August 5: Eddie Murphy was Coming To America, in UK cinemas 30 years ago today

Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America is an American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.

This summer, Prince Akeem discovers America.


July 7 in Cinema

60 years ago today, Hammer Films release The Snorkel into UK cinemas

The Snorkel (1958)

The Snorkel (1958) is a British thriller film from Hammer Films. It was directed by Guy Green and stars Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John and Mandy Miller (“Nellie the Elephant”). It was the first starring role for Miller.

Teen-age girl…vs. Killer-with-a-Gimmick!

Paul Decker (van Eyck) murders his wife in her Italian villa by drugging her milk and asphyxiating her by gas. He cleverly locks the bedroom from the inside and hides inside a trapdoor in the floor until after the body is discovered. He uses a scuba snorkel connected to tubes on the outside to breathe during the ordeal. Decker’s stepdaughter Candy (Miller) suspects him immediately, especially since no suicide note was found. The ruthless Decker even poisons the family spaniel when the pet takes too great an interest in the mask and realises he will ultimately have to get rid of Candy too. []

Watch The Snorkel (1958) on Talking Pictures TV on July 7 at 8pm or July 18 at 10pm.