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Keep Your Seats, Please! (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 15 March 1937 (UK)
A fortune in gems is hidden in one of six chairs, and it's up to the prospective heir to find it.

Director:

Monty Banks

Writers:

Thomas J. Geraghty (screenplay) (as Tom Geraghty), Ilya Ilf (novel) (as Ilf) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
George Formby ... George Withers
Florence Desmond ... Florrie
Gus McNaughton ... Max
Alastair Sim ... A. S. Drayton
Harry Tate Harry Tate ... Auctioneer
Enid Stamp-Taylor ... Madame Louise
Hal Gordon Hal Gordon ... Sailor
Tom Payne Tom Payne ... Man from Child Welfare
Beatrix Fielden-Kaye Beatrix Fielden-Kaye ... Woman from Child Welfare
Clifford Heatherley Clifford Heatherley ... Dr. G. Wilberforce
Binkie Stuart Binkie Stuart ... Binkie
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A fortune in gems is hidden in one of six chairs, and it's up to the prospective heir to find it.

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The picture that made Formby box-office fun favourite No. 1

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Comedy | Musical

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Producer Basil Dean argued against Monty Banks using Binkie Stuart for Florrie's niece, thinking her too young and inexperienced (she had come to fame at age two by winning the "Daily Mail"'s "London's Most Beautiful Baby" competition) to be able to carry off the part believably. The director ignored him, setting the child off on a brief run as the UK's answer to Shirley Temple. See more »

Goofs

As with the death-sliding sailor at the Kings Theatre, when the nurse pulls George down from the top of the wardrobe 'he' is clearly a mannequin. See more »

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Version of 12 + 1 (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodnight Binkie
(uncredited)
Performed by George Formby and Florence Desmond
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Some charm, but mostly dated
23 January 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

The concept behind this story is interesting - a fortune in jewels has been left as an inheritance, but they've been hidden in one of six possible chairs, which sets off a scramble to locate them. The film is not without charm and has its moments, but is pretty lacking in its comedy and musical performances. There's not much star power here, despite George Formby's likeability, and as cute and cuddly as little Binkie Stuart is (she was Britain's version of Shirley Temple). On the positive side, it was reasonably entertaining, didn't lag, and hey, there was a goat who played a pretty important role. My favorite scene was when a nurse tries to help Formby take off his clothes for a doctor's examination as he tries to flee, resulting in a pretty hilarious positon.

The film being mediocre is unfortunate because the original inspiration, the madcap Russian novel "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilf & Petrov from eight years earlier, is so fantastic. The novel is dominated by the character Ostap Bender, who finds out about the inheritance and quickly latches on to the inheritor, smoothly manipulating him and everyone who comes in their path. The chase is much wider, there are satirical comments about the emerging Soviet state, and the adventures the two have are much zanier. Unfortunately while there is a character standing in for Bender here, he's not the focus, and nearly all of the novel is lost, replaced by simple pratfalls, a befriended woman and her daughter on the run from child welfare, and songs which are a little hard on the ears. I didn't go into the film thinking I would be seeing the novel literally adapted, but it was hard not to think of as dated gags and hokum rolled by.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1937 (UK) See more »

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