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Calling the Tune (1936)

A gramophone manufacturer's daughter loves the son of the man he once cheated.


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Credited cast:
Adele Dixon ...
Julia Harbord
Margaret Gordon
Bob Gordon
Stephen Harbord
Dick Finlay
Peter Mallory
Lewis Casson ...
John Mallory
Ronald Simpson ...
H.F. Maltby ...
Robb Wilton ...
Jenkins (as Robert Wilton Jnr.)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reginald Foresythe ...
Himself - Cameo appearnce
Himself - Cameo appearance (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Charles Penrose ...
Himself - Cameo appearance
Himself - Cameo appearance
Henry Wood ...
Himself - Cameo appearance (as Sir Henry J. Wood)


A gramophone manufacturer's daughter loves the son of the man he once cheated.

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Release Date:

18 January 1937 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This story is concerned with the development of the gramophone industry, but is entirely fictitious in character. See more »


Shepherd's Hey
Music by Percy Grainger
Performed by The Queen's Hall Orchestra
Conducted by Henry Wood
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The Birth of an Industry
27 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Sam Livesy cheats all his partners to become a major power in the nascent gramophone industry. Twenty or so years later, he drives innovative Clifford Evans into the arms of his competitor, Elliot Makeham. When Donald Wolfitt offers to blow up their new recording plant in return for a partnership and the hand of Livesy's daughter, Sally Grey, the audience gets to watch the fuse spark to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries".

The real pleasure of this ATP release -- the studio would later evolve into Ealing -- is a succession of acts, presented as recordings or recording sessions: Nellie Melba on the gramophone, Charles Penrose singing "The Laughing Policeman, Cedric Hardwicke in an extract of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and George Robey, the Prime Minister of Mirth, doing one of his patter songs. They offer some bright, nostalgic moments during this tale of industrial sabotage that make this film worth watching.

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