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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.



(written and devised by), (written and devised by) (as Harry Pepper) | 6 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arthur Askey (as Big Hearted Arthur Askey)
Jack Hylton and His Band ... Themselves
Richard Murdoch ... Stinker Murdoch (as Richard Stinker Murdoch)
... Pat (as Patricia Kirkwood)
... 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
... 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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ghost | castle | spy | roof | time bomb | See All (22) »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 March 1940 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Arturo y su banda  »

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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


As a practical joke, director Max Varnel had Askey - who had been very vocal in complaining about the flying harness sequence - hoisted up to the studio ceiling. He promptly called lunch and abandoned the comedian. See more »


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


The Melody Maker
Written by Noel Gay (uncredited) and Frank Eyton (uncredited)
Performed by Jack Hylton and His Band (uncredited), Pat Kirkwood (uncredited) and Chorus
Danced by The Sherman Fisher Girls (uncredited)
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Big Hearted Arthur, Stinker Murdoch and Lewis the Goat.
21 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Patricia Kirkwood and Moore Marriott, Band Waggon is based on the hugely popular BBC radio show of the same name. Band Waggon is very much a British throwback to a time when comedy was almost chaotic in execution, where malarkey ruled the wave. To that end the film is a sure fire hit, performances are hitting the right notes and direction from the fabulous Varnel is suitably breezy. Within the running time of under 85 minutes, film is chocked full of enough set-ups to fill out another movie as well, there is no doubting the value for money given to British cinema goers back in 1940. Sample songs, shenanigans, spies and spirits along the way, and film closes with an elongated song and show routine as a time bomb cheerily ticks down to potential detonation.

It's hardly great comedy and it's far from being Askey's best film, but it has some solid laughs and it remains eternally silly for all the right cinematic reasons. 6/10

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