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The Arthur Askey Collection [DVD] [1940]

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  • Actors: Arthur Askey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 494 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GSGLOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,426 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six classic Arthur Askey comedies. 'Back Room Boy' (1942) follows the antics of Askey and a timid meterologist who are packed off to an Orkney Island lighthouse. After a bit of mucking about they go off hot on the trail of a band of Nazi spies. 'Band Waggon' (1940) is a spin-off movie from Askey's popular BBC radio programme of the same name. After being evicted from Broadcasting House, Arthur and Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch move to a castle where they stumble upon television equipment which they use to put on a show. The show is of course the ideal vehicle for the variety acts from the radio show. In 'Bees in Paradise' (1944), Askey plays a pilot who bales out over Paradise Island, not knowing that he is about to land in a bee-worshipping colony of women and that he is about to become a drone for the queen bee. When he finds out that, as custom demands, he is due to be sacrificed two months after the honeymoon, he soon starts thinking about escape. The women of course have other ideas. In 'King Arthur Was a Gentleman' (1942), Askey is a newly recruited soldier who finds himself stationed in King Arthur County. Naturally when he unexpectedly chances upon a sword he is convinced it belonged to Arthur and that now he is indestructible. In 'Miss London Ltd.' (1943), Askey stars as a man trying to save his flagging escort agency. A new partner suggests getting some new girls in, just in time for the soldiers' leave. The film features English singing favourite of the 1940s, Anne Shelton. In 'I Thank You' (1941), the perils, humiliations and humour of trying to run a second-rate theatrical company are further compounded when financial aid, given by the former famous music-hall star Lady Randall (Lily Morris), is withdrawn. Not to be defeated, the stars decide the show must go on and devise a plan to persuade her to reinvest.

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I bought this for my husband for his birthday, he likes Arthur Askey but wishes the set included Ghost train
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I used to watch all his films when I was a child and for some strange reason I always found them quite funny although a wee bit over the top . It is a pity that the Ghost Train is not among this collection as that was my favourite of all his films . This six film collection is okay if you quite like black and white comedy films and it was reasonably priced .
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you always get a good laugh with arthur askey the films are timless they stand the test of time no matter how old they are
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Wartime comedy with Arthur Askey I seem to be wanting to remember the old days and fed up of all these modern films so I buy these old films the comedy is not sophisticated, but simple clean comedy. nice songs. that thrilled wartime audiences still giving great pleasure now.
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Though Arthur Askey was very popular in his day, he was better in theatre or on radio Like Tommy Trinder, Tony Hancock,Frankie Howard,,Benny Hill,Morecambe & Wise they never came accross as great film stars
As a collector of British Comedy films, this box represents most of Arthur's efforts (Minus "Charley's Aunt" & "The Ghost Train")
The films in this collection are "Back-Room Boy/Band Waggon /Bees in Paradise / King Arthur Was A Gentleman /Miss London Ltd/
/ I Thank You.
Still quite enjoyable for their vintage !
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great to finally see more arthur askey films on d.v.d. sadly, he isn't really suitable to film. his acting style hasn't aged very well at all, as you will notice.

still, there are some amusing moments to be had here and there.

the best films here are "band waggon" and "back room boy." here askey had the good fortune to work with richard murdoch, moore marriott and graham moffatt. they work very well together. in "back room boy," askey is playing his usual character but more as a comic reactor which is an improvement.

then after 1941, askey made the considerable mistake of parting company with them by lumbering himself with some really second-rate supporting players; they have neither the talent nor the on-screen chemistry of askey's previous co-stars. his later films have too much singing which is a major distraction throughout. "king arthur was a gentlemen" is a particular culprit.

what this film collection is, is a hint at what arthur askey might have achieved if his career had continued in the same vein as his earlier films. as things stand, he is no serious rival to either will hay or george formby.
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A good example of his comedy style in very enjoyable stories. Good fun family entertainment.
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Good clean British comedy from Arthur and the regulars who supported him and made him what he was. Many of the films are made during the war and are morale boosting movies for the period. The idiot Arthur always comes out on top and exposes the German plots. He always manages to have the best looking girls chasing him despite his unique looks.
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