Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 06 May 2007
SPARE A COPPER, KEEP YOUR SEATS PLEASE, IT'S IN THE AIR, COME ON GEORGE SPARE A COPPER In this British WW II comedy, Formby stars as George Carter, a Merseyside special constable who eventually becomes a hero when he exposes a conspiracy to sabotage the battleship Hercules on her first voyage. But at first his fellow officers believe that he is one of the enemy agents and pursue him down the docks, causing him to prematurely launch the ship and save it from exploding. Spare a Copper was the latest success in a long line of extremely lucrative Formby comedies. By now, the comedian was the highest paid entertainer in Britain and, according to the Motion Picture Herald, the country's top cinema box-office attraction. Topical in its narrative preoccupation with the war effort, the film was also judged as especially good for public morale. KEEP YOUR SEATS? PLEASE George Formby stars as casual chancer George Withers, perennially broke but fortunate enough to have the affection of his Aunt Georgina. Eccentric, wealthy and on her last legs, George is her favourite nephew, but she knows a pack of grasping relatives all have their eyes on her estate. In a last attempt to safeguard George’s future she sews £90,000 worth of jewels and bonds into the cushion of her antique chair. On Georgina’s death it emerges the chair is part of a set of six, all dispatched around the country to separate auctions. Aided by Florrie (Florence Desmond) and her little niece Binkie (Binkie Stewart), the chase is on to find the right chair as Georgina’s wide-eyed and shifty lawyer (Alistair Sim) follows swiftly behind. A fast paced comedy directed by Monty Banks and featuring favourite Formby musical number ”When I’m Cleaning Windows”. IT’S IN THE AIR Described as ‘slapstick comedy at its very best’ by The Monthly Film Bulletin, It’s In The Air is widely regarded as one of the very finest of the comedian’s features. Alternatively known as George Takes The Air, the humour is leavened by a sprinkling of romance. Formby sparkles as George Brown, a civil defence recruit, who has been rejected by the RAF but cannot resist trying on the RAF dispatch rider's uniform of his sister's boyfriend. Finding an official letter marked 'urgent' in one of the pockets, George decides to deliver it himself, but doesn't reckon with ending up in a pilot-less plane. COME ON GEORGE! One of Formby’s most imaginative features, Come On George!, features our hero as a jockey with a terrible mount that has already savaged three former riders. Befriending the nervous horse, Formby calms it down enough to win a number of races. Characteristically, the fearless Formby, who had once been a stable apprentice, eschewed doubles and did the riding himself. (His little-known debut in films had been as a child, twenty years before By the Shortest of Heads, a racing drama made by Ealing's pioneer, Will Barker.) Tightly structured and scripted, Come On George! includes a varied selection of entertaining Formby numbers, notably the ingeniously catchy 'Pardon Me'.