home movies
Films capture the Formbys in relaxed mood
 Shown at recent conventions have been some fascinating and rare film footage featuring George and Beryl. The first films showed home movies actually shot by George in 1938 when he and Beryl took a holiday in South Africa. The film is in colour - which must have been unusual at that period and clearly show George and Beryl enjoying themselves at a time when they were at the very top of the show business tree. The second film is black & white and shows George and Beryl travelling from the Isle of Man to Blackpool around 1935. At that time George was filming No Limit and he made his way to Blackpool to create some publicity for the film. We see some fascinating footage of Blackpool in its heyday with massed crowds watching George riding a horse on the promenade. Footage from these two films has been used in "The South Bank Show" which was screened in 1991 ad showed the life of George Formby. The reels of film are from Formby's own collection and were purchased at the auction in 1961. They are owned by founder member of the GFS John Walley who very kindly donated copies to the GFS archives. The third film is from a private source and was recently located via the internet. It shows George and Beryl much later in life, some time around 1956. The are leaving a hotel and are been filmed by the hotel proprietor. Although only 90 seconds in length it provides a fascinating insight into the world of George and Beryl. The images shown here are selected from all three films and have not been enhanced in any way. If anybody out there has any photographs or movie footage and would be willing to share or sell please contact Peter
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 Shown at recent conventions have been some fascinating and rare film footage featuring George and Beryl. The first films showed home movies actually shot by George in 1938 when he and Beryl took a holiday in South Africa. The film is in colour - which must have been unusual at that period and clearly show George and Beryl enjoying themselves at a time when they were at the very top of the show business tree. The second film is black & white and shows George and Beryl travelling from the Isle of Man to Blackpool around 1935. At that time George was filming No Limit and he made his way to Blackpool to create some publicity for the film. We see some fascinating footage of Blackpool in its heyday with massed crowds watching George riding a horse on the promenade. Footage from these two films has been used in "The South Bank Show" which was screened in 1991 ad showed the life of George Formby. The reels of film are from Formby's own collection and were purchased at the auction in 1961. They are owned by founder member of the GFS John Walley who very kindly donated copies to the GFS archives. The third film is from a private source and was recently located via the internet. It shows George and Beryl much later in life, some time around 1956. The are leaving a hotel and are been filmed by the hotel proprietor. Although only 90 seconds in length it provides a fascinating insight into the world of George and Beryl. The images shown here are selected from all three films and have not been enhanced in any way. If anybody out there has any photographs or movie footage and would be willing to share or sell please contact Peter