Flame Distribution has partnered with Adelphi Films to distribute 24 films from its collection. The deal gives Flame exclusive worldwide rights to sell the film catalogue outside the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and North America.
Produced in the 1940s and 1950s by the family-run Adelphi film company, the collection of films offers both top-drawer entertainment and a fascinating insight into British lives, experiences and aspirations in the post-war period.
Digitally restored in High Definition from the original negatives preserved by the BFI National Archive, the films range from crime and melodrama to comedy, music and variety. They feature top British comedy names from the time and familiar faces from the golden era of British cinema, including Ronnie Corbett, Dennis Price, Hermione Baddeley, Fred Emney, Cardew Robinson, Freddie Frinton, Ted Ray, Dora Bryan, Rachel Roberts, Tommy Trinder, Brian Rix, Vera Day, Joan Hickson, Joan Sims, Harry Fowler, John Gregson, and David Tomlinson.
Adelphi Films had an eye for talent, and were always keen to give young performers a break; they secured the services of Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, on the cusp of fame with The Goon Show, for Penny Points to Paradise (1951). Similarly, blonde bombshell Diana Dors appeared in four films for the company.
The company continued and remains in family hands to this day. Kate Lees, Arthur Dent’s granddaughter and Director of the company commented: “The Adelphi collection represents an important period in British cinema history. The unique collection is eclectic, entertaining and appeals to film enthusiasts everywhere. We have been working with the BFI for many years to digitise the material and this is still a work in progress. We are delighted to be working with Flame to make it available to wider audiences everywhere.”
Philip Barnsdall-Thompson, VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America at Flame Distribution added: “I am delighted that Flame has been given the opportunity to present these iconic films from the Adelphi catalogue internationally. These classic titles have been lovingly restored so that future generations can enjoy them for years to come.”