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I Didn't Do It (1945)

Aspiring entertainer George Trotter (George Formby) comes down to London in search of fame and fortune but soon has to try and clear his name after being accused of a murder at his lodgings.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Trotter
Billy Caryll ...
Tiger Tubbs
Hilda Mundy ...
Ma Tubbs
Gaston Palmer ...
Le Grand Gaston
Jack Daly ...
Carl Jaffe ...
Hilary Vance (as Carl Jaffé)
Marjorie Browne ...
Betty Dickson
Wally Patch ...
Sgt. Carp
Ian Fleming ...
Chief Insp. Twyning
Vincent Holman ...
Erasmus Montague
Dennis Wyndham ...
Tom Driscoll
J.B. Cato
Willow Thane
Gordon McLeod ...
Supt. Belstock


George Trotter (George Formby) leaves his home in Manchester and his job in the cotton mills to travel down to London. George has ambitions of being a famous entertainer, but first needs a place to stay. He books into the cheap Ma Tubb's Select Boarding House which is full of other entertainer's in search of fame and fortune. However, when an Australian acrobat is murdered it is the newcomer George who gets the blame. Can George clear his name and launch his career in show business? Written by Mark Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Release Date:

6 August 1945 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De' va' inte jag  »

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1.37 : 1
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The only George Formby film to be given an 'A' certificate in Britain, meaning children under 16 were refused admission if unaccompanied. This was because of a violent murder scene. See more »


The Daring Young Man
Written by George Formby & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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Not George, Anyway
25 June 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This tightly plotted story about how George gets involved in a murder as a suspect and victim is efficiently directed, as one would expect from a farce with Marcel Varnel at the helm. However, George Formby's usual charm is largely absent from this movie. Part of the reason is that some of the plot is put into motion by George's lies. But, the majority of the distaste I have is that George's goal is to be a star on the stage, which he is evidently unfitted for. In other movies his goals are ones he can obviously attain, once given an opportunity: to win an auto race or become a newspaper photographer. Not here: George, in the body of the story, anyway, is blissfully free from talent.

But Varnel's style of story is cut-glass farce: his best work was with Will Hay and the Crazy Gang. George Formby's appeal lay in other directions and although he can carry out standard farce, it's a waste for him to do so, like sitting Frank Sinatra down at a piano and telling him to play. George does get to perform three songs, including one of his better ones, "He Was Such a Daring Young Man." Also giving a good performance is Ian Fleming as an unflappable police inspector, but they can't really make this a good movie.

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