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Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. Lupino Lane directs 'Letting in the Sunshine' (1933) in which Albert Burdon stars as Nobby Green, a window cleaner. When he bumps into his old flame Jane (Renee Gadd) they conspire to outwit a band of jewel thieves. In 'Lucky to Me' (1939), directed by Thomas Bentley, Potty (Stanley Lupino), a clerk at a legal firm, marries secretary Minnie (Barbara Blair) in secret. To keep their marriage hidden from their colleagues the pair plan a one-night honeymoon. However, even this comes under threat when Potty's boss orders him to go on a business trip!
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. In 'Facing the Music' (1933), directed by Harry Hughes, Stanley Lupino stars as Jack who has fallen head over heels in love with Nina (Nancy Burne). In his pursuit of her, Jack discovers that she is the niece of an opera singer looking to bolster her fame. When Jack proposes a fake jewel robbery to Nina during one of her aunt's shows she agrees, but when the jewels really do go missing Jack must recover them before the end of the performance. Thomas Bentley directs 'Sleepless Nights' (1932) in which Lupino stars as Guy Raynor, a reporter in Nice who pretends to be the wealthy husband of Marjorie Drew (Polly Walker) to stop her from running away with a crook. Paul Merzbach directs 'A Star Fell from Heaven' (1936) in which a musical film star suddenly loses his voice. An aspiring singer dubs over his performances and becomes unexpectedly famous in the process. In 'The Student's Romance' (1935), directed by Otto Kanturek, young student Max (Patric Knowles) and Princess Helene (Grete Natzler) fall in love, but must overcome the barrier of her royal status if they are to be together.
British comedy starring Jack Buchanan and Greta Gynt. After battleship Captain Mailtand (Buchanan) enjoys a large party in honour of his next voyage, he finds two young women (Gynt and Kay Walsh) still aboard the ship once it has set off. To protect the trespassers as well as himself, he agrees to hide them in his quarters but it proves difficult to keep them concealed with the Admiral (Fred Emney) unexpectedly onboard, resulting in hilarious consequences.
Herbert Brenon directs this 1940s crime drama starring Sebastian Shaw, Jack Hawkins and Kathleen Harrison. Based on the story by Edgar Wallace, the film follows Inspector Bradley (Shaw), the head of the Flying Squad who is determined to bring a gang of London drug smugglers to justice. When the gang, led by the ruthless Mark McGill (Hawkins), murder Ron Perryman (Manning Whiley), Bradley sees an opportunity to move in and the Flying Squad begin the dangerous process of trying to put McGill and co. behind bars.
Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. 'Let Me Explain, Dear' (1931) follows the story of a man who commits insurance fraud to replace a piece of missing jewellery. 'The Outcast' (1934) follows two friends who experience a run of bad luck after being conned out of money.
Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. In 'Their Night Out' (1933) a young Scottish girl and her business partner have a memorable evening after visiting a nightclub. 'Doctor's Orders' (1934) stars Leslie Fuller as a pharmaceutical drugs salesman who keeps his occupation a secret from his family.
Gerald du Maurier and George Curzon star in this British crime thriller directed by Thomas Bentley. The film follows the investigations of Commissioner Stanton (du Maurier) into Dr Charles Masters (Curzon), who is suspected of fraudulently claiming life insurance...
Magistrate Brutus Poskett (Will Hay) believes that his stepson Bobby (John Mills) is a clean-living 15-year-old... when in fact he is 21 and enjoys leading the life of Riley! Brutus has his eyes opened when Bobby takes him to a music hall, unaware that his mother - Brutus' wife - is also there, out for an excursion with an old friend who might just let Bobby's secret out of the bag!
Will Hay in one of his earliest roles. Country vicar, Rev. Richard Jedd (Hay) despises the vices of gambling and drink but finds himself mixed up in both when his long-lost half sister re-appears. Having unsuccessfully tried to raise money for the expensive repairs needed to his church's steeple, the Reverend is persuaded by his half-sister to gamble on the horse she co-owns with a brewer - the horse is called Dandy Dick after the very Reverend. He then finds himself mixed up not only in gambling but the crooked end of it and ends up on the run from the police.
Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. In 'The Last Coupon' (1932) a miserly coal miner becomes a bit of a spendthrift after a big win on the football pools. In 'His Wife's Mother' (1932) a newly-married young man gets into trouble with his mother-in-law after being caught kissing another girl.
1930s thriller, adapted from a play by Edgar Wallace, starring Wilfrid Lawson and Bernard Lee. To say that Joe Connor (Henry Oscar) and Soapy Marks (Alastair Sim) are embittered following their release from prison would be an understatement. Ten years ago they helped a criminal mastermind known as 'The Terror' pull off a heist - only for his betrayal to rob them of their share of the prize and their freedom. Desperate for revenge the pair head to Monk's Hall Priory in search of The Terror. But with the place said to be haunted by the ghost of a monk, will they discover a different form of terror?
Double bill of British comedies from the 1930s. In 'Heads - We Go!' (1933), directed by Monty Banks, Constance Cummings stars as Betty Smith, an ordinary woman. When she realises she is the spit of a wealthy actress, she masquerades as her and enjoys a luxurious holiday aboard the Tyrrell yacht with her friend Lil (Binnie Barnes). Allan Dwan directs 'I Spy' (1934) in which Americans actress Thelma Coldwater (Sally Eilers) and wealthy womaniser Wally Sawyer (Ben Lyon) unite in England to prevent foreign intelligence agents from causing harm.
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. 'For the Love of Mike' (1932) follows two young men as they try to help a heiress keep a hold of her inheritance. 'Facing the Music' (1933) stars Stanley Lupino as a man who gets himself into trouble while pursuing the affections of an opera singer's niece. 'My Song Goes Round the World' (1934) is set in Venice and follows the love life and career of an aspiring singer. Finally, 'Heart's Desire' (1935) stars Richard Tauber as a Viennese tenor whose singing career takes him to London.
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. In 'Happy' (1933) a band leader hits the jackpot when he invents an anti-theft device for cars and manages to sell it to an insurance company. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, 'Invitation to the Waltz' (1935) follows the blossoming relationship between the Duke of Wurtemburg (Harold Warrender) and ballerina Jenny Peachey (Lillian Harvey) as they try to plot the downfall of Napoleon (Esme Percy). In 'Glamorous Night' (1937) a dictator tries to takeover a gypsy settlement to gain control of its oil. But an opera singer has other ideas. In 'Let's Make a Night of It' (1937) married couple Henry and Laura Boydell (Fred Emney and Iris Hoey) each acquire a nightclub on the same London street. With not enough customers to go around, the family threaten to be torn apart by their new business ventures.
Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. 'Oh What a Duchess' (1933) follows a young actor who begins impersonating a duchess. 'It's a Bet' (1935) follows a reporter who bets his employer he can disappear for a whole month.
Thornton Freeland directs this 1930s British comedy starring Jack Buchanan, Walter Rilla and Googie Withers. Having worked hard as an insurance investigator for a number of years, John Forrest (Buchanan) may believe that he is entitled to a quiet retirement. However, when an extremely valuable stash of jewels belonging to Prince Homouska (Rilla) go missing from his former employers, John finds himself called back into action to get to the bottom of the matter. This is much to the annoyance of his wife Alice (Withers), who was arguably looking forward to her husband's retirement more than he was. Can John rediscover his old magic and sort out one last case?
Walter Charles Mycroft (1890-1959) was the film critic of the Evening Standard from 1922-1927, and also a founding member of London's Film Society. In 1928, he was appointed Head of the Scenario Department-and then Director of Production-at British International Pictures (later Associated British Pictures). In 1941 Mycroft was sacked following the death of the company's Managing Director and the requisition of Elstree studios by the British Government for war purposes. After that his career went into steady decline, although after the Second World War he worked for nearly a decade as Scenario Adviser to Robert Clark, who ran the rebuilt Elstree studios. This long-lost memoir, which Mycroft wrote mainly in the 1940s, offers a detailed account of the vagaries and complex economic vicissitudes of British film production in the 1930s. Mycroft also recalls how he selected film stories for directors Harry Lachman, E. A. Dupont and Alfred Hitchcock, and he reveals, for the first time, the true story behind Hitchcock's departure from British International Pictures. Mycroft also provides incisive portraits of British film industry captains: the charismatic Alexander Korda, C. M. Woolf, the rising J. Arthur Rank, and above all John Maxwell, the shrewd iconoclastic Scots lawyer who built Associated British into the largest and most financially successful film corporation in pre-war Britain. The memoirs conclude with the death of Maxwell and Mycroft's fall from grace at Elstree. The volume is supplemented by four appendixes consisting of Mycroft's earlier writings on the aesthetics and business of film production, along with a filmography of over 200 films on which he worked. This memoir provides both scholars and the general reader with new and fascinating insights into the worlds of British journalism during the first two decades of the twentieth century and of British film production during the 1930s. Walter Mycroft: The Time of My Life will be of interest not only to scholars of British journalism a
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. 'Dance Band' (1935) follows the burgeoning relationship between bandleader Buddy (Buddy Rogers) and Pat Shelley (June Clyde), the leader of an all-girls orchestra. 'Kathleen Mavourneen' (1938) is the story of a young girl who arrives back in Ireland to the affections of two prospective suitors. 'Hold My Hand' (1938) sees a wealthy and benevolent man whose luck takes a turn for the worse. Finally, 'Yes, Madam?' (1939) follows two cousins who'll do anything to receive their inheritance - including a period of domestic service.
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. 'Everything Is Rhythm' (1936) stars Harry Roy as Harry Wade, a member of a band performing at a high-end hotel who falls in love with an intoxicatingly beautiful princess. 'Over the Garden Wall' (1934) sees Bobby Howes and Marian Marsh star as husband and wife in this classic British comedy. In 'Mister Cinders' (1934), Clifford Mollison plays Jim Lancaster, the adopted son of Sir George (Edmund Breon) and Lady Agatha (Esme Church). With plans to marry off their sons to wealthy young ladies, the Lancasters are shocked and disgusted when Lumley (Kenneth Western) and Guy (George Western) declare their interest in lesser women. 'Blossom Time' (1934) is a drama based on the opera of the same name by Heinrich Berte. Richard Tauber plays Franz Schubert, a composer who helps out a girl with whom he is secretly in love.
Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. 'Harmony Heaven' (1930), directed by Thomas Bentley, tells the story of a talented young songwriter who finds himself caught up in a love triangle. Polly Ward and Stuart Hall star. 'The Song You Gave Me' (1933), directed by Paul L. Stein, follows Mitzi Hansen (Bebe Daniels), a successful Viennese actress who encounters unexpected difficulties winning the affection of her secretary Karl (Victor Varconi). 'Music Hath Charms' (1935), again directed by Bentley, follows the exploits of a popular dance band led by Henry Hall. Finally, 'Over She Goes' (1938), directed by Graham Cutts, details the comic events that ensue when a music hall entertainer unexpectedly inherits a title and becomes a member of the gentry. Stanley Lupino is among the stars.
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