A fortune in gems is hidden in one of six chairs, and it's up to the prospective heir to find it.



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Cast overview:
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Enid Stamp-Taylor ...
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Dr. G. Wilberforce
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A fortune in gems is hidden in one of six chairs, and it's up to the prospective heir to find it.

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The picture that made Formby box-office fun favourite No. 1


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Release Date:

15 March 1937 (UK)  »

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Snurren direkt  »

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Producer Basil Dean argued against Monty Banks using Binkie Stuart for Florrie's niece, thinking her too young and inexperienced (she had come to fame aged 2 when winning the "Daily Mail"'s "London's Most Beautiful Baby" competition) to be able to carry off the part believably. The director ignored him, setting the child off on a brief run as the UK's answer to Shirley Temple. See more »


As with the death-sliding sailor at the Kings Theatre, when the nurse pulls George down from the top of the wardrobe 'he' is clearly a mannequin. See more »


Version of Das Glück liegt auf der Straße (1957) See more »


When I'm Cleaning Windows
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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It'll keep you on the edge of your seat
17 November 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This is another one of my favourite Formby's, a fast paced comedy drama with a lot of plot to it (based on a Russian play from 1928), a couple of nice songs and a view of a long dead England. It was the 2nd major vehicle for him at ATP after No Limit under the expert guidance of Basil Dean … and Beryl of course!

Eccentric aunt Georgina dies and leaves her gormless nephew George £90,000 in bonds and jewels sewn up in one of a number of chairs already being auctioned. Unfortunately wide eyed manic lawyer Alistair Sim also knows so the chase is on to get to the correct chair before the other does. In this George is aided by Flo Desmond and her little niece Binkie and hindered by smooth talking Gus McNaughton, eventually making front page headlines as a gang of chair-slashers being sought by the police. Nowadays ordinary slashers find they're not being sought by the police. Songs: When I'm Cleaning Windows (in Madame Louise's suddenly dubious apartment, and on the uke that became Lot 443 in the auction of his property after his death in 1961); Tip Of My Toes (by Flo at breakfast in the boarding house); Binkie's Lullaby (in the workman's hut – delightfully ended by Binkie's cute line "Auntie Florrie's asleep, come on, let's play"); and Keep Your Seats Please (first in the pawnshop then on the bus, again playing to Binkie's obvious delight). Favourite bits: the knockabout scenes at Doctor Wilberforce's surgery, with George astounding him by revealing he had twin appendixes; the farcical situations with Enid Stamp-Taylor; Max's ever-increasing percentage take; x-raying the goat. There's the usual great cast that appeared in George's finest films at Ealing when he was Britain's top star – the formula had arrived, was perfect, and was played over and over again.

If you like Formby as I do there's not a dull moment in here, it's wonderful old fashioned entertainment from start to finish, if you don't like Formby here's another chance to work off some cynical bile.

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