FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE (1932)
Broad humour and knockabout comedy characterise this rare cinematic gem based on an often-adapted highly popular farce. A useless secretary and his private detective friend try to help an heiress from being swindled by her guardian.
FACING THE MUSIC (1933)
A joyful medley of farce, romance, song and slapstick starring Stanley Lupino as an impressionable youth whose pursuit of an opera singer’s niece lands him in trouble. After pursuing her persistently, he wins his way to her affection, but the path of true love never did run smooth.
MY SONG GOES ROUND THE WORLD (1934)
Set in Venice, the touching and sometimes comic story of a diminutive tenor who falls in love whilst striving for success. Joseph Schmidt (A Star Fell From Heaven) reprises his role in the hugely popular German film of 1933, and this British remake richly showcases the talents of the world-renowned Austro-Hungarian-born tenor.
HEART’S DESIRE (1935)
Richard Tauber, the great Austrian tenor, features in the story of a singing peasant from a Vienna beer-garden who conquers London, but loses a lady’s love.
British Musicals of the 1930s
From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the pre-war British musical films offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.