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Band Waggon (1940)

TV-G | | Comedy, Musical | 23 March 1940 (UK)
A plot involving spies in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs.

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(written and devised by), (written and devised by) (as Harry Pepper) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Arthur Askey (as Big Hearted Arthur Askey)
Jack Hylton and His Band ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Stinker Murdoch (as Richard Stinker Murdoch)
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Pat (as Patricia Kirkwood)
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Jasper
Freddy Schweitzer ...
Himself - Accordian Player
Bruce Trent ...
Himself
Michael Standing ...
Himself
C.H. Middleton ...
Himself (as Mr. Middleton)
Jasmine Bligh ...
Herself
The Sherman Fisher Girls ...
Dancers (as Sherman Fisher Girls)
Jonah Barrington ...
Himself
Paul Holt ...
Himself
Peter Gawthorne ...
Claude Pilkington
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Hobday
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Storyline

Evicted from the roof of Broadcasting House, Arthur Askey and Stinker Dickie Murdoch move into Droon Castle in Sussex. Not realising that the television equipment they discover is in use by German secret agents they do the obvious thing - put on a show. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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ghost | castle | spy | roof | time bomb | See All (22) »

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Comedy | Musical

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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23 March 1940 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Arturo y su banda  »

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(TCM print)

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(Full Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Askey and Jack Hylton commuted to work together in the latter's Rolls Royce. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Light Entertainment: Radio Stars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Will Be Heavenly
(1940)
Written by Harry Parr Davies (uncredited) and Roma Campbell Hunter (uncredited)
Performed by Pat Kirkwood (uncredited) and Chorus
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Special interest value mostly
12 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Arthur Askey's films must have a lot of sentimental value, but his comedy hasn't aged well. In fact, he's very irritating in most of his films. What makes The Band Waggon interesting, is the only opportunity to see the greatest British dance band leader Jack Hylton and his orchestra in their only screen performance. It's a pity they didn't do more films. The songs aren't great hits, but solid good material. The other thing that makes this film interesting is its fascination with the television. It's one of the very first films, where TV is the leading character. Sure, the process is shown in a fantastic manner which is very far from the reality, but it's great fun to watch the final sequence. The overblown showstopper Melody Maker Man - dozens of performers busting their arses while the only member of the audience fails to utterly notice the goings-on around him - is an often used gimmick, but very funny indeed. Be sure to watch the proper DVD release and not a bootleg copy.


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