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Betty Driver I’ll Take Romance
Although Betty Driver MBE is most associated with her Coronation Street character Betty Turpin, a role that she played on screen from 1969 to 2011, her career began three decades before she set foot in Weatherfield. I’ll Take Romance showcases Betty’s twenty year recording career. She began performing aged just 9 in 1930, in music hall variety, becoming one of Britain’s best-loved singing stars with countless records, her own radio and television programmes and star roles in three feature films. During World War II Betty toured with ENSA,
entertaining the troops.
I’ll Take Romance includes her first 78rpm record, Jubilee Baby, released in 1935 and Let’s Gather Round The Parlour Piano, issued in 1954. The tracks range from comedy numbers to torch songs, demonstrating her versatility. They include Betty’s 1955 live radio performance of The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes, revisiting the song she became synonymous with.
Track List: Jubilee Baby / The Little Woolly Vest / The Alpine Milkman / It’s Men Like You / I Love To Whistle / I’ll Take Romance / The Sweetest Song In The World / I Fall In Love With You Everyday / So Little Time / Oh Ma-Ma! / What Goes On Here In My Heart? / Red Maple Leaves / I’ve Got A Hunch / We Mustn’t Miss The Last Bus Home / Twitterpated / Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (I Love You) / The Bullfrog (Samba) / Let’s Gather Round The Parlour Piano / I Know You’re Mine / Conchita Marquita Lolita Pepita Rosita Juanita Lopez (Live) / Yankee Doodle Came To London Town (Live) / The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes (Live)
Ealing Studios Rarities
Total Run Time: 319 minutes approx. 2 Discs. Black & White. 1939-1954
A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. Four films from this era comprise this 2-disc set. Betty Driver plays a young Lancashire lass who is an aspiring singer in Let’s Be Famous (1939, showing off her beautiful singing voice. (79 min) An Irishman who thinks he can sing is invited to the BBC, not to sing but to take part in a radio competition. He then becomes involved in a series of misadventures – including a parachute jump – and falls for the young singer. This was Betty’s second film as a leading star. Stars: Jimmy O’Dea, Betty Driver, Sonnie Hale, Patrick Barr, Basil Radford, Lena Brown, Milton Rosmer, Henry Hallett, Garry Marsh, Franklyn Bellamy, Alf Goddardand Raymond Huntley. Director: Walter Forde.
Also included: The Divided Heart (1954) (86 min) A German couple adopt a war orphan. Stars: Armin Dahlen, Cornell Borchers and Yvonne Mitchell.
His Excellency (1952) (81 min) An ex-docker is made governor of a Mediterranean island. Stars: Eric Portman, Cecil Parker, Helen Cherry & Susan Stephen.
Saloon Bar (1940) (73 min) Pub locals try to prove a man’s innocence before he is hanged. Stars: Gordon Harker, Mervyn Johns and Elizabeth Allan.