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JACKSON, Gordon

jacksonA man for all seasons, but preferably with grumpiness involved. Gord’s memory lives on via the Upstairs, Downstairs/Professionals telly double, for sure, but there’s far more going on than mere tough talk if you delve a little deeper. Would you believe, presenting Children’s Hour? And possibly uniquely among the actors listed here, there was no jobbing bit-partery for the nascent Jackson. No, it was straight into the co-lead, with Tommy Trinder as half of a duo of AWOL squaddies in the excellent The Foreman Went to France. After tha,t he packed in drawing up Rolls-Royce blueprints and the rest is film history. Whisky Galore!, Quatermass, Hell Drivers, The Great Escape… not a bad haul, all told.

FINEST HOUR:
Foreman, we say. Why can’t his first be his best? No shame in that when the film’s so great.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tabby tamer 73

    April 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Try the film Pink String and Sealing Wax it’s a melodramatic delight!

  2. Glenn Aylett

    January 22, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Will always be remembered for his immortal reply to the Gestapo man in The Great Escape when he manages to fob him off posing as a Frenchman until the Gestapo man says ” good luck” in English and Gordon replies with ” thankyou”. The look on his face when he has been found out is priceless.

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