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Bell-Bottom George (1944)

Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the "Firefly", being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three ... See full summary »


Marcel Varnel


Edward Dryhurst (story and screenplay), Peter Fraser (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
George Formby ... George Blake
Anne Firth Anne Firth ... Pat
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Birdie Edwards
Peter Murray-Hill ... Shapley (as Peter Murray Hill)
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Church
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... White
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Black
Charles Farrell ... Jim Bennett
Eliot Makeham ... Johnson
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Adm. Sir William Coltham
Jane Welsh ... Rita


Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the "Firefly", being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three times, finally "joins" when, during an air raid, he is mistaken for a real sailor. He soon unwittingly stumbles into the secret hideout of the Nazi spies trying to destroy the Firefly. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

7 February 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Flygmalajen i flottan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the credits, Gainsborough Studios are referred to as Gainsboro Studios. See more »


George Blake: [to MPs Arresting him] What a pity your fathers and mothers had to meet.
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Crazy Credits



Bell Bottom George
Written by Phil Park & Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
Performed by George Formby
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Turned out OK again
17 June 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was in the middle of Formby's Columbia period, all seven of them produced and directed by Frenchman Marcel Varnel as wartime flag-wavers for Britain's no.1 box office star. It was also (by the shortest of heads) the longest Formby film, and it shows in places – it didn't need padding out and yet it was, even to the very end.

George is a barman at the Senior Service Club, wants to get into the Navy and eventually gets mistakenly enrolled under the name of his mate Jim Benson. Whilst unsuccessfully trying to get out before he's found out he sings a few songs – Swim, little fish (in his bedroom), It serves you right (in the "B" Mess), If I had a girl like you (in the Sea Horse Restaurant), and Bell-bottom George (at the BBC) – falls in love and uncovers a nest of Quislings trying to blow up a Navy ship. George is George of course, his girl was the mysterious Anne Firth with the startling smile, and the film bristles with familiar faces for those of us who like this sort of thing. If they could all come back they'd have their work cut out for them with the number of Quislings at work today!

Not his best film or music, but even with the padding and plenty of corn I enjoy watching this one every time I trot it out. If you watched it all and didn't like it it jolly well serves you right!

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