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.
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