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Elstree Calling (1930)

 |  Comedy, Musical  |  February 1930 (UK)
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A series of 19 musical and comedy "vaudeville" sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tommy Handley ...
Himself, Compere
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Begg ...
Teddy Brown ...
Himself
Helen Burnell
Donald Calthrop ...
The Charlot Girls
Bobbie Comber
Cicely Courtneidge ...
Herself
Will Fyffe ...
Himself
Lawrence Green
Gordon Harker ...
Jack Hulbert ...
Himself
Hannah Jones ...
George's Wife
Ivor McLaren
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A series of 19 musical and comedy "vaudeville" sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the sketches. In one, an actor wants to perform Shakespeare, but he is continually denied air-time. The other gag has an inventor trying to view the broadcast on television. Four of the sketches are in color (in shades of yellow and brown only). Written by Bruce W. Christopher <bwintonc@aol.com>

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Alfred Hitchcock is credited on screen with 'sketches and other interpolated items'. Adrian Brunel in his autobiography Nice Work describes how he originally shot The Taming of the Shrew spoof only to have John Maxwell, the producer, reject it for not being funny enough. Brunel states that Hitchcock was brought in to re-shoot the sketch. Hitchcock is believed to have directed the Gordon Harker sketch, The Taming of the Shrew, and the 'thriller' sketch with 'Jameson Thomas'. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

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My Heart is Singing
Written by Ivor Novello and Jack Strachey
Performed by Helen Burnell and The Adelphi Girls
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Mixed Bag, But Worth Seeing
31 January 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Elstree Calling (1930), like most of the revues of the era, has some high points and misfires. Hitchcock's linking material here can be quite funny, and the colour sequences aren't bad (even if "The Thought Never Entered My Head" is a bit ungainly). A pleasant goof, for most


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