VCI Entertainment has tabbed Sept. 8 as the street date for the double-disc, four-film DVD release of The Richard Attenborough Collection.
Included in this collection are some of Attenborough’s early films, with director Montgomery Tully’s 1949 film adaptation of the Reginald Beckwith stage play, Boys in Brown, being the earliest of the group. He co-stars with Dirk Bogarde as juvenile delinquents in this post-war “Kitchen Sink” drama.
The following year, 1950, Attenborough appeared in the director Roy War Baker’s submarine drama, Morning Departure, which starred John Mills as the doomed Captain, with Attenborough as Stoker Snipe, a crewman who folds under the pressure of their predicament.
Next up is the 1951 film release of Hell is Sold Out, which was directed by Michael Anderson (The Dam Busters) and based on a novel from French writer Maurice Dekobra. Herbert Lom is Dominic Danges, a famous writer, who was a POW during the war and somehow was declared dead. No matter, he continued to publish after his “death,” even having “his” latest book become a best-seller (and the one before that as well)!!
He returns home to find that someone in impersonating him, and, to make it even stranger, it is a woman (Mai Zetterling) and she is living in his house as his widow!!! Attenborough plays Danges friend, who becomes enamored with the beautiful imposter.
Last in the group is director Guy Green’s 1958 World War II story, Sea of Sand (shot on location in Libya), about a group of British soldiers on a mission behind German lines to blow up a fuel depot. John Gregson and Michael Craig had the leading roles as feuding Captains, while Attenborough played one of the soldiers on the ill-fated mission.