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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.


Marcel Varnel


John Watt (written and devised by), Harry S. Pepper (written and devised by) (as Harry Pepper) | 6 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Askey ... Arthur Askey (as Big Hearted Arthur Askey)
Jack Hylton and His Band Jack Hylton and His Band ... Themselves
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Stinker Murdoch (as Richard Stinker Murdoch)
Pat Kirkwood ... Pat (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Moore Marriott ... Jasper
Freddy Schweitzer Freddy Schweitzer ... Himself - Accordian Player
Bruce Trent Bruce Trent ... Himself
Michael Standing Michael Standing ... Himself
C.H. Middleton C.H. Middleton ... Himself (as Mr. Middleton)
Jasmine Bligh Jasmine Bligh ... Herself
The Sherman Fisher Girls The Sherman Fisher Girls ... Dancers (as Sherman Fisher Girls)
Jonah Barrington Jonah Barrington ... Himself
Paul Holt Paul Holt ... Himself
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Claude Pilkington
Donald Calthrop ... Hobday


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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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 March 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arturo y su banda See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film began shooting on Monday 29th August 1939 at Islington's Gainsborough Studios. Almost immediately there was a three-week or so break as the Second World War was declared on Sunday 3rd September. Shooting resumed at Lime Grove in Shepherd's Bush, west London. By this time however, many of the cast and crew had been called up for active wartime duty, requiring remounts. See more »


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


Morning Exercises
Music by Charles Williams
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Special interest value mostly
12 March 2014 | by mart-45See 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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