Wendy Toye on Blu-ray

In News by Samuel Love

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce brand new 4K restorations of THE TECKMAN MYSTERY and WE JOINED THE NAVY, two highly-regarded films from Wendy Toye, the trailblazing British female director of the 1950s and 1960s.  One of only two prominent female film directors in the era (Muriel Box was the other), Toye inspired a generation of female film-makers to pursue a career in the, to this day, male dominated film industry.

Available to own on Blu-Ray and on Digital for the first time, brand-new restorations of THE TECKMAN MYSTERY and WE JOINED THE NAVY will be available to own from November 21. A DVD version will also be available on the same day. 

The two new restorations come complete with new bonus material, Including the short films Stranger Left No Card (considered one of the best short films ever made), On the Twelfth Day, and The King’s Breakfast. THE TECKMAN MYSTERY and WE JOINED THE NAVY are welcome additions to the ever-expanding Vintage Classics collection.

THE TECKMAN MYSTERY is a 1954 British crime mystery, directed by Wendy Toye and starring Margaret Leighton, John Justin, Roland Culver and Michael Medwin. Philip Chance is commissioned by his publisher to write the biography of Martin Teckman, a young airman who crashed and died whilst testing a new plane. But from the moment he arrives home, Philip Chance is beset by a series of ‘accidents’ which indicate strongly that there are people who do not want to see Teckman’s past investigated.

STARRING: Margaret Leighton, John Justin, Roland Culver, Michael Medwin, Duncan Lamont, Barbara Murray, Meier Tzelniker, George Coulouris

WRITTEN BY: Francis Durbridge & James Matthews

WE JOINED THE NAVY is a 1962 British naval comedy starring British film icon Kenneth More, Lloyd Nolan, Joan O’Brien and Mischa Auer Directed by award-winning Wendy Toye. Lieutenant Commander Robert Badger is an excellent naval officer with one major problem. He speaks the truth at the most inopportune times, leading him to be transferred from ship, to shore, and then to instruct at the Royal Naval College. When his remarks are repeated by one of his students to his father, an anti-military Member of Parliament he has one last chance to prove himself. 

STARRING: Kenneth More, Lloyd Nolan, Joan O’Brien, Mischa Auer, Jeremy Lloyd, Dinsdale Landen, Derek Fowlds, Denise Warren, John Le Mesurier, Lally Bowers, Dirk Bogarde

Writer: Howard Dimsdale

Cinematographer: Otto Heller