Film Stars in Gainsborough Lincolnshire 1954

None other that Joan Rice accompanied by Donald Sinden who had starred together in ‘A Day to Remember’ visited the lovely town of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire – a town situated on the banks of the River Trent.

Gaumont Cinema Gainsborough Lincolnshire


The cinema had been re-named the Gaumont in 1949 and was modernised in early-1954, Reopening on 29 March 1954 with Edward G. Robinson in “The Glass Webb” showing.and with film stars Joan Rice and Donald Sindon making personal appearances.

Joan Rice and Donald Sinden

I haven’t been able to locate any pictures of the visit which is a shame – but above we the Two stars together.

However there have been references to this visit on Facebook by people who remember it and were there as young children. At that time Joan Rice was quite a big name after The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men  and His Majesty O’Keefe.

Donald Sinden though had yet to make his mark in film terms but of course he had a much longer and more varied career than Joan Rice.

I understand that there was quite large crowd out to see them in the Town. One woman from Gainsborough seems to remember a Norman Wisdom film being the first one shown after the Cinema re-vamp – and she could well be right because it would be at the time when one of his films was on release – and in fact Joan Rice had been the female lead in that – the film was One Good Turn although on checking this was not released until February 1955.

Anyway - if anyone reads this and was there at the time, or has photographs of this visit –  please do let us know.



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2 Responses to “Film Stars in Gainsborough Lincolnshire 1954”

  1. Alan Keeling says:

    An interesting note about Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood & his Merrie Men (1952), a two part version of this film was shown on US TV in monochrome during November 1955 in season 2 of the Disneyland TV series.

    • Movieman says:

      Indeed it was Alan. This is a particular favourite film of mine as it was so very well made in glorious Technicolor in perfect English locations. Everything about this film was just superb. It is a film I love to see and still watch it on occasions. Neil

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