By George, it’s still full of film history in the heart of Mayfair...

By George, it’s still full of film history in the heart of Mayfair...

Who remembers the RKO Radio Pictures actor and gangster style of George Raft, star of films such as Manpower and Nocturne? 

In 1967 he was a director of the Colony Club in London. I was lucky enough to be filming at the Mayfair venue for a new documentary, and it still has all the history, panache and style of Mr Raft’s style. But it did not end well there for George, who was banned from returning to the UK by the Government, and he vowed never to return. If you’re a lover of the golden age of film, go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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