might raise harm risks”.
Sometimes causing controversy, the BBFC 12A rating raised questions in the House
of Commons for Christopher Nolan’s sequel featuring one of Heath Ledger’s last on-screen
- DRACULA (1958, 12A) Best known for writing the ultimate gothic
novel, Bram Stoker dies. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in this definitive
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