Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 10 Feb 2008
Cert: Not Rated
Featuring Save A Little Sunshine / Sailors Three Forman Went To France / Fiddlers Three The Bells Go Down Bitter Springs Champagne Charlie The son of a London Tram driver, Tommy Trinder was one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. Famous for his trademark pork-pie hat, suggestive grin and wagging finger, Trinder found stardom in music-hall variety shows in the 1930s and was soon lured to the big screen where he starred in a succession of hit film comedies. He became a star in the wartime comedies made by Ealing Studios that kept morale high with both the troops fighting in Europe and those on the home front in Britain. Later in life Trinder went on to become a phenomenally successful TV star as the host of the legendary variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and was awarded a CBE in 1975. This collection brings together the very best of Tommy Trinder’s films: each is essential viewing. SAVE A LITTLE SUNSHINE (1938) / SAILORS THREE (1940) Tommy Trinder brings all his trademark charisma and energy to Save A Little Sunshine, as a man uses some reward money to buy himself a boarding house, but the tumbledown establishment soon provides more trouble than profit as he finds himself working day and night to keep the place running. Also features the music-hall legend Max Wall. The first of Trinder’s films for Ealing Studios Sailors Three is an uproarious comedy of errors. After a drunken night out, three British sailors accidentally board the wrong ship – only to discover that it is a German destroyer. The three hapless sailors attempt to capture the enemy vessel for themselves and sail it back to England. THE FOREMAN WENT TO FRANCE (1942) / FIDDLERS THREE (1944) During World War II a British factory foreman is sent to recover some valuable machinery that the British don’t want to see falling into German hands. Tommy Trinder is in uproarious form features as a fast-talking soldier who helps the foreman on his quest in The Foreman Went To France, based on the true story of Melbourne Johns. In Fiddlers Three, two sailors on shore leave chat up a young woman and take her to Stonehenge. However, the mysterious stone circle turns out to be a time machine and sends them all back to ancient Rome where they get into a series of hilarious scrapes. THE BELLS GO DOWN (1943) Tommy Trinder plays it straight as a young man who joins the Auxiliary Fire Service in Blitz-era London. He soon finds himself part of a brave and dedicated team of volunteers who constantly risk their lives in the burning streets of the bomb-battered city. Directed by Basil Deardon, The Bells Go Down is a patriotic tribute to the men of the A.F.S. (The Blue Lamp, Victim) that features breathtakingly spectacular scenes of fire-ravaged London. BITTER SPRINGS (1950) Tommy Trinder was teamed up with Australia’s biggest star of the time Chips Rafferty for this feel-good adventure in the Australian bush. An Australian man accidentally stumbles onto sacred Aboriginal ground and causes an up-roar so Tommy is brought in to sort out the sensitive situation and bring about peace.The film also features an early appearance of Gordon Jackson who later went on to famously appear as Hudson the Butler in TV’s Upstairs, Downstairs. CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE (1944) Tommy Trinder plays the real-life character of George Leybourne in this rise-and-fall story of a fast-living Victorian music-hall star. With excellent support from British film legend Stanley Holloway (Passport to Pimlico) and directed with eye-catching flair by Alberto Cavalcanti (Went the day well?), Champagne Charlie is a gem from the Ealing studios heyday.