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The Arthur Askey Collection [DVD] 
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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are further compounded when financial aid, given by the former famous music-hall star Lady Randall (Lily Morris), is withdrawn.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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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 !
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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This Arthur Askey collection is a classic very funny would definitely recommend any one thinking of buying itPublished 8 months ago by charley208