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One, Two, Three (1961) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

James Cagney plays a Coca-Cola executive stationed in Cold War-era Berlin who lands in hot water while looking after his boss's unruly teenage daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin). The result is an underrated, rapid-fire farce. Also starring Horst Buchholz and Arlene Francis.

One, Two, Three (1961) directed by Billy Wilder

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The Virgin Soldiers (1969) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hywel Bennett plays a young British soldier on National Service in Singapore in 1951. While the threat of being killed in action hangs over him, he would clearly rather spend his time getting laid with Ms. Redgrave. A surprisingly effective mixture of ribald comedy and anti-war parable.

The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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Irma La Douce (1963) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A love affair between a highly-reputed Parisian prostitute (Shirley MacLaine) and an ill-starred police officer (Jack Lemmon) results in farcical complications. It may not be amongst Wilder's absolute best but it's still a lot more enjoyable than its reputation suggests.

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce

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Wheels on Meals (1984) dir: Sammo Hung Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The so-called Three Brothers - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Baio - team up for this kung fu action-comedy set in Barcelona. While it's not their best outing, it's still plenty of fun. Both the car chase and climactic castle fight are fabulous setpieces.

Jackie Chan and Benny Urquidez in Wheels on Meals

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A Severed Head (1970) starring Ian Holm Blu Ray (Indicator)

This absurdist game of musical beds is strange without being particularly interesting or funny. The talented cast tries hard but only Claire Bloom manages to make a truly memorable impression. Also starring Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm.

Claire Bloom and Ian Holm in A Severed Head (1970)

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Take a Girl Like You (1970) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This rarely funny romantic comedy displays attitudes which seem hopelessly dated when seen in this #MeToo generation. Hayley Mills and Oliver Reed give better performances than the material deserves. Also starring Noel Harrison, John Bird, Sheila Hancock and Penelope Keith.

Hayley Mills in Take a Girl Like You

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True Stories (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne's first and only feature film is an interesting but somewhat uneven oddity. It looks and sounds great but comes across as being unfocused and self-consciously twee. It provided John Goodman with his first big break.

David Byrne in True Stories (1986)

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Two couples flirt tentatively with polyamorous relationships in a comedy which feels like a time capsule of the era, and yet still offers much in the way of laughs and food for thought. It stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

A visually average but personality-rich young woman finds love in this breezy and hilarious 1960s British New Wave comedy-drama. Some dated attitudes don't spoil the fun here. Also starring Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling.

Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966)

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