The relationship between the Tripe Marketing Board and the studios of 20th Century Spatchcock was little understood until Dr Ripley’s seminal work.
Between 1921 and 1999, 20th Century Spatchcock made over 20,000 films in their Hollinwood, Oldham studios. Most have been lost or destroyed – sometimes accidentally.
Painstaking research by Dr Derek J Ripley has pieced together the synopses and cast details of dozens of films discovered on market stalls, in attics and in skips all over the country, forcing us to re-appraise Spatchcock’s contribution to Britain’s cinema heritage.
“At last – the definitive appreciation of Spatchcock! Anyone who has managed to get through From Here To Maternity or Wendy Does Wigan will want – and need – this book” Andy Kershaw
“If you only read one book about Spatchcock, make sure it’s this one” Norman Barrie
“Spatchcock is up there with with Fellaini, Bertolli and Francis Ford Mondeo” Jonathan Rossendale
With an Introduction by the late and much-missed Dr CP Lee.
Dr J Ripley’s book turns the spotlight on a film studio that has been long forgotten – some might say for good reason.
With detailed synopses and cast details for more than 60 Spatchcock films from Mr Lilo’s Holiday to Paint Your Drag On and over 160 lavish black and white illustrations, this is a must for anyone with an interest in film.