August 22, 1968: The Strange Affair is released in UK cinemas

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The Strange Affair (1968)

The Strange Affair is a British crime film starring Michael York, Jeremy Kemp and Susan George.

His name is PC Strange…

Her name is Frederika…

All of tonight’s secrets will be used against them tomorrow!

Peter Strange (York) is an idealistic young police recruit who gets mixed up with the machinations of the tough and jaded Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Pierce (Kemp). Pierce is trying to arrest a gang for drug smuggling and later murder, but is thwarted respectively by a corrupt colleague and an unconvincing witness. Strange is shocked by finding the dead body of a murdered informant he knew and is himself brutally assaulted. Meanwhile, Strange is having an affair with Frederika (George), a minor who he does not know is part of a pornography ring; her supposed aunt and uncle film and photograph her sexual encounters from behind a one-way mirror. (Susan George was 17 at the time the film was shot.)

Pierce obtains copies of photographs of Strange’s sexual encounter with Frederika and threatens to expose him to his superiors, ending his career, unless Strange plants some heroin on one of the gang. Strange reluctantly agrees, despite planning to leave the force anyway, as he is disillusioned by the failure to catch and convict the drugs gang. Pierce’s planting of evidence is revealed and he is convicted of perverting the course of justice and jailed.

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1988) by the Hollies

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969), 1988 re-release

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a ballad originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, but became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists in subsequent years.

The Hollies’ recording reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song, paired with rarity “Carrie”, was re-released on August 22, 1988 [45cat*] in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer. It reached the No. 1 spot in the UK chart for two weeks on chart date September 24, 1988.

Find out more at Wikipedia*, and Official Charts*.

1988 Performance

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