Whilst the 1950s - with rationing continuing till the middle of the decade and economic austerity rife throughout - were relentless drab and grim for many who lived through them, this first full decade after the war also produced some all-time comedy greats.
On the radio there was Hancock's Half Hour; on television the launch of ITV; and in the cinema, a new legion of comic and straight acting heavyweights were coming to the fore: not least the likes of Frankie Howerd, John Gregson, Diana Dors, Donald Sinden and Stanley Holloway.
This brand new box sets brings together four such film titles starring the above, and many more besides, from the archives of the legendary Rank Organisation:
Jumping For Joy (1956)
Stanley Holloway and Frankie Howerd combine in this joyous canine caper. The pair must escape the clutches of a race fixing gang to ensure that their pooches bring home the bacon at the race for the Golden Bowl.
Set in 1950s Dublin, John Gregson is the irrepressible James Ignatious Rooney... the hurling loving dustman. Landladies fall at his feet and it's not due to the stench of the rubbish from his daily collections... Rooney is to too much of a gentleman to bring his work home with him... Oh no! It's the Irish Blarney, his good looks and his dog.
The Captain's Table (1959)
The crew of a cruise liner, led by Donald Sinden and Richard Wattis, do their best to maintain order as the passengers get up to all sorts of unpredictable and hilarious antics on board ship.