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Off the Dole (1935)

| Comedy, Musical | 1935 (UK)
Without a job, a young man is given the opportunity run his ill uncle's private-detective agency. He finds himself mixed up with everything from an unfaithful husband who is a secret nudist... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Mertz

Writers:

John E. Blakeley (creator), Arthur Mertz (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Formby ... John Willie
Dan Young Dan Young ... John Willie's Manager
Constance Shotter Constance Shotter ... Irene Manners
Clifford McLaglen Clifford McLaglen ... Dick Manners
Beryl Formby Beryl Formby ... Miss Seymour (as Beryl)
Tully Comber Tully Comber ... Rex Raymond
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Detective Brown
Stan Pell Stan Pell ... The Parson
Daisy Maynard Daisy Maynard ... John Willie's Mother
Stan Little Stan Little ... Jack Raymond
Jimmy Plant Jimmy Plant ... Dole Office Manager (as James Plant)
Len Martin Len Martin ... Eccentric Musician
The 16 Boy Choristers The 16 Boy Choristers
The 12 London Babes The 12 London Babes
The Twilight Blondes The Twilight Blondes
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Without a job, a young man is given the opportunity run his ill uncle's private-detective agency. He finds himself mixed up with everything from an unfaithful husband who is a secret nudist to a schoolteacher who believes his pupil's father is beating him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1935 (UK) See more »

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Mancunian Film See more »
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Mono (Marconi Visatone Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Stan Little, playing a seven-year-old boy, was actually 24 at the time. See more »

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The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat
Sung by Dan Young
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Pell & Little's dance is brill
2 December 2011 | by thecatcanwaitSee all my reviews

Watching Formby films in chronological sequence as part of a 20 film collection. This was his 2nd film, and for the most part looks as inept as the 1st was.

Contains all the same deficiencies as Boots! Boots!: negligible plot, Am-Dram theatricals, cheap production values, inane script, laboured set ups etc.

After a while i was fast forwarding the contrived story elements just to get to the songs.

But then - near the end - comes along the Stan Pell and Stan Little dance skit in the school. Brilliant! Funny! At last something to be genuinely merry about.

If i ever watch this film again I'll go straight to Pell & Little's merry mad dance. And watch some of the songs again too (like "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand")

As for the rest of the film - forget it.


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