Radio Parade of 1934 is somewhat dated, as in Historic, but the film is a lexicon of the Variety and Radio stars in the UK during the 1930's, and great fun to view the range of 1930 stars of the Radio and stage.
Will Hay is a bit underused in the film and the structure is a bit poor as will most compendium style musical films, the plot is very thin. but it is the glimpse of long forgotten acts and performers that makes the film one of the very best of it's type.
It was written to pock fun at the BBC, and also Television, which for the Folks in the USA, was a UK invention, and well known in the early 1930's, and they were about to open the worlds first TV station at the BBC. Experimental TV broadcasts were common in the UK from 1930, especially to outside or store broadcast demonstrations. The character of the TV inventor was directly aimed at John Logie Baird, the TV pioneer from Scotland.
The Art Deco style of the NBG Studios was a direct pastiche of the then brand new BBC Broadcasting House, complete with identical fittings!! Many of the stars in the film worked for the BBC, but perhaps less after the film. Will Hay himself had a prickly relationship with radio, a top star though, as the others were in their day.
The final colour sequence was a British Colour Process from Dufay, which worked, but had problems with multiple copies, DVD copies often have a poor rip off version. The Prints come from a unique faded copy found at Denham Studios, which was massively restored in the 1990's. Dufay colour worked well for stills, but full movies proved beyond the system.
A delightful period piece, well made and worth viewing, but US viewers may be a bit bemused by the details being so very British.
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