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'Ill Met by Moonlight' (1957), renamed 'Night Ambush' in the USA as audiences did not understand the title.



I first saw this film with my dad at the Astra, at Waddington (entry, pack of toffees, kia-ora orange drinks in crinkly plastic container, four and thruppence)
I stumbled into again on YouTube, it is still a good fun wartime film of daring do, and I had completely forgotten the (alleged), navigation method for judging distance.
"How far to the village?"
"Two cigarettes, sir."
"Is that English, Cretan, or German cigarette walking time?"

I had not realised at the time that it was closely based on real events and adapted from a book by one of the participants, W. Stanley Moss.

Two British SOE officers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Irish Guards, (played by Dirk Bogarde), and W. Stanley Moss, Coldstream Guards, (David Oxley) and eleven Cretan partisans, kidnapped German General Kreipe (Marius Goring, the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' of the 50s TV series).
It was staged to look like a British Commando raid and the General's driver was merely disabled, to avoid repercussions on the locals (in real life, once the Brits had left the ambush site with their prisoner the Cretans had murdered the driver, so the repercussions were severe).

It left me wanting to read the book by Moss. I did some research and found colourful details surrounding the incident and those involved. Fermor really did sport a Cretan fez, embroidered Hussars dress tunic, ivory handled daggers, and riding boots whilst with the partisans.
They were part of a small SOE detachment based in Cairo in a grand villa. Two of their number were Polish refugees, Countess Zofia Roza Maria Jadwiga Elzbieta Katarzyna Aniela Tarnowska, and Krystyna Skarbek, an SOE legend whom Ian Fleming later used as the model for 'Vesper Lynd' in Casino Royale (Ursula Andress ,1967, and Eva Green, 2006,)

In the film, once the kidnap was confirmed, the general's staff leaped into action, however, postwar, Fermor learned that the news was met with a shocked silence that was then broken by someone declaring, "Well, that calls for champagne!" (Kreipe was a. Do as I say, not as I do. type and not best liked).

This has not been the officers first, nor last, wartime operation, overt and covert, and their post-war lives were far from humdrum.
Moss married the Polish countess and became a writer and self-employed travel journalist. He teamed up with another former SOE operative to investigate the theft of the Reichsbank gold reserve from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The US Army Military Governor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen vanished at the same time as the 730 bars of gold and 25 boxes of platinum, so that wasn't too hard, but none of the loot has ever been recovered(?).

Moss reported on Hillary's successful crossing of Antarctica, worked his passage from there to NZ on an icebreaker, crewed on a ketch from NZ to Tahiti, and crewed another sailboat from Tahiti to the Bahamas.
He settled in Jamaica where he drank himself to death at the age of 44.


As an aside from their story, I discovered that on the Germans being driven back out of France, De Gaulle ordered the SOE to remove all of its non-French operatives, including Krystyna Skarbek, from French soil within 24hrs.

When SOE folded, Krystyna Skarbek was abandoned in Cairo with one months wages and no travel papers (being a stateless person, thanks to the Yalta Agreement). Having made it to London she was leading a hand to mouth existence when she was murdered by a stalker in 1952.

Moss
Fermor
SOE Hellraisers
The Countess
Krystyna Skarbek
 
'Ill Met by Moonlight' (1957), renamed 'Night Ambush' in the USA as audiences did not understand the title.



I first saw this film with my dad at the Astra, at Waddington (entry, pack of toffees, kia-ora orange drinks in crinkly plastic container, four and thruppence)
I stumbled into again on YouTube, it is still a good fun wartime film of daring do, and I had completely forgotten the (alleged), navigation method for judging distance.
"How far to the village?"
"Two cigarettes, sir."
"Is that English, Cretan, or German cigarette walking time?"

I had not realised at the time that it was closely based on real events and adapted from a book by one of the participants, W. Stanley Moss.

Two British SOE officers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Irish Guards, (played by Dirk Bogarde), and W. Stanley Moss, Coldstream Guards, (David Oxley) and eleven Cretan partisans, kidnapped German General Kreipe (Marius Goring, the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' of the 50s TV series).
It was staged to look like a British Commando raid and the General's driver was merely disabled, to avoid repercussions on the locals (in real life, once the Brits had left the ambush site with their prisoner the Cretans had murdered the driver, so the repercussions were severe).

It left me wanting to read the book by Moss. I did some research and found colourful details surrounding the incident and those involved. Fermor really did sport a Cretan fez, embroidered Hussars dress tunic, ivory handled daggers, and riding boots whilst with the partisans.
They were part of a small SOE detachment based in Cairo in a grand villa. Two of their number were Polish refugees, Countess Zofia Roza Maria Jadwiga Elzbieta Katarzyna Aniela Tarnowska, and Krystyna Skarbek, an SOE legend whom Ian Fleming later used as the model for 'Vesper Lynd' in Casino Royale (Ursula Andress ,1967, and Eva Green, 2006,)

In the film, once the kidnap was confirmed, the general's staff leaped into action, however, postwar, Fermor learned that the news was met with a shocked silence that was then broken by someone declaring, "Well, that calls for champagne!" (Kreipe was a. Do as I say, not as I do. type and not best liked).

This has not been the officers first, nor last, wartime operation, overt and covert, and their post-war lives were far from humdrum.
Moss married the Polish countess and became a writer and self-employed travel journalist. He teamed up with another former SOE operative to investigate the theft of the Reichsbank gold reserve from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The US Army Military Governor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen vanished at the same time as the 730 bars of gold and 25 boxes of platinum, so that wasn't too hard, but none of the loot has ever been recovered(?).

Moss reported on Hillary's successful crossing of Antarctica, worked his passage from there to NZ on an icebreaker, crewed on a ketch from NZ to Tahiti, and crewed another sailboat from Tahiti to the Bahamas.
He settled in Jamaica where he drank himself to death at the age of 44.


As an aside from their story, I discovered that on the Germans being driven back out of France, De Gaulle ordered the SOE to remove all of its non-French operatives, including Krystyna Skarbek, from French soil within 24hrs.

When SOE folded, Krystyna Skarbek was abandoned in Cairo with one months wages and no travel papers (being a stateless person, thanks to the Yalta Agreement). Having made it to London she was leading a hand to mouth existence when she was murdered by a stalker in 1952.

Moss
Fermor
SOE Hellraisers
The Countess
Krystyna Skarbek
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Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
Caught the tail end of The Full Monty last night....jings Robert Barratheon looked young !

And Robert Carlyle is a skinny shrimp.
 

TamH70

MIA
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The best of John Ford and John Wayne's cavalry trilogy.

Very entertaining, well acted, and with a decent plot for this kind of film.
 

Hohenidoom

Clanker
Technically last night, but The Big Lebowski for the umpteenth time. The twist though, was to try and drink a white Russian each time The Dude did. I got to five and paid for it dearly this morning.

Crappest drinking game ever.
 
Technically last night, but The Big Lebowski for the umpteenth time. The twist though, was to try and drink a white Russian each time The Dude did. I got to five and paid for it dearly this morning.

Crappest drinking game ever.
He's now popping up on UK adverts, same hairstyle, same voice, sitting in some Dutch canal aided by CGI, trying to convince the cognoscenti to try lager or some such equivalent. How disappointing I thought.
 

Hohenidoom

Clanker
He's now popping up on UK adverts, same hairstyle, same voice, sitting in some Dutch canal aided by CGI, trying to convince the cognoscenti to try lager or some such equivalent. How disappointing I thought.
The Dude most certainly does not abide. That advert does have some lesbians kissing at the start, though. Saves it for me.
 
Technically last night, but The Big Lebowski for the umpteenth time. The twist though, was to try and drink a white Russian each time The Dude did. I got to five and paid for it dearly this morning.

Crappest drinking game ever.
Apologies for the thread deviation, but a favourite- though naturally short lived - game at Lulworth was drinking with Dallas...pretty much impossible with beers when Sue Ellen went on a bender.
 
Nodded off to Last Man Standing (the prohibition-era setting remake of A Fistful of Dollars).

Bruce Willis managing to put thirty or forty rounds down at a time from a pair of M1911s with standard capacity mags is very soporific, it seems.

Or it could just be his wooden acting and the piss-poor direction and lack of pace to the plot.
I quite liked it actually, scenes, dust etc, though admittedly it has been a while since I saw it.
 
Saw the Dead Don't Die this afternoon. Utter pants, frankly. All star cast, Bill Murray wandering around trying to work out what he is doing there, pastiche of Tarantino films, Simon Pegg's 'Paul', I don't know. Waste of 6 Euros 50 frankly, the only thing remotely good about it was the theme song.
 
Two way stretch yesterday.
Peter Sellers fresh from the Goons, a cracking cast about breaking out of gaol for a jewellery blag and then breaking back in again for alibi purposes.
 
However, on a brighter (?) note I am currently watching The Foreigner on Netflix. Jackie Chan meets some sort of Continuity IRA in the search for his daughter's murderers. Old man (obv. some sort of retired speshul type) dishes it out. Who would have ever thought that would be a subject for Chinese cinema?
 
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However, on a brighter (?) note I am currently watching The Foreigner on Netflix. Jackie Chan meets some sort of Continuity IRA in the search for his daughters murderers. Old man (obv some sort of retired speshul type dishes it out). Who would have ever thought that would be a subject for Chinese cinema?
I agree. This film has had more than a few comments on here, in particular the 'Jerry Adams' figurine.

I've not seen it yet., still catching up with 'The Cardinal' just. Jesus what a tough film.
 
Furie - Vietnamese Martial arts/revenge film on Netflix. Veronica Ngo (was in Last Jedi, Bright and the Crouching Tiger sequel) playing a Mother whose daughter gets kidnapped.

Problem is Mom is an ex-gangster from Saigon with a penchant for kicking the snot out of blokes twice her size. Some proper fisticuffs, a guy getting a durian fruit in the face and a reminder you should never piss off a Mom.

I enjoyed it, but then again, I'm a fan of Asian cinema/TV and can handle the odd subtitle.
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
However, on a brighter (?) note I am currently watching The Foreigner on Netflix. Jackie Chan meets some sort of Continuity IRA in the search for his daughters murderers. Old man (obv some sort of retired speshul type dishes it out). Who would have ever thought that would be a subject for Chinese cinema?
I had a day on that ( restaurant scene) ....Mister Chan may only be little-but in the flesh he's about 8 feet wide :) ...nice guy.
 
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The best of John Ford and John Wayne's cavalry trilogy.

Very entertaining, well acted, and with a decent plot for this kind of film.
I prefer Rio Grande. In that movie the French looking officer with the eyepatch is Peter Julian Ortiz, OBE. He was a gunrunner thrown on the indians fire in She wore a yellow ribbon. He also was the USAAF weatherman in '12 O'clock High"

Peter J. Ortiz - Wikipedia
 

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