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Comedy Classics - The Love Match [1955] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jill Adams, Arthur Askey, Dorothy Blythe, Shirley Eaton, William Franklyn
  • Directors: David Paltenghi
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OIOPBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Long Lost Comedy Classics is a collection of films from a golden age of British Cinema, remembered for timeless stars and some unique movies that have stood the test of time. So why not take a trip down memory lane and see how cinema used to be? After being arrested for assaulting a football referee, desperate train driver Bill (Arthur Askey) raids the railwaymen's holiday fund to cover his £55 fine. He knows he's going to be discovered though, leaving him no choice but to get the money back by hook or by crook! His last chance is to run a book on the United v City football derby. If that wasn't tense enough, Bill`s son is also making his debut for United. It looks like it`s going to be a day to remember - do you dare look? ...The Love Match

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Richardson on 6 April 2007
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I am thrilled beyond words that this film is at last available on DVD. It is quite simply a classic of British working-class comedy of the 1950s.

Arthur Askey is not everyones cup of tea, that I know, but in this film he plays a train driver trying to manage his family, work, and get to see his football team play. Superb location work in Bolton (I think), great dialogue (AA opens door to daughters boyfriend "Who are you?", he says- "Alf Hall" comes the reply- "well don't worry" says AA "I'll catch you!"). Follwing this dialogue the boyfriend does the greatest pratfall ever committed to celluloid- you'll rewind that bit again and again, and still you will not be able to work out how he does it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brown on 29 Aug. 2009
A really good comedy about a football supporting train driver and his son who support City and United and the antics they get up to as Arthur tries to get to an important match. With some fascinating film taken on location in northwest England.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jack Z on 21 Aug. 2007
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This film typifies the 1950's life of family and neighbourliness. Arthur Askey, being such an excellent comedian also shows his acting skills which puts to shame the current crop of so-called 'comics'. The story is good, the production superb and every word spoken is as clear as a bell. I rate this one higher than the Ghost Train which is also value for money. The quality of the DVD and the packaging and speedy delivery does credit to a company, Direct Films, of whom I had never heard before. Well done, Amazon. Thank you. More, more, more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Baines on 9 Jun. 2010
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This is British Comedy at its absolute best and definitely deserves the word Classic from the stage play by Glenn Melvin who also stars in it along with Arthur Askey and several other well know British stars of the day, the cast and the way it is acted make it an absolute joy to watch. I was first recommended to watch this film by my Grandparents in the 1970's because they had seen the original play in Blackpool in the Early 50's and now over thirty years later they are still right its a gem and even now when i put it on my two teenage kids always sit,watch and laugh along with me they don't even mind the fact its black and white. Don't think you can get better "street cred" for a film than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By An Addick on 4 July 2008
This is one of the best comedy films that I remember from my youth. It has a very funny story line and some great characters, all well played. Some of the scenes could be classic comedy sketches on their own. Apart from one scene from Bolton's ground at the end, the football is (I understand) from a match between Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City and for fans of the Addicks provides the best footage of the dear old Valley that there is. It is worth getting just for that!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Kingswell on 24 Oct. 2007
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Daft British comedy with Arthur Askey as an engine driver who loves football and supports Manchester City football club. The dialogue is often loud and raucous and I would guess that Arthur's style of comedy is not to everyone's taste, but this is still a likeable film and there is good support from Thora Hird as his wife and the adorable Shirley Eaton as his daughter.
This was made in the 1950s when steam trains were still running and dance halls were very popular -- both are featured here. Interesting to see Danny Ross as Shirley's love interest. He later played Alfie Hall in the radio series 'The Clitheroe Kid' and his character has the same name here.
The picture and sound quality on this dvd is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2011
The Love Match is directed by David Paltenghi and based on a play by Glenn Melvyn who also co-stars with Arthur Askey. Also featuring are Thora Hird, Shirley Eaton, Danny Ross, William Franklyn and Edward Chapman. Arthur Grant is the photographer and Wilfred Burns scores the original music.

After a sequence of events sees him arrested for the assault of a football referee, train driver Bill Brown (Askey) has to use some of the railwayman's holiday fund to cover his fine. Desperate for the cash, Bill and his pal Wally (Melvyn) look to run a book on the upcoming United v City football match. But with his daughter Rose (Eaton) trying to win a dancing competition, and his son Arthur (Franklyn) about to make his debut for United, family strife is also taking a hold.

This was the first film that Arthur Askey made after a ten year absence from the big screen. It's typical boisterous fare, filled out with old time jokes and set piece frivolity. The story is a solid one, although it really helps if you are British and understand local football rivalry, while the cast around Askey perform to a high standard. There's some laugh out loud moments, such as one jitterbugging sequence, whilst the appearance of classic steam trains and rail yards carry with it a certain historical charm. All in all it's good harmless comedy fare for those who like Askey and similar British films of this ilk. 6.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tin Tactoo VINE VOICE on 14 July 2011
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I like anything with 'Big Hearted Arthur' in and this is no exception. It has a reasonable story line - rare these days - and the number of 'faces' to be spotted is great as well, and nice to see the late Danny Ross on film - he played alongside Jimmy Clitheroe on the radio years ago and oddy, the name he played in those programmes was 'Alfie Hall, the same name as in this film, which is totally (seemingly..) unrelated as such. The film itself is a good copy in the transfer to DVD and quite pleasing and yes, you do laugh assuming you have a sense of humour of course, oh umm - one of the best bits is Robb Wilton as a Judge and the actual scene is also on You Tube. To see the peroid cars and roads without traffic parked is from a bygone age!. All in all, very entertaining and I have made a point to sit and watch this again should the 'wet afternoon with nowt on telly' crop up as its quite entertaining, no swearing or moments you would feel you ought to leave the room with other people present so just go and buy it.
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