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George Formby - Boots! Boots! [DVD]

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  • Actors: George Formby
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,919 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Musical comedy starring George Formby alongside his wife Beryl in his first ever feature film. George plays John Willie, the shoeshine boy at the upmarket Crestonian Hotel. He's a cheeky little man with no time for authority, a head full of dreams, a pocketful of songs and a heart full of love for the hotel's scullery maid (Beryl Formby). After causing more than his fair share of chaos at the hotel, he finally gets the chance to redeem himself - and show off his hidden musical talents - when he finds himself topping the bill at the hotel's Gala Cabaret Night. Songs include: 'Why Don't Women Like Me?', 'Sitting on the Ice in the Ice Rink' and 'I Could Make a Good Living at That'.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Shuttleworth on 26 Jan. 2007
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"Boots! Boots!" is not one of the classic Formby films you are likely to remember from days when the BBC showed black and white films a lot more often than they do now. Compared with the slick films Fred Astaire was making in the USA in the 1930s, the quality of this film looks very poor - and indeed, apparently the budget for the whole film was only £3000. However, this is an historic film as it was George Formby's first film (excluding the film By The Shortest of Heads, which probably no longer exists). The best thing about this film is the fact that the character he plays is basically the first appearance of the character he was to play in all of his films - albeit called John Willie here - which is why it is worth buying this DVD if you like George Formby. The songs he sings are as good as ever, the humour is entertaining, the story is simple and gentle though not brilliantly written, and there are some genuinely funny scenes. I get the impression that this was a cheaply made film to promote some of the local talent as a few people have a turn in the film (including Beryl Formby dancing) but it is George who holds the film together with his 'daft but knowing' character. In my opinion George was an excellent actor - his character may have been very similar in all his films, but he played it very well. This film was cheaply made so the quality of the film is variable ,and the camera work was very basic, but the quality of the DVD could not be better. The fact that "lost" scenes have been rediscovered and added to the film adds to the appeal of this film. I am hoping that if enough people buy this film, others will also be released on DVD - which would be fitting, as George Formby was one of our great comedians and actors from the 1930s and 1940s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Jones on 10 May 2013
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A very self-conscious Formby plays opposite his (utterly revolting) wife to be Beryl in this early Manchunian feature. Has the look and feel of a poor man's silent comedy feature where the producers are fighting to come to terms with both how to use sound and 'what on earth to do with the camera'. Both this and 'Off the Dole' (very similar films - hence, very similar reviews) are totally amateurish and very different to any of his (much better) later releases. Neither film can be recommended other than as historical curiosities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2011
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This film is originally cast as George Formby's first one, since the earlier silent one is long since lost! A good addition to add to your collection if you are looking for the addition to complete the set. Hoping they will release Feather Your Nest soon so i can complete all of his films.
A good film as it features Coronation Streets Betty Turpin in a cameo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMK on 6 Feb. 2014
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The audio is quite good when considering the age of the film. The black and white image is also very good.

There is too much music hall comedy and in places it's a little overplayed.. All in all it's a good film that would have been much better if the director had paid more attention to what was going on. I'm biased, I love George Formby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Foster on 31 July 2013
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A wonderful film even though its a real oldie enjoyed every moment of it even the grandchildren enjoyed it .it deserves 5star rating and more yes I would recommend it to all my friends.A+++++++++++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mort Peacock on 9 Jan. 2013
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Good collectors item but a bit archaic in comparison to the Ealing collections.Couldn't compare to Keep YourSeats Please or Feather Your Nest.I hope Ealing releases a good copy of the latter.
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