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Come on George! (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 1 January 1940 (UK)
George (George Formby) is an old stable hand and is the only one who can control a jittery racehorse.

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Anthony Kimmins (story & screen play), Leslie Arliss (story & screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Formby ... George
Pat Kirkwood ... Ann Johnson (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Sir Charles Bailey - Owner of the Racehorse 'Maneater'
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Monica Bailey
Cyril Raymond ... Jimmy Taylor
George Hayes ... Bannerman
George Carney ... Sgt. Johnson
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Nat
Gibb McLaughlin ... Dr. MacGregor (as Gibb Mc Laughlin)
Hal Gordon Hal Gordon ... Stableboy
Davy Burnaby Davy Burnaby ... Col. Bollinger
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Banker
James Hayter ... Barker
Syd Crossley Syd Crossley ... Police Constable Cronley
Ronald Stagg Ronald Stagg ... Squib (as Ronald Staggs)
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Storyline

George (George Formby) befriends a race horse only to discover that it has a reputation for attacking any jockey that comes near it just before a big race. There are the inevitable gang of villains, car chases, a comic brain specialist, and a girl for George to fall for and to sing his cheeky-chappie songs at. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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horse racing | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bravo, George See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Sir Dirk Bogarde (Extra). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when 'Maneater' catapults George onto the roof of the horse box, the wire harness attached to his back is visible. See more »

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Referenced in Kam zmizel ten starý song: Jirí Suchý 1/2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Old English Hunting Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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(All together:) Come On George!!!
26 August 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Another of my favourite Formby's, a perfect "book-end" to Trouble Brewing made in the same year. This time he swaps jobs from ice cream seller to steeplechase jockey through a series of accidents, involving being on the run from the Law for a crime he didn't commit. The horse they want him to ride is a killer, Maneater, but he doesn't know that so the two of them get along splendidly. Until George finds out, that is... There are of course similarities to the earlier Marx Bros Day at the Races here.

On the way he sings some pleasant songs, my favourite being I couldn't let the stable down - apparently the song he sang to Squib, Goodnight Little Fellow he used to sing to his dog in a 1925 revue! And he falls for Pat Kirkwood, then 18 but who didn't really have a good part except to decorate the landscape. I've always loved the trilby-hatted, shapeless overcoat, blue-chinned pre-War atmosphere in this one even though I'm not a fan of forcing horses to run and jump over objects in their way for love or money.

It was the centenary of the birth of Britain's most popular, highest paid star for 7 years on the trot to 1945 in 2004 and what did the BBC and all of the other TV channels in the UK do to mark the fact? Absolutely nothing. None of them, terrestrial or satellite showed so much as a clip of one of his 20 films. I call this burying the past, and solely because it suits the history-less 20 year olds who run all of these channels. Otoh it could be argued by them that as this is the first comment on the IMDb since its inception for this film that there's nearly no-one out there who appreciates Formby any more. Maybe they should check out www.georgeformby.co.uk.


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