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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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February 1930 (UK)  »

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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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Spoofs The Taming of the Shrew (1929) See more »

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The Thought Never Entered My Head
Written by Vivian Ellis
Performed by Helen Burnell and Jack Hulbert
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charming period piece full of fun

Ellstree Calling is a delightful revue film for those who can appreciate eras other than their own. Some of the highlights are: The Three Eddies, a top African American tap dance team that made a big success in the U.K.; they dance two numbers in this revue. Two numbers also by Lily Morris are great giggle ("Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid" is gem of character comedy.) Cicely Courtneidge closes the movie in a production number in color, doing an amusing song & eccentric dance. And Donald Calthrop interrupts the proceedings a number of times as an actor willing to do anything to get his moment in the spotlight. A couple of color production numbers are campy at best, but the film's strength is the individual 'turns' by its variety stars. Ellstree Calling was one of the most successful early talkies anywhere in the world: it was translated into 11 languages and made a fortune through the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other British outposts around the globe. -- Frank Cullen American Vaudeville Museum and Vaudeville Times quarterly


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