Four war-time performers known for their concert parties, have a reunion. They decide they are still good together and form a successful nightclub act.

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Terry
Jeannie Carson ...
Jean (as Jean Carson)
Len Lowe ...
Len
Bill Lowe ...
Bill
Wally Patch ...
Uncle
Vic Lewis ...
Vic
Ida Patlanski ...
Bedelia
Joey Porter ...
Max Imshy
Alfie Dean ...
Joe
Julia Lang ...
Madam Docherty
Harry Green ...
Syd Marlish
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Stranger in Max's office
Patrick Doherty ...
Bit Part (as Pat Doherty)
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(as Pat Rose)
Thelma Tuson ...
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Four war-time performers known for their concert parties, have a reunion. They decide they are still good together and form a successful nightclub act. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Norman Wisdom's screen debut. Monty Berman spotted him at Brighton Hippodrome, where he was filling in for an indisposed comic. See more »

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Joe: Wish we could get the money and do the job later.
Jean: What do you think we are - civil servants?
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Whose Turn Now
Written by Ken Thorne
Orchestrated by Ken Thorne
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Enjoyable little film that tries to capture the music hall experience
1 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With a military unit being demobbed it looks like the end of the road for the popular house band that was made up of soldiers within the unit. When none of the concert band manage to set the world alight with their attempts at post-army solo careers, they decide to reform the band and give it a stab in the real world.

Plot is not exactly the strong point of this film - basically the band reforms but have to win through an audition in order to get the gig, leading to lots of stalling until the band all arrive. Despite this the film works and is pretty enjoyable stuff in the way that it harks back to the days of the music hall, which can be now only seen in the spoof segment on The Fast Show. The sense of humour is therefore pretty archaic and playing to the working classes but it is very funny.

The film starts slow but then gets better after the demob. The strongest point of the film is the double act on stage at the audition. Strangely the weakest part of the film is Terry-Tomas' performance on the stage, I guess that he is not the type of comic who works well on the stage environment. The rest of the cast do really well but it is Bill and Len Lowe who steal the film right up until the ending (which is pure music hall). The music numbers are pretty good and have a light touch to them that don't take away from the comic feel of the movie.

Overall this is a very short film (less than 60 minutes) and it easily flies by. The plot isn't up to much but the knowing and self-aware sense of humour, fast banter and to-camera remarks all make the film fun. A brief cameo from Norman Wisdom is quite good but it is more interesting in thinking how Lee Evans updated the same routine in Funny Bones.


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