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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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Cast

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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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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23 March 1940 (UK)  »

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Arturo y su banda  »

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(Full Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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A novice at the disjointed art of film acting, Askey had memorized the first six pages of script for his first day on set. See more »

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

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Underneath The Spreading Chestnut Tree
(uncredited)
Written by Tommie Connor, Hamilton Kennedy and Jimmy Kennedy
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The nickname of Murdoch could apply to this film
5 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the earliest spin offs this time of the 1939 radio programme.The plot such as it is is concocted around of all things a TV broadcast.The original show was a combination of sketches stand up routines and music hall turns,and the film rather adheres to that.I suppose whether or not you like this film will to a certain extent depend on how much you like Arthur Askey.It has to be said that there is an awful lot of him in this film.Probably far too much.His stooge is Richard "Stinker"Murdoch.I have no idea how he got his nickname.There are a lot of musical numbers which are pleasant but fairly undistinguished.Moore Marriot and Pat Kirkwood are in support.This would be one of the last appearances of Jack Hylton before he would take on his entrepreneurial role in the West End.


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