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The Boy Who Turned Yellow, Movie, 1972 IMDB

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dsl SX

2020-06-18 16:36


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A Children's Film Foundation film, and the final screen production from the star pairing of Pressburger and Powell. Possibly the most famous of all the CFF films made in over 30 years of productions, or perhaps the most memorable due to an incredibly bonkers plot. A boy called John goes on a school trip to the Tower of London and takes his pet mice with him (:??: why?). Then he falls asleep during a lesson at school and is sent home, and while he's on the way home by tube gets hit by this sudden pandemic which turns people and things yellow
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When he gets home he discovers one of his mice is missing and decides it must have escaped during the Tower of London trip, and also that a yellow space-travelling alien called Nick with magic powers
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has decided to live in their television. John goes back to the ToL to break in and find his missing mouse, but gets caught and is about to be executed by beheading until Nick magically rescues him. And everyone lives happily ever after, including the rescued mice. All fairly straightforward really.

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rjluna2 US

2020-06-18 18:44


Is this in regarding to Yellow fever :D

Baube QC

2020-06-18 18:45


or a younger Matt Groening.. :whistle:

night cub US

2020-06-18 21:12


Baube wrote or a younger Matt Groening.. :whistle:


the sad biker UK

2020-06-19 00:39


Where did one have to go to see these CFF masterpieces? I don't remember any being shown at either of our local fleapits.

dsl SX

2020-06-19 01:12


I'm not sure. They seem to have started as Saturday morning cinema clubs, particularly when few households had TVs, and then later kept their advantage by going colour long before colour TVs became common. Then in 1970s this advantage was lost so they started providing films to BBC and rebranded as CFTF until dribbling away in mid-80s.

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GodzillaFan54 CA

2020-06-19 01:45


Was it because of scurvy? Lack of Vitamin C'll getcha good.

dsl SX

2020-06-24 00:23


Everything now updated from a full copy (thanks chico!). Lots of odd bits and pieces:

- old racer in picture drawing on the wall
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- compulsory CFF soppy dog
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- the TV alien portal and an oscilloscope
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- plot jokes - the book title; Beefeaters in the Tower of London eating ... beef
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- wages for a Tube driver on a recruitment poster
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- finally finishing building the Tower of London - it only took 900 years
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- and for Wallace & Gromit fans - spot the tribute
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Baube QC

2020-06-24 00:26


didn't saw any Mazda.. :whistle:

ewood.eddie EN

2020-06-25 23:29


I saw loasds fo CFF films, most of them seemed to have Keith Chegwin in them, at Saturday morning film club at the local town centre cinema in the early 80s

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