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Elstree Calling (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 29 September 1930 (UK)
A series of nineteen musical and comedy "vaudeville" sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tommy Handley Tommy Handley ... Himself, Compere
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Begg Gordon Begg ... Shakespeare
Teddy Brown Teddy Brown ... Himself
Helen Burnell Helen Burnell
Donald Calthrop ... Himself / Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew
The Charlot Girls The Charlot Girls
Bobbie Comber Bobbie Comber ... (as Bobby Comber)
Cicely Courtneidge ... Herself
Will Fyffe ... Himself
Lawrence Green Lawrence Green
Gordon Harker ... George
Jack Hulbert ... Himself
Hannah Jones ... George's Wife
John Longden
Ivor McLaren Ivor McLaren
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Storyline

A series of nineteen musical and comedy "vaudeville" sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the sketches. In one, an actor wants to perform Shakespeare, but he is continually denied air-time. The other gag has an inventor trying to view the broadcast on television. Four of the sketches are in color (in shades of yellow and brown only). Written by Bruce W. Christopher <bwintonc@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Truly a Constellation of Stars too costly to present on any one Music Hall Programme. (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Auckland, NZ)) 8 January 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1930 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hello Everybody See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alfred Hitchcock is credited on-screen with "sketches and other interpolated items". Adrian Brunel, in his autobiography, "Nice Work", described how he originally shot "The Taming of the Shrew" spoof, only to have Producer John Maxwell reject it for not being funny enough. Brunel states that Hitchcock was brought in to re-shoot the sketch. Hitchcock is believed to have directed the Gordon Harker sketch, "The Taming of the Shrew" spoof, and the "thriller" sketch with Jameson Thomas. See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in the US with the title HELLO EVERYBODY, it was truncated to about half the original running time. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?
Written by Fred W. Leigh and Charles Collins
Performed by Lily Morris
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charming period piece full of fun
17 November 2005 | by fcullenSee all my reviews

Ellstree Calling is a delightful revue film for those who can appreciate eras other than their own. Some of the highlights are: The Three Eddies, a top African American tap dance team that made a big success in the U.K.; they dance two numbers in this revue. Two numbers also by Lily Morris are great giggle ("Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid" is gem of character comedy.) Cicely Courtneidge closes the movie in a production number in color, doing an amusing song & eccentric dance. And Donald Calthrop interrupts the proceedings a number of times as an actor willing to do anything to get his moment in the spotlight. A couple of color production numbers are campy at best, but the film's strength is the individual 'turns' by its variety stars. Ellstree Calling was one of the most successful early talkies anywhere in the world: it was translated into 11 languages and made a fortune through the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other British outposts around the globe. -- Frank Cullen American Vaudeville Museum and Vaudeville Times quarterly


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