Formby on film
Home Guard lance-corporal forever losing and winning back his stripe, involved in the rivalry between Major and Minor Wallop, Home Guard Divisions. Finally wins through and is made a sergeant after inventing a secret weapon - a home made tank. Brendan Ryan Leslie Halliwell's Film Guide George joins the home guard, adequate star comedy. Perhaps this could be regarded as a forerunner to the famed BBC "Dad's Army" series which was shown 30 years later? One of the better Columbia films although the atmosphere is spoilt by the silhouette of the chap sitting in the cinema and talking to George on screen - silly. Peter Pollard
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GET CRACKING Columbia Produced by: Marcel Varnel & Ben Henry Writers: L. DuGarde Peach Director: Marcel Varnel Trade Show: March 23 1943; Released on: May 3 1943 Cast:  George Formby, Edward Rigby, Frank Pettingell, Dinah Sheridan, Ronald Shiner, Wally Patch, Irene Handl, Vera Frances. SONGS: Under The Blasted Oak (Formby/Cliffe) Home Guard Blues (Formby/Godfrey/Cliffe) Get Cracking (Formby/Latta)
formby on film
Home Guard lance-corporal forever losing and winning back his stripe, involved in the rivalry between Major and Minor Wallop, Home Guard Divisions. Finally wins through and is made a sergeant after inventing a secret weapon - a home made tank. Brendan Ryan Leslie Halliwell's Film Guide George joins the home guard, adequate star comedy. Perhaps this could be regarded as a forerunner to the famed BBC "Dad's Army" series which was shown 30 years later? One of the better Columbia films although the atmosphere is spoilt by the silhouette of the chap sitting in the cinema and talking to George on screen - silly. Peter Pollard
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GET CRACKING Columbia Produced by: Marcel Varnel & Ben Henry Writers: L. DuGarde Peach Director: Marcel Varnel Trade Show: March 23 1943; Released on: May 3 1943 Cast:  George Formby, Edward Rigby, Frank Pettingell, Dinah Sheridan, Ronald Shiner, Wally Patch, Irene Handl, Vera Frances. SONGS: Under The Blasted Oak (Formby/Cliffe) Home Guard Blues (Formby/Godfrey/Cliffe) Get Cracking (Formby/Latta)