The Lost Films
The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock is published by TMB Books and tells the story of the Spatchcock studios between 1921 and 2004, with details of dozens of 'lost films' that have been discovered by celebrated local librarian, Dr Derek J Ripley.

Acclaimed broadcaster Andy Kershaw has described Dr Ripley’s work as “the definitive appreciation of Spatchcock!” and advises that “Anyone who has managed to get through
From Here To Maternity or Wendy Does Wigan will want - and need - this book."

Highlights include the first extended essay on the Lancashire Office of Information's public information films, including Always Wear A Hat! and How To Eat Tripe, alongside the first published analysis of Spatchcock's blue movie period in a chapter on The Golden Age of Filth.  Over 200 pages of facts and details about a hitherto forgotten north west film studio. 
Fatty 'Roger' Arbuthnot

Beryl Flynn

With a preface by Sir Norman Wrassle and and an introduction by Dr CP Lee, an expert on northern cinema, the book provides the first comprehensive overview of the work of 20th Century Spatchcock, with dozens of synopses and stills from the movies.

Following the life of Alfred Spatchcock from his early days behind the camera, the book examines the hitherto carefully guarded private lives of Spatchcock and Blunt before they retired to Sri Lanka.  It also profiles the man who many believe was behind the studio's success: Monty Pearson, Spatchcock's personal masseur and accountant to 20th Century Spatchcock.

The book also profiles the 'Hollinwood Greats' - the local people who made Spatchcock's films what they were: people like Fatty 'Roger' Arbuthnot, Stan Worrell and Oliver Harvey, The Chortle Brothers, Charlie Chutney, David Nivea, Billy Protheroe and Beryl Flynn. 

No stone is left unturned in Dr Ripley's quest to explain the studio's influence: Spatchcock's role in producing adult films is examined in some depth.

Extended essays on the critics who made (or often broke) many of the films produced by the studios, Spatchcock's role in making public information films, the studio's forays into TV production and the lost cinemas of Lancashire are concluded with a rounded appreciation of the legacy of the studio.

To order a copy at £9.99 including postage and packing, please e-mail TMB Books or place an order with your local bookshop.

To Hull And Back - one of the dozens of films profiled in the The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock

An advert for one of Spatchcock's public information films

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