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Happidrome (1943)

Director:

Philip Brandon (as Phil Brandon)

Writers:

Thomas Charles Arnold (screenplay) (as Tom Arnold), Harry Korris (radio series) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Korris Harry Korris ... Mr. Lovejoy
Robbie Vincent Robbie Vincent ... Enoch
Cecil Fredericks Cecil Fredericks ... Ramsbottom
Bunty Meadows Bunty Meadows ... Bunty Mossup
Lisa Lee Lisa Lee ... Tanya / Josephine
Jennie Gregson Jennie Gregson ... Mrs. Bane
Muriel Zillah Muriel Zillah ... Muriel
Connie Creighton Connie Creighton ... Connie
Marie Lawson Marie Lawson ... Marie
Olga Stevenson Olga Stevenson ... Miss D'Orsay
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Mr. Mossup
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Mrs. Mossup
Arthur Hambling Arthur Hambling ... Jones Jnr.
Leslie 'Hutch' Hutchinson ... Himself
Charlie Cairoli Charlie Cairoli ... Himself (as Cairoli Brothers)
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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1943 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aldwych Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Let Me Tell You
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Music and Lyrics by Harry Korris and Ross Parker
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15 September 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Last time this was on was Friday teatime UK BBC2 15th October 1982 – way before I had a video recorder, but thankfully there were tapers out there who captured this one. The Corporation had its uses back then, before their quest for audience numbers and their insatiable desire to play more mind-numbing adverts than ITV took over. It's as I remember it: a corny but anarchic, quaint yet witty transference of the popular 1940's BBC radio series to film.

Chubby Harry Korris plays thespian stalwart Mr. Lovejoy putting on a show with the help of a pretty disparate and desperate lot, that in the words from Hellzapoppin turns out to be a bust. They decide to put a musical comedy on instead. Most of the film is taken up with showing the show, a livelier and happier bunch you'd be hard pressed to find - some of the songs were forgettable, some of the dialogue sparkling, albeit delivered either in lugubrious or gormless thick Lankey dialects. Favourite bits: Hutch at the piano, chunkier than in his heyday but still sophisticated and inimitable; Korris, Vincent and Fredericks singing We Three (Just a set of twerps we may be).

Overall, entertaining hokum and of immense historical significance, which is why in this country that likes film history no older than Star Wars and likes all films to be in some way a debasing experience it is almost completely forgotten.


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