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Bell-Bottom George (1944)

Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the "Firefly", being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three ... See full summary »

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Edward Dryhurst (story and screenplay), Peter Fraser (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Formby ... George Blake
Anne Firth Anne Firth ... Pat
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Birdie Edwards
Peter Murray-Hill ... Shapley (as Peter Murray Hill)
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Church
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... White
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Black
Charles Farrell ... Jim Bennett
Eliot Makeham ... Johnson
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Adm. Sir William Coltham
Jane Welsh ... Rita
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Storyline

Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the "Firefly", being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three times, finally "joins" when, during an air raid, he is mistaken for a real sailor. He soon unwittingly stumbles into the secret hideout of the Nazi spies trying to destroy the Firefly. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He's all at sea! See more »

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Flygmalajen i flottan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On the set, Beryl Formby referred to cast members Peter Murray-Hill and Charles Farrell as "those two queens." See more »

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In the credits, Gainsborough Studios are referred to as Gainsboro Studios. See more »

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George Blake: [to MPs Arresting him] What a pity your fathers and mothers had to meet.
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If I Had A Girl Like You
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Written by Phil Park & Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
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Marcel Varnel's George
13 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

George is an unwilling civilian during the war. When an enlisted friend switches clothes with him in order to go to a party, George finds himself mistakenly pressed into the navy, where he gets involved with pretty Ann Firth and caught up in a subplot involving German spies.

Varnel directed the last nine of George Formby's movies, and the collaboration shows its strains here. George's persona was that of the well-meaning, lower-class 'cheeky chappie' who seizes his infrequent, small opportunities and finally prevails, pausing every now and then to sing a song, accompanying himself on his ukulele -- actually an alto banjo. Varnel's specialty was as director of heartless farces with the Crazy Gang and the incomparable Will Hay. The result is a coarsening of George's character. Although Formby pulls it off, his character has lost some of his charm.


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