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Cleaning Up (1933)

| Comedy | May 1933 (UK)
Tony Pumpford (George Gee) takes a job selling the Mop-It-Up vacuum cleaner. He tangles with a chorus girl (Betty Astell) and accidentally ends up in the show whilst demonstrating the ...

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George K. Gee ...
Tony Pumpford
Betty Astell ...
Marian Brent
Davy Burnaby ...
Lord Pumpford
Barbara Gott ...
Lady Rudd
Alfred Wellesley ...
Sir Rickaby Rudd
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Mrs. Hoggenheim
Joan Matheson ...
Angela
Dorothy Vernon ...
Agatha
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Rona Ricardo
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Tony Pumpford (George Gee) takes a job selling the Mop-It-Up vacuum cleaner. He tangles with a chorus girl (Betty Astell) and accidentally ends up in the show whilst demonstrating the cleaner. Chaos reigns, but all ends happily!

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Bright Comedy
18 July 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s Pathescope decided to sell 9.5mm films for home use.They brought out sound films using optical sound.they made a deal with British Lion.This allowed them to release cut down versions of features normally between 35 and 45 minutes long.During the war the film archive of British Lion was bombed and many of their pre war films were destroyed forever.that is with the happy exception of the films released by Pathescope,albeit in their truncated form. In this film Gee plays the son of a Lord who decides to get a job as a vacuum salesman.He falls for actress Betty Anstell.He follows her to the theatre where she works.By accident he appears on stage with his cleaner.The audience think its an act and applaud him.The management decide to engage him and buy 49 cleaners!Because of his success at selling the cleaners Gees boss decides to back the show he is appearing in.Gees father becomes reconciled to his sons new career and daughter in law.There are some lively chorus routines.Given that the film is now only 35 minutes long there are subtitles used to bridge the gaps in the plot. Gee,now totally unknown,is what in those days would have been called a "silly ass" type of the sort perfected by Claude Hulbert.He wears a monocle to add to th effect.For those interested in films of this era it is a really rather enjoyable little film.


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