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Michael Anderson, the Regal Cinema and the Sea Cadets

This month's item is not from our collections, but does involve a local man and a local cinema.

Regal Cinema Michael Anderson, film director, died on 25 April this year, aged 98. He directed several famous films including Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and sci-fi classic Logan's Run (1976). Our historic local directories show that he lived in Vine Grove, Hillingdon in 1957 and 1958.

Probably his best remembered film, The Dambusters (1955) commemorated the British wartime attacks on strategic German dams on 16 to 17 May 1943 - using the bouncing bomb invented by Dr. (later Sir) Barnes Wallis. This month is the 75th anniversary of this famous event.

In 1957 he released The Yangtse Incident, which told the true story of a British ship, the HMS Amethyst, caught up in the Chinese Civil War in 1949. It starred Richard Todd as Lt Commander Kerans, and was actually filmed on location in Suffolk.

Commanding Officer's Report

On 7 October the film had a special performance at the Regal Cinema, Uxbridge, when the Mayor and Corporation of Uxbridge were invited. Manning a stall at the event were members of the Ruislip, Northwood and Ickenham Sea Cadet Corps.

One of our regular customers, researching the Sea Cadets in the Gazette newspaper archive, came across this screening and shared Michael Anderson's story with us.

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