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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George Withers
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Florrie
Gus McNaughton ...
Max
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A. S. Drayton
Harry Tate ...
Auctioneer
Enid Stamp-Taylor ...
Madame Louise
Hal Gordon ...
Sailor
Tom Payne ...
Man from Child Welfare
Beatrix Fielden-Kaye ...
Woman from Child Welfare
Clifford Heatherley ...
Dr. G. Wilberforce
Binkie Stuart ...
Binkie
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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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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 at age two by 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 »

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The text of the newspaper article headed "WITHERS WILL SURPRISE" does not refer to the events of the film whatsoever; similarly "The Evening News" piece bears little relation to the headline of chair-slashing. See more »

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Version of Treze Cadeiras (1957) See more »

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When I'm Cleaning Windows
(uncredited)
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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Nifty comedy
6 April 2016 | by (bangkok) – See all my reviews

Daft ha'p'orth George Formby tries to claim a fortune left him by a rich aunt hidden in one of a set of chairs - but the chairs get sold at auction and split up, prompting a frantic runaround. Gus McNaughton is his sly accomplice whose cut rises from 10% to 100% during the course of the operation. Alistair Sim is also after the stash. George gets to twang "When I'm Cleaning Windows" and a couple of other saucy numbers. Most remarkable is the first appearance of Britain's answer to Shirley Temple, Binkie Stuart, who at 3 years old is singing, dancing and cracking jokes - a bit of an eye-opener. Quite worthwhile, and with a surprisingly satisfying ending.


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