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I Didn't Do It (1945)

Aspiring entertainer George Trotter (George Formby) comes down to London in search of fame and fortune but soon has to try and clear his name after being accused of a murder at his lodgings.

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Howard Irving Young (original story), Stephen Black (original story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Formby ... George Trotter
Billy Caryll Billy Caryll ... Tiger Tubbs (as Caryl & Mundy/Billy Caryl)
Hilda Mundy Hilda Mundy ... Ma Tubbs (as Caryl & Mundy/Hilda Mundy)
Gaston Palmer Gaston Palmer ... Le Grand Gaston
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Terry O'Rourke
Carl Jaffe ... Hilary Vance (as Carl Jaffé)
Marjorie Browne Marjorie Browne ... Betty Dickson
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Det Sgt. Carp
Ian Fleming ... Chief Inspr. Twyning
Vincent Holman Vincent Holman ... Erasmus Montague
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Tom Driscoll
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Supt. Belstock
Merle Tottenham ... Tessie
Georgina Cookson ... Willow Thane
Jack Raine ... J.B. Cato
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George Trotter (George Formby) leaves his home in Manchester and his job in the cotton mills to travel down to London. George has ambitions of being a famous entertainer, but first needs a place to stay. He books into the cheap Ma Tubb's Select Boarding House which is full of other entertainers in search of fame and fortune. However, when an Australian acrobat is murdered it is the newcomer George who gets the blame. Can George clear his name and launch his career in show business? Written by Mark Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Opening credits: The Characters in this film are entirely fictitious and no reference is intended to any actual person, living or dead. See more »

Soundtracks

She's Got Two Of Everything
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Written by Cunningham & Leo Towers
Performed by George Formby
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Not George, Anyway
25 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This tightly plotted story about how George gets involved in a murder as a suspect and victim is efficiently directed, as one would expect from a farce with Marcel Varnel at the helm. However, George Formby's usual charm is largely absent from this movie. Part of the reason is that some of the plot is put into motion by George's lies. But, the majority of the distaste I have is that George's goal is to be a star on the stage, which he is evidently unfitted for. In other movies his goals are ones he can obviously attain, once given an opportunity: to win an auto race or become a newspaper photographer. Not here: George, in the body of the story, anyway, is blissfully free from talent.

But Varnel's style of story is cut-glass farce: his best work was with Will Hay and the Crazy Gang. George Formby's appeal lay in other directions and although he can carry out standard farce, it's a waste for him to do so, like sitting Frank Sinatra down at a piano and telling him to play. George does get to perform three songs, including one of his better ones, "He Was Such a Daring Young Man." Also giving a good performance is Ian Fleming as an unflappable police inspector, but they can't really make this a good movie.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De' va' inte jag See more »

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Mono (British Acoustic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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