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Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected was a series made on the late 1970s and 80s which has now resurfaced on Sky Arts as an afternoon filler.

I find it oddly addictive.

Each episode is 30 minutes long and invariably contains a clever twist.

The executive producer was John Woolf.

He and his brother formed Romulus Films – a real force in the 1960s film industry – its most notable product being Zulu (1964).

It’s probably down to John Woolf that many senior actors got parts in the series.

I have seen Peter Cushing, Van Johnson and Hayley Mills.

I also saw David Cassidy playing twins, one of whom commits a murder – the problem for the detective being that he cannot tell which.

Rumpole and Tales of the Unexpected reflect a golden age of TV drama which I do not think can be emulated nowadays with the present accent on diversity.

Finally, I must record the recent passing of two cinema greats.

Jean Louis Trintignant made his debut in And God Created Woman, directed by Roger Vadim who had him co-star with Brigitte Bardot.

Not as charismatic as Belmondo, not as handsome as Alain Delon, he nonetheless was a better actor and had along and illustrious film career.

James Caan is best known for his role as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather but he made Rollerball and a raft of other successful movies.

He was very much the male star of the 1970s, a fine decade for films (The Godfather Parts 1 & 2, Apocalypse Now, The French Connection and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).

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About Neil Rosen

Neil went to the City of London School and Manchester University graduating with a 1st in economics. After a brief stint in accountancy, Neil emigrated to a kibbutz In Israel. His articles on the burgeoning Israeli film industry earned comparisons to Truffaut and Godard in Cahiers du Cinema. Now one of the world's leading film critics and moderators at film Festivals Neil has written definitively in his book Kosher Nostra on Jewish post war actors. Neil lives with his family in North London. More Posts