Star Dinah sends regards to Regal buffs

FOR its next classic film show the Regal Experience Group, assisted by Hollywood Cinemas, pays tribute to Dinah Sheridan, a good friend of the group who stars in the feature to be screened, Appointment in London, made in 1953.

FOR its next classic film show the Regal Experience Group, assisted by Hollywood Cinemas, pays tribute to Dinah Sheridan, a good friend of the group who stars in the feature to be screened, Appointment in London, made in 1953.

The show will be at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services Club on Sunday, September 7 2.30pm.

With Dirk Bogarde as a young Wing Commander, who is under stress, and Dinah as a Wren officer, Appointment in London is a compelling wartime drama that tells the exploits of a Bomber Command squadron in 1943. The film reaches a thrilling climax.

There will also be an exhibition highlighting the movie career of Dinah Sheridan, who very kindly entertained members of the Regal Experience Group at her Palm Springs home on their trip to Hollywood in 2004.


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Since then, Dinah, who will be 88 in September, has been supportive of the group, but unfortunately she is not enjoying the best of health and now lives in a residential home for retired actors in Middlesex. But she has sent this message to Regal picture goers: “Enjoy the film as much as I did making it.”

Recently she told me that, while filming, Dirk Bogarde was surprisingly easy to get on with on set. One day when she told him she was going to meet a director about a possible next movie, and told him the title, Dirk replied at once: “I was offered a part in that one the other day, but I didn't want to do comedy any more, but you go for it.”

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The next day Dinah told Dirk that she had got the part and he gave her a mohair rug saying: “You're going to need this!” The film was a classic comedy about the veteran car Genevieve - and Dinah still has that rug!

Dinah's first husband was actor Jimmy Hanley, who was born in Norwich in 1918. He worked with her on several films early in her career and is the father of her two children, Jenny and Jeremy.

In keeping with the wartime theme, the supporting film will be the rarely seen Welcome to Britain. Produced by the Ministry of Information in 1943, the movie was specifically made to show United States service personnel arriving in this country the quirky customs and habits of the Brits.

It features American movie star Burgess Meredith with a cameo appearance from the legendary Bob Hope. Nowadays it is nostalgic, but also somewhat amusing.

Tickets are available from Maureen Dodman, 01953 605593 or Michael Armstrong 01953 603246 and at the Wymondham Heritage Museum, they are priced at £4.50, concessions £3.50.

Philip Yaxley

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