George Formby Collection Vol.1 (Box Set)(4 Disc)
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The show business career of George Formby spanned forty years, beginning in
1921 until his death in 1961. During that period he appeared in 21 hit films,
cut over 230 records, and made hundreds of stage performances.
No Limit - George Shuttleworth (Formby) is convinced that he has the talent to win the Isle of Man TT races, despite what his neighbours back home in Wigan may think. During the trials, the brakes go on George's bike, 'The Shuttleworth Snap', which he made himself. As a result, he breaks the TT lap record, becoming an instant motor-cycling star. As the big race approaches, George soon realises that other jealous riders will stop at nothing to make sure he does not take part in the race.
Turned Out Nice Again - Formby stars as George Perason, an assistant in a Lancashire women's underwear firm who is tricked into buying the rights for an apparently worthless yarn. He is fired, but the yarn turns out to be revolutionary, ensuring a happy ending. George's traditional firm cling to whalebone and flannelette, while its up-to-date rivals favour lightweight scanties, but this time it is the old-fashioned way that is condemned.
Spare A Copper - In this British WW II comedy, Formby stars as George Carter, a Merseyside special constable who eventually becomes a hero when he exposes a conspiracy to sabotage the battleship Hercules on her first voyage. But at first his fellow officers believe that he is one of the enemy agents and pursue him down the docks, causing him to prematurely launch the ship and save it from exploding.
I See Ice - Gormless photographer's assistant George Wright (Formby) dreams of being a glamorous Fleet Street photographer and getting the big scoop - but his antics on board the speeding Manchester to London Express only succeed in getting him sacked, and in trouble with the law. Hiding from the police, George takes a job with a travelling ice-skating company where he falls in love with young skater Judy Gaye (Kay Walsh) - but the big star of the show gives him the cold shoulder. Still dreaming of his big break in photography, George invents a tiny camera he can hide in his bowtie, and accidentally takes a very incriminating photograph of a leading journalist. Suddenly the toast of Fleet Street, George discovers that the path to success can be a very slippery one...
It's In The Air - Formby sparkles as George Brown, a civil defence recruit, who has been rejected by the RAF but cannot resist trying on the RAF dispatch rider's uniform of his sister's boyfriend. Finding an official letter marked 'urgent' in one of the pockets, George decides to deliver it himself, but doesn't reckon with ending up in a pilot-less plane.
Come on George! - One of Formby's most imaginative features, Come On George!, features our hero as a jockey with a terrible mount that has already savaged three former riders. Befriending the nervous horse, Formby calms it down enough to win a number of races
Let George Do It! - One of a number of films Formby made for Ealing Studios, Let George Do It! was also the first Ealing comedy to use the war as a background. Formby's George, a member of the Dinkie Doo Concert Party, finds himself on a boat to Bergen, Norway, by mistake, in order to replace a British intelligence man. Unmasking a spy ring (it is still Norway's pre-invasion period), he escapes, aided by the alluring Mary (Phyllis Calvert), a British spy.