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The Renown Comedy Collection Volume 3
3 DVD Box Set Running Time: 678 minutes on 3 DVDs
with optional subtitles
Disc One 221 min
Come Back Peter (1952) A charming comedy, directed by Charles Saunders and starring Patrick Holt, Charles Lamb, Peter Hammond, Humphrey Lestocq, Kathleen Boutall, Pamela Bygrave, Aud Johansen, Dorothy Primrose, Doris Groves, Joan Hickson.
Boys will be Girls (1937) The story of a man who has to give up drinking, smoking and wild women in order to inherit a legacy. Directed by Gilbert Pratt, it stars Leslie Fuller with Nellie Wallace, Greta Gynt, Georgie Harris, Judy Kelly, D.J. Williams, Toni Edgar-Bruce, Constance Godridge, Syd Crossley and Syd Courtenay.
A Hole Lot of Trouble (1969) A group of workmen try to dig in this delightful comedy, directed by Francis A Searle. Stars: Arthur Lowe, Victor Maddern, Bill Maynard and Tim Barrett.
A Night of Magic (1944) Once lost British musical comedy directed by Herbert Wynne. Stars: Robert Griffith, Gerald Pring, Billy ‘Uke’ Scott, Marian Olive and Elsa Tee.
Disc Two 230 min
A Touch of The Sun (1956) British comedy, directed by Gordon Parry and starring Frankie Howerd, Ruby Murray, Alfie Bass, Dennis Price, Gordon Harker, Richard Wattis, Miriam Karlin and Esma Cannon.
Under A Cloud (1937) British comedy directed by George King. Stars: Edward Rigby, Betty Ann Davies, Hilda Bayley, Bernard Clifton, Moira Reed, Peter Gawthorne.
Just William’s Luck (1948) This once lost British comedy is now fully restored to its former glory. Directed by Val Guest it stars: William Graham, Garry Marsh and Jane Welsh and was based on the popular books by Richmal Crompton. Stars: Hugh Cross, Kathleen Stuart, Leslie Bradley, Hy Hazell, Patricia Cutts, Joan Hickson, Anne Marie, Michael Medwin, John Martell, Ivan Craig.
Disc Three 227 min
It’s a Wonderful World (1956) A musical comedy written and directed by Val Guest. Stars: Terence Morgan, George Cole, Kathleen Harrison, Mylène Demongeot. Includes rare footage of Ted Heath and his Orchestra. Also features: Dennis Lotis, James Hayter, Harold Lang, Maurice Kaufmann, Richard Wattis, Sam Kydd , Shirley Anne Field and Jon Pertwee.
Pick a Star AKA Movie Struck (1937) American musical comedy film starring Rosina Lawrence, Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly and Mischa Auer. Includes scenes with Laurel & Hardy.
Where There’s A Will (1955) Directed by Vernon Sewell, starring George Cole, Kathleen Harrison and Leslie Dwyer. A cockney family inherit a ramshackle farm and decide to make a go of it. Also features: Ann Hanslip, Michael Shepley, Dandy Nichols, helma Ruby, Norman MacOwan, Philip Ray, Hugh Morton, Edward Lexy, Edward Woodward, Sam Kydd.
The Renown Comedy Collection Volume 2
Over 10 hours of vintage comedy in a fabulous 3-DVD box set. Six features plus bonus interview with Liz Fraser and a short comedy bonus.
‘THE NIGHT WE DROPPED A CLANGER’(1959). Rix plays two roles; as an aircraftsman and the British Wing Commander, for double the wartime confusion! Directed by Darcy Conyers. Cast: Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, William Hartnell, Leslie Phillips, Liz Fraser, Irene Handl, Andrew Sachs, Hattie Jacques.
‘THE CASE OF THE MUKKINESE BATTLE-HORN’ (1956) Stars Peter Sellers, Dick Emery, Pamela Thomas and Spike Milligan. The story sees Quilt and Brown investigate the battle-horns disappearance and meet a few eccentric characters along the way. Directed by Joseph Sterling.
‘WHAT A WHOPPER’ (1961) tells the story of a struggling writer, Tony Blake, played by Adam Faith, who fakes an appearance of the Loch Ness monster. The film also stars Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Terence Longdon & Carole Lesley. Directed by Gilbert Gunn.
‘THE BUTLER’S DILEMMA’ (1943) stars Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry) as Rodney, who has to impersonate a butler in exchange for having his large gambling debts written off. The film co-stars Hermione Gingold and Henry Kendall. Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott.
‘GERT & DAISY CLEAN UP’ (1942) A “lost” film restored and available for the very first time on DVD in this box set. The title characters (Elsie and Doris Waters) help the war effort and foil a racketeering plot! Directed by Maclean Rogers, starring Elsie Waters, Doris Waters and Iris Vandeleur.
‘TONS OF TROUBLE’ (1956) Caretaker Mr. Pastry (Richard Hearne) and his hilarious calamities with ‘Mavis & Ethel’, the two boilers he looks after! Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott, starring Richard Hearne, William Hartnell and Austin Trevor.
‘GERT & DAISY’S WEEK-END’ (1942) The two East End sisters volunteer to escort a group of evacuee children out of Blitz-torn London into the safety of the countryside. Directed by Maclean Rogers, starring Elsie Waters, Doris Waters and Iris Vandeleur.
‘YOUR MONEY OR YOUR WIFE’ (1960) Married couple Pelham (Donald Sinden) and Gay Butterworth (Peggy Cummins) unexpectedly run into money troubles. Directed by Anthony Simmons, starring Donald Sinden, Peggy Cummins, and Richard Wattis. Gay Butterworth’s aunt dies and the inheritance goes to her. However, her husband Pelham finds another version of the will in which she only gets the interest on the capital, forcing them to rent out rooms in their house to pay off their debts. Then Gay comes up with the idea of divorcing Pelham, which would allow her to inherit all the money and they try and decide which tenant he should have an affair with to spark the divorce.
This wonderful collection also includes a new interview programme with LIZ FRASER ‘HER LIFE IN FILM’ and rounds off with the short feature ‘COMEDY COCKTAIL’ (1951), which features clips from Charlie Chaplin films.
The Renown Comedy Collection Volume 1
A collection of ten British comedy films on three discs.
ALL IN GOOD FUN (1955)
Director: James M. Anderson. Stars: Bob Monkhouse, John Bunny, Charles Chaplin. Comedy Compilation of film comedy from its earliest days to the golden age of slapstick.
INN FOR TROUBLE (1960)
Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards. Stars: Peggy Mount, David Kossoff, Leslie Phillips. Peggy Mount and David Kossoff star as Ada and Alf Larkin in this big screen version of the hugely popular 1950s TV comedy ‘The Larkins’. The Larkin family takes over a run-down country public house, “The Earl Osbourne”, but their efforts to rejuvenate business are impeded by the long-standing tradition of free beer being distributed by the local Earl.
DENTIST IN THE CHAIR (1960)
Director: Don Chaffey. Stars: Bob Monkhouse, Peggy Cummins, Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker. Student David makes a big mistake of falling in love with the Dean’s niece Peggy and he may have just made Britain’s ‘Most Wanted’ list too, by getting accidentally involved with stolen goods from a bungling crook!
TWO ON THE TILES (1951)
Director: John Guillermin. Stars: Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott, Brenda Bruce. A married couple both face temptations while separated for a few days. The husband meets an attractive female fellow traveler in Paris while the wife accidentally spends a night aboard a Royal Navy ship with a male friend after she is stranded following a party.
AND THE SAME TO YOU (1960)
Stars: Brian Rix, William Hartnell, Leo Franklyn. British comic farce featuring performances by Sid James and Tommy Cooper. Brian Rix plays Dickie Dreadnought, the boxing-mad nephew of pious clergyman Reverend Sydney Mullet (Leo Franklyn). Dickie embarks on an elaborate plan to keep his budding boxing career a secret.
CARRY ON ADMIRAL (1957)
Director: Val Guest. Stars: David Tomlinson, Peggy Cummins, Brian Reece. After a hard night’s drinking, the Assistant to the First Sea Lord and a new ship’s captain accidentally swap clothes and are mistaken for one another!
CRAZY DAYS (1962)
Director: James M. Anderson. Narrated by Hughie Green. Made in 1962. Scenes from the silent era greats, including Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin plus many more.
Director: John E. Blakeley. Stars: Norman Evans, Nat Jackley, Dan Young. Demobbed from the army Nat, Norman and Dan get new jobs, solve a crime and stage a concert party.
LIFETIME OF COMEDY (1960)
Writer: Sidney Stone. A compilation of comedy sketches from comedy kings Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Danny Kaye & Bing Crosby
TELL ME ANOTHER (1976)
Filmed with Dick Hills and a live studio audience. A comedy compilation of stories from Norman Wisdom, Arthur Askey, Jim Dale, Jimmy Jewel, Ted Ray, Roy Hudd, Spike Milligan, Reg Varney, Leslie Phillips, Terry Scott, Thora Hird, Warren Mitchell & Peggy Mount.
THE SILENT COMICS – A short documentary reflecting on the timeless works of silent comics Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Ben Turpin.