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

Jill Adams , Arthur Askey , David Paltenghi    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OIOPBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,867 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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten classic of 1950's British Comedy 6 April 2007
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine comedy 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his Big-Hearted best. 21 Aug 2007
By Jack Z
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant A Real Comedy Classic 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus for Charlton fans 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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4.0 out of 5 stars HELLO, PLAYMATES! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES 6 Feb 2010
By Binso
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I remember seeing this film in my youth so viewing it again gave me great pleasure. The humour may not be the same as todays but for someone of my era it still made me laugh. The quality of the DVD was surprising good considering the age of the original print. I will certainly being looking for similar types of DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Match 30 Jan 2010
By Sortean
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BRILLIANT! Gives a snapshot of what life was like back then. Well acted by all concerned and a must for anyones DVD collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rated in my Top Ten of Films
To me this is one of the funniest comedy films ever made. Every time I watch it I fall about laughing. Also some memories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Malcolm Boocock
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Very Prompt and would use again - Very happy with this film as have been looking for this for a long time
Published 3 months ago by P E GREENLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars I saw it many years ago and it is as funny as I remembered it.
Not as much railway footage as thought it had but funny and clean humour. Reflected life in the north at the time so a bit of nostalgia.
Published 3 months ago by Railcam
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Cassics-The Love Match
I found these old classic's very very funny throughly enjoyable made me lafe a lot the simple story yet its grat buy and enjoy
Published 4 months ago by Thbrookes
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air!
a breath of fresh air, british classic comedy at it's best! to me america comedy is not very funny. also some footage of past history now long gone when brittain was a enginering... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clive Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Family entertainment which still appeals to all age groups. Very enjoyable movie,funny,hilarious comedy which epitomises its era & captivated audiences.
Published 12 months ago by james oxby
5.0 out of 5 stars Such Fun!
I bought the DVD despite Arthur Askey rather than because of his input into the film and for people like me who are not fans of his it is still worth a look as he is in and out of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of its time .....
Knockabout comedy with a good storyline, steam trains, football and the great Arthur Askey, can a man ask for more ?
Published 13 months ago by Mr. I. Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars for a friend
Hi,
This product was brought for a friend so I don't know much about it even though tho I do like Erik Sykes
Published 16 months ago by stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vintage fun
This is a very enjoyable little film from the 1950s, with a working-class family theme, some nice gentle comedy and some very decent performances from performers who had honed... Read more
Published 18 months ago by James Colley
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