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The Arthur Askey Collection (1944)

Region: 2
UPC/Barcode: 5037115354334
Released: 13th August 2012
Release type: Retail / Rental
No. of Discs: 6
Catalogue No: 3711535433
Category: Feature, Classic
Format: DVD / Box Set
The Arthur Askey Collection (1944) (Box Set) (Retail / Rental)

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Story: Six classic Arthur Askey comedies. 'Back Room Boy' (1942) follows the antics of Askey and a timid meterologist who are packed off to an Orkney Island lighthouse. After a bit of mucking about they go off hot on the trail of a band of Nazi spies. 'Band Waggon' (1940) is a spin-off movie from Askey's popular BBC radio programme of the same name. After being evicted from Broadcasting House, Arthur and Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch move to a castle where they stumble upon television equipment which they use to put on a show. The show is of course the ideal vehicle for the variety acts from the radio show. In 'Bees in Paradise' (1944), Askey plays a pilot who bales out over Paradise Island, not knowing that he is about to land in a bee-worshipping colony of women and that he is about to become a drone for the queen bee. When he finds out that, as custom demands, he is due to be sacrificed two months after the honeymoon, he soon starts thinking about escape. The women of course have other ideas. In 'King Arthur Was a Gentleman' (1942), Askey is a newly recruited soldier who finds himself stationed in King Arthur County. Naturally when he unexpectedly chances upon a sword he is convinced it belonged to Arthur and that now he is indestructible. In 'Miss London Ltd.' (1943), Askey stars as a man trying to save his flagging escort agency. A new partner suggests getting some new girls in, just in time for the soldiers' leave. The film features English singing favourite of the 1940s, Anne Shelton. In 'I Thank You' (1941), the perils, humiliations and humour of trying to run a second-rate theatrical company are further compounded when financial aid, given by the former famous music-hall star Lady Randall (Lily Morris), is withdrawn. Not to be defeated, the stars decide the show must go on and devise a plan to persuade her to reinvest.

Starring: Lily Morris, Arthur Askey, Moore Marriott, Googie Withers, Vera Frances, Graham Moffatt, Anne Shelton, Peter Graves, Ronald Shiner, Jean Kent, Evelyn Dall, Jack Train, Richard Hearne, Richard Murdoch, Max Bacon, Patricia Kirkwood, Antoinette Cellier, Joy Shelton, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Gawthorne, Beatrice Varley, Felix Aylmer, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch

Directed by: Herbert Mason, Marcel Varnel, Val Guest

Music by: Bob Busby, Noel Gay

Produced by: Edward Black, Maurice Ostrer

Written by: Gordon Crier, Marriott Edgar, Robert Edmunds, Val Guest, Vernon Harris

DVD information

Studio/distributor: ITV DVD

Other releases of this film

The Arthur Askey Collection (1944) (Box Set) (Deleted)