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The Balloon Goes Up / Up With The Lark

The Balloon Goes Up / Up With The Lark

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The Balloon Goes Up

Comedy duo Ethel Revnell and Gracie West star in this 1942 New Realm comedy musical, starring Ronald Shiner. Ethel Revnell and Gracie West were a popular female double act. Ethel was just over six feet tall, while Gracie was considerably shorter, at just under five feet. They began their career in concert party. Their most popular variety characters were “Ethel & Gracie”, malevolent cockney schoolgirls. In this film the double act masquerade as WAAFs on a balloon site to help the authorities capture a group of fifth columnists.


Directed By
Redd Davis

Cast
Ethel Revnell - Ethel
Gracie West - Gracie
Donald Peers - Sergeant Jim
Ronald Shiner- Sergeant Shiner
Elsie Wagstaff - Welfare Officer
Gertrude Maesmore Morris - Lady Hurst
Gordon McLeod - Doctor

Year of Production 1942

Running Time: 53 mins approx
Black & White
Format: 4:3
Region: 0
Sound: Dual Mono

Up With The Lark

The British music-hall comedy team of Ethel (Ethel Revnell) and Gracie (Gracie West) were busy starring in the popular BBC radio series, The Long and the Short of It. Ethel was the “long“ and Gracie the “short“ when they starred in a group of high-grossing feature films. In this film, a 1943 New Realm Production, the famous duo disguised as land girls pursue a gang of black marketeers to their secret headquarters in the country - the film includes some wonderful musical interludes. Written by Val Valentine who also wrote some of the St Trinians films.

Directed By
Philip Brandon

Cast
Ethel Revnell - Ethel
Gracie West - Gracie
Anthony Holles - Martel
Anthony Hulme - Mr Britt
Johnnie Schofield - Mr. Tanner
Leslie Osmond - Mabel
Alan Kane - Fred Tompkins
Ian Fleming - Rev. Swallow

Year of Production 1943

Running Time: 54 mins approx
Black & White
Format: 4:3
Region: 0
Sound: Dual Mono

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