at the Movies
1950 The second film in what is known as Director Jean
Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy starring Jean Marais, François Périer,
María Casares and Marie Déa. Orphée is a poet
who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphée's
wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphée goes
after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled,
the Princess sends Orphée back out of the Underworld, to carry on
his life with Eurydice. At one point, Francois Perier drives Jean
Marais to town for a police interview in a flat rad DHC with plate number
1957 starring Gene Kelly. Two single parents--the American
Kelly and a Frenchwoman are drawn together when their children run away
from school together. A Morgan trike makes a cameo appearance in a street
1959 Joel Lawrence, Marian Collier, Greg Morgan
and Sally Fraser
The father of a race car driver blames him for a death
on the track, disowns him, and sponsors a rival racer.
1961 starring American actor Ed Begley Sr. with Jack
Brabham and other British racers of the sixties. Filmed primarily in Wales
there is a racing sequence at Sebring where Plus Four flashes. The
question is "Who was the driver?".
Nous irons à Deauville
1962 Michel Serrault, Louis de Funès,
de Rio (That Man From Rio)
1964 Jean-Paul Belmondo
Farce, spy spoof, and adventure. Swarthy thieves steal
an Amazon figurine from the Trocadéro and kidnap the world's authority
on the lost Maltec civilization. Cut to Agnes, the daughter of a murdered
man who possessed one of two other such figurines. Moments after her sweetheart,
Adrien, an Army private with a week's leave, arrives in Paris to see her,
Agnes too is kidnaped, drugged, and loaded on a plane to Rio. Adrien is
in hot pursuit, and before he can rescue her (with the help of a shoeshine
boy), foil the murderous thieves, and solve the riddle of the Maltecs,
he must traverse Rio, Brasília, and the Amazon heartland... all
before the end of his week's leave.
Do Not Disturb
1965 starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor
A very sorry movie for a very fine performer. Nothing
seems to work here
except the Morgan Roadster. E.Herman
La tête du client
1965 Michel Serrault, Jean Poiret, Sophie Desmarets,
Munsters Go Home
1966 Fred Gwynne, Yvonne de Carlo
Herman discovers he's the new lord of Munster Hall in
England. The family sails to Britain, where they receive a tepid welcome
from Lady Effigy and Freddie Munster, who throws tantrums because he wasn't
named Lord Munster. An on-board romance blossomed between Marilyn and Roger,
but on land Marilyn discovers Roger's family holds a long- standing grudge
against the Munsters. Herman upholds the family honor in an auto race (against
a Morgan); he and Grandpa also unlock "the secret of Munster Hall." Thanks
to Phil Houha for this one.
1966 with Robert Goulet
Made for U.S. television, the opening scene features
a racing blue Plus 4
Les Aventures de Michel Vaillant
1967 Henri Grandsire, Mony Dalmès, Yves
Brainville, Alain Leguellec
Based on the famous French comic book, the story line
is excellent. Great cars, great footage of Formula races. Henri Grandsire
plays Michel Vaillant. Highly recommendable for any race fan or Michel
1967 starring Peter Fonda
A man takes the drug L.S.D. and experiences unforgettably
vivid hallucinations. A psychedelic film fantasy. Fonda drives a
DHC through Hollywood Hills at opening of the film. (The film did
poorly when Malvern noted that LSD did nothing to improve the car's rear
The Drophead Coupe in the film belonged to the late Chuck
Lowry and still belongs to his widow.
1968 starring Peter Sellers
An Indian actor screws up royally during the filming
of a costume epic. When the 'fire this guy' list gets confused with the
studio head's guest list for a party, he appears there and everyone
assumes he must belong. A great many sight gags and misunderstanding
gags are played out at the party where the rest of the film takes place.
The Secret of Boyne Castle aka Guns
in the Heather
1968 Glenn Corbett, Alfred Burke, Kurt Russell star in
this Walt Disney cliffhanger about an American studying in Ireland who,
becomes involved in international intrigue. A Morgan Trike makes an appearance.
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
1968 Dean Jones and Kurt Russell
An unfortunately under-rated Disney film. A harassed
advertising exec trys to satisfy his employer and his daughter's dream
by over-extending his finances and buying her a horse which he plans to
have promote the sponsers' product. Problem is the horse has to shine in
competition for the scheme to work. Curt Russell drives a little red Morgan
that tows the horse trailer! Thanks to Phil Houha for this one.
Les Enquetes du commissaire Maigret
1967-1990 French TV Series. Jean Richard,
François Cadet, Annick Tanguy
Long running crime drama.
1969 Director Gérard Oury.
Arthur and Anatole are two little robbers. They want
to rob money, money that will travel in a special train from Paris to Bruxelles.
They don't know that other people have planned to do the same thing
Unser Doktor ist der Beste
1969 German movie.
Dr Sommer is newly appointed to the hospital, but on
arrival he is mistaken for a plumber. He is great at this but gets into
trouble from the medical chief for being late. Romantic complications arise
with a nurse along with children playing practical jokes on stuffy adults.
Not a classic but a 1964 Plus 4 does make an appearance.
La Sirene de la Mississippi
1969 Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve
Louis Mahe is a tobacco planter at Reunion Island. He
is waiting for Julie Roussel to marry her. He only knows her by mail. The
woman that comes does not like the picture he got, but he marries her anyway.
Soon, she flees with Louis' money. She was not the real Julie Roussel but
Marion. Louis tries to find her... Another Truffaut's film about passion.
Cosi Dolce...Cosi Perversa
1969 Carroll Baker, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Erika
Blanc and Horst Frank. Actors
The Monty Python Flying Circus
1969-1974. Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones,
Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Carol Cleveland.
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty
Les Choses de la Vie
1970 Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Gérard
Lartigau, Jean Bouise
Pierre, a successful expert in building highways has
a traffic accident. Being seriously wounded, he is lying waiting for death
and remembering his past in flashbacks.
1971 Hywel Bennett Britt Ekland and Elke Sommers.
Edwin Antony is emasculated in an accident which kills
a young philanderer. Doctors successfully replace his member with that
of the dead man, but refuse to tell him the full story of the organ's origin.
So Edwin begins a search which takes him to the philanderer's wife
- and also to his many, many girlfriends...
1971 Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja
Haathi Mere Saathi, does what Hollywood has done now
repeatedly, almost thirty years back. The drama gives the elephant the
most humane characteristics evident in a natural person today, minus all
the special effects that we’ve come to expect in a 2002 film. This indeed
is “the most unusual film ever produced in India”. A 1937 Morgan is the
transportation of Rajesh..who plays a rich man's son saved and raised with
Dagger of the Mind
1972 starring Peter Falk, Richard Baseheart and Honor
Lilian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two actors in
London. They have to act in Macbeth and the producer is Sir Roger Haversham
who is Lilian's lover. Sir Roger finds out he has been deceived by the
couple and he threatens to interrupt the performance. Lilian kills him
accidentally during a fight and afterwards the two actors take the corpse
to his mansion, staging an accident. But Lt. Columbo is in London to learn
about the new methods to investigate used by Scotland Yard. And Columbo
smells something fishy in the accident.
på sengekanten 1972 A risque Norwegian film. English title
of Bedside Head. The young headmaster of a boy's boarding
school decides that, due to the virility of his young charges, they are
a sort of national treasure. He believes that his school should become
co-educational as soon as possible. In order to raise funds for the changeover,
the boys stay behind during their summer vacation and temporarily convert
the school into a love hotel.
1973 Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook.
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are
not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.
Valseuses (Going Places)
1974 Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere,
Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women,
steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of
trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it's
cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser,
joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor.
Släpp fångarne loss, det är vår!
1975 Starring Lena Nyman, Tage Danielsson, Georg
Årlin, Margaretha Krook.
Small and short Frida lives with her long, tall friend
in a house in the countryside. Frida rejects the idea that people who has
commited crimes should be locked up. One day their own house is burgled
by Harald. He is sentenced to prison. Acting in accordance with her philosophy,
Frida decides to use all means possible to make it possible for Harald
1976 starring Mel Brooks
In an affectionate tribute to the silent film genre,
three hopeful filmmakers decide to make a major silent movie. To do this
and to save their studio from being taken over, the three try to recruit
Hollywood's biggest stars. The stars they find are all famous actors playing
themselves, who do a fine job of spoofing themselves, the business and
all of Hollywood. Since only one word is spoken throughout the whole film,
by an unexpected source, the humor relies on comedic sight gags and classic
Brooks insanity. The 4-seater used in "Silent Movie" was bought by Mel
Brooks for the film and afterwards sold to the late Dick Gastill. It was
then sold to Al Gebhard, who also now owns the DHC used in "The Trip".
(his widow still has the car).
1977-1983 British Television Series Starring Gordon
Jackson, Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins.
This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle,
top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller,
George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism and similar high-profile
crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative, hand-picked each of his men. Bodie
was a cynical ex-SAS paratrooper and mercenary whose nature ran to controlled
violence, while his partner, Doyle, came to CI5 from the regular police
force, and was more of an open minded liberal. Their relationship was often
contentious, but they were the top men in their field, and the ones to
whom Cowley always assigned to the toughest cases. A red Plus 8 is glimpsed
in one of the episodes.
1979 starring Jim Hensen
The first of the Muppet films, this sweet, entertaining
children's film follows the trail of Kermit the Frog on his way to
stardom. Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the gang tag along.
Cameos by Steve Martin, Carol Kane, Orson Welles and many more.
Addendum by Ken Hill
I do not know which year the film was produced but in
1988 a model company named "Tomy" in Japan produced a 1/57th scale model
of a Plus 8 which was finished in a pink colour. Seated in the model and
not in the same scale is Miss Piggy complete with bright yellow hair. There
is no doubt that this is a Morgan and not some other marque which has been
mistaken for one. This was only produced in limited numbers and is really
scarce to find.
1979 Ian Fleming, Roger Moore.
Moonraker is a sort of James Bond meets Star Wars. Released
in 1979, the year that saw the arrival of Star Trek on the big screen,
Moonraker was the latest film to latch onto the science fiction revival
started by George Lucas' 1977 picture. Audiences flocked to see Moonraker,
making it the highest grossing 007 movie before Goldeneye. The mixture
of escapist action and space shoot- outs found favor with the American
London Connection (aka The Omega Connection in The USA)
1979 Starring Jeffrey Byron and Luther Starling. In this
espionage drama, a young CIA operative gets entangled in the abduction
of a scientist who possesses a unique formula for energy. The scientist
was abducted as he tried to defect with the formula. Clip
1979 A mad- in-Italy, set-in-Italy movie. Starring Renato
Pozzetto (the sax players) Mariangela Melato , Fiorenza Teo Teocoli, Fabrizio
Castellani, Cochi Ponzoni, Massimo Boldi, Felice Andreasi, Giorgio Porcaro,
Diego Abatantuono, Guido Nicheli and Ernesto Thole.
Serve Them All My Days
David Powlett-Jones, the son of a Welsh miner, is invalided
out of World War I after suffering from shell-shock. He is advised to take
up teaching. Somewhat skeptical, he applies to teach history at Bamfylde,
a boys' boarding school in north Devon. Before long, he finds himself immersed
in the spartan life and quaint traditions of the school, and becomes a
much respected teacher and house master. His close involvement with the
school helps him cope with the tragic loss of his young wife in a car crash.
(The Morgan disappears after the car crash.) As World War II looms, he
eventually becomes headmaster, after a heated and long running dispute
with his ruthless predecessor.
Afternote: The Morgan 3 Wheeler used in "To Serve
Them All My Days" was my 1922 De-Lux CJ 4933, known as "CJ". I bought the
car in 1977 and still own it 30 years later. I was on set with the BBC
in 1980 and had to teach the actors John Duttine and Belinda Lang to drive
it. Kind regards, Kelvin Lee
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
This has to be the best movie about British Intelligence
ever made. Alec Guinness is a masterful George Smilie, the retired operative
brought back to seek out a mole in the agency. Smilie's young male counterpart
purchases a Morgan +4 roadster. It is used for a stake-out in rainy weather,
as I recall, providing an understanding of just how diminutive the interior
is for two people, top-up with side-curtains installed. It's a crime that
this one isn't available on video.
World According to Garp
1982 starring Robin Williams
Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles
the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as
a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time,
and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women.
Itzy Atkins was one of the producers and owned (still does) the 4/4 used
in the movie.
A Scottish golf teacher's daughter drives a 4/4. A bet
is made to see whether the wagerer can learn enough golf in just one week.
I can attest that driving a Morgan does, in fact, lower your handicap.