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#240083 - 23rd Jun 2008 5:05pm The Magnet
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A mixture of a psychological study of a ten-year-old boy, an English domestic comedy and a satire on psychologists finds young Johnny Brent, the only child of a pair of psychologists, trading an "invisible watch" to a much-younger child for a large magnet. His nurse/nanny accuses him of stealing and scolds him and he runs away. He soon convinces himself that the police are after him and following several unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the magnet, he presents it to an organizer of a fund-raising campaign for acquiring an iron-lung for the local hospital. The magnet is one of the auction items and finally is mounted on the iron-lung as a tribute to the unknown donor. Meanwhile, the father makes a completely inaccurate diagnosis for the mother of the boy's worries. In the end the boy meets the child he thought had died as a result of losing the magnet, and trades the boy back for the return of his "invisible watch" the gold medal the town mayor had given him for his part in the hospital campaign.

A lot of the shooting of "The Magnet" was done locally on Seabank Road, New Brighton bathing pool, on the promenade, on the beach and in The Palace. Ealing Studios rented Seacombe Congregational Church in Liscard Road in 1950 and the walls were sound proofed and the lights, props and cameras arrived for the shooting. Stars of the film included Kay Walsh, Willaim Fox (who later became James Fox), Stephen Murray, Thora Hird and James Robertson Justics as the tramp.

View from the Tower Ballroom of New Brighton looking towards St James Church


Running under the Pier


View of the Pier and the landing stage


View of the Pier Pavilion


Fort Perch Rock


Floral Pavilion and the Victoria Gardens


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Inside The Palace


New Brighton Baths


View from the Floral 2007


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#240105 - 23rd Jun 2008 9:19pm Re: The Magnet [Re: ]
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Great find.

Never heard of it, but sounds good to watch
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#240132 - 23rd Jun 2008 11:42pm Re: The Magnet [Re: BMW Joe]
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Yes, i want to see this film, its on google video but very poor quality last time i checked frown
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#240878 - 28th Jun 2008 6:15pm Re: The Magnet [Re: _Ste_]
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I saw this film when I was about 10 with my ma and da. They said it was based in The Wirral, but was too young to recognise anything. I remember someone mentioned 'Borough Road' in the film as well, the only place I knew!
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#264156 - 15th Oct 2008 4:03pm Re: The Magnet [Re: _Ste_]
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Yes, i want to see this film, its on google video but very poor quality last time i checked frown


Hi. You can buy this on DVD. I think Amazon have it. Awful film but pure nostalgia. Made the year I was born. 1950.
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#264777 - 18th Oct 2008 12:45pm Re: The Magnet [Re: Morseman]
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My uncle played the young rebel kinda lad on the pinball machine in the film The magnet Edward Davies his name is.


Edited by MerseyMan (18th Oct 2008 12:45pm)

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#264786 - 18th Oct 2008 2:54pm Re: The Magnet [Re: MerseyMan]
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Have a DVD copy if anyone would like to borrow. May take an hour or two to find.

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#264789 - 18th Oct 2008 3:29pm Re: The Magnet [Re: Snodvan]
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Any chance of a copy (of your copy)? I'll gladly reimburse. I haven't got the facilities to copy one at the moment. No qualms about copying a film of this age.

Cheers.

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#264795 - 18th Oct 2008 4:12pm Re: The Magnet [Re: ]
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Hi Snod, I wouldnt mind having a look if you dont mind mate. Or as Pinz suggested, if you can do a copy i would gladly re-imburse you for time and disc etc.
Ive just found load of old (Victorian) pics in a skip of New Brighton. Will put them up soon thumbsup


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#264830 - 18th Oct 2008 8:00pm Re: The Magnet [Re: hoseman]
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I will find my copy, burn one from that and then give a shout.

Should not take long to find the thing (he says with fingers crossed)

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#264835 - 18th Oct 2008 8:18pm Re: The Magnet [Re: Snodvan]
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Copying in progress.

I will PM Hoseman & Pinz with an address and you can decide who comes to collect.

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#264838 - 18th Oct 2008 8:39pm Re: The Magnet [Re: Snodvan]
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Hope this works. Although not as good as having an actual copy you can view the film here http://y2u.co.uk/&002_Images/New_Brighton_03.htm

This is a dedicated New Brighton website that it is on. Hopefully the link will take you straight to the film. I'm not brilliant with these linky fings! laugh
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#264849 - 18th Oct 2008 10:32pm Re: The Magnet [Re: Snodvan]
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Thanks Snod, not a prob mate, my mum was brought up in New Brighton, she will be made up to see it too! thumbsup
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