Hat Trick 1966


by Cinecan



Rye Movie Society’s Third Successful Production

Wednesday 23rd March was a great occasion for the Rye and District Movie Society, on that day they were successful for the third year running in Winning the East Sussex Inter Club Annual Cine Competition.

The magnitude of this achievement can be gauged from the opposition, three fine old established clubs from Hastings, Eastbourne and Battle. Hastings Cine and Eastbourne Movie Club have won many honours in National Competitions and their large memberships are the envy of many London and Provincial clubs.

Movie Society Members with their Third Trophy
Movie Society Members with their Third Trophy

The Rye film “By Appointment” was acclaimed the winner unanimously by the four judges, who included among their number well-known television script writer Maurice Wilcoxon. Over forty people from Rye made the trip to Eastbourne for the competition and joined the 200 strong audience that filled the Willingdon Hall to capacity.

The Hastings film “Travellers Tales” included a fine ‘belly dancing’ performance by a pretty young lady and contributed to the second place awarded them by the judges.

Clive Wall and Joan Munn were on the Cameras
Clive Wall and Joan Munn were on the Cameras Pictures can be enlerged


Two cameras were used for Rye Movie Society’s Film “By Appointment.” One ‘Cameraman’ was a lady—equality of the sexes is advocated by the club—they even have a lady ‘Chairman’

Battle produced an entertaining film about a robbery that wasn’t. “Overdrawn” was a clever story and well acted, but failed in the opinion of the judges because the sets were not realistic enough, it was placed third.

Eastbourne, a club with almost 100 members, chose the script for their competition film from nineteen put forward, their choice, “Caught” was a fishy tale about an angler who ‘caught’ a bike but unfortunately the judges couldn’t quite catch the plot and it was placed fourth.

The Rye members were jubilant when their entry was judged the winner, tremendous effort and enthusiasm had been lavished on their production, the result was well worth while, the film had the audience in fits of laughter from beginning to end. “By Appointment” is a real example of a co-ordination of ideas, every single member of the Rye Movie Society had a hand in this fine film and many local people volunteered help with props and sets.

Clive Wall, Fred Masters, David Smeed and Roy Parrack on the set of "By Appointment"

Private Eye’ Alec Steed ‘On Set’ during the shooting of“By Appointment”

The star of the film was Alec Steed (played by David Smeed), a seedy character who had a wonderful dream whilst under anaesthetic at the dentist, he became a ‘James Bond type private eye’ and had many amusing adventures before he ‘came round’ after his extraction. The fun didn’t end there, the audience enjoyed the biggest joke of all before The End titles came on to the screen, I won’t let you in on this secret though, no doubt you will get a chance to see this wonderful comedy at one of the Movie Society’s presentations later in the year.

“Rye’s Own” May 1966

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