An important new book release has recently become available which should be of special interest to George Formby fans everywhere. "Hooray for Jollywood " is the aptly named title of a splendid work by Philip and David Williams, cataloguing the life and works of legendary Northern film producer John E. Blakely and his company, Mancunian Films.
The book scores on many levels, from a 'film buff' point of view it is indispensable as it chronicles the films of Blakeley in great detail supply fascinating anecdotes and storylines of all the major players within the Mancunian family as well as supplying comprehensive facts and figures of all the releases from this sadly almost forgotten studio.
For any student of Northern humour in the 30's, 40's and early 50's the book is a treat, Frank Randle, Harry Korris, Dan Young, Josef Locke, George Formby, Norman Evans, Jimmy James, Nat Jackley and many other great Northern names were associated with John E. and the book includes interesting notes on all these and many more.
Although George Formby made only two films for Blakeley, they were very important in the rise of Mancunian Films, the front cover of the book features a rarely seen photo of George and John E. Blakeley on the set of "Boots Boots". The book is well illustrated throughout, with scenes from many of the films, publicity posters, and actors and technicians.
John E. Blakeley virtually retired around 1952 and died in February 1958 but the story doesn't end there and the authors bring us right up to date with how the company and the Blakely family continued into present day.
This book is a 'must-have' for anybody interested in the subject matter contained here. I cannot think of any other work which so comprehensively tells us about this much-missed man and the films he made.
The book is published by History on your Doorstep ISBN 0 9518012 4 4 and is priced at £14.99. You can however, purchase direct from the authors for the reduced price (including postage) of £12.99
Hooray for Jollywood - paperback, A5 size with 198pages
However, we can offer GFS members the chance to obtain
copies at a special
Philip Martin Williams