British Comedy Guide

Ealing Studios

Ealing Studios.

Ealing Studios is the oldest working film studio in the world. The company prides itself on not only producing films, but also being able to provide the facilities for the production and distribution of said films.

Ealing is best-known for movies produced around the time of and in the decade immediately following the Second World War, under the brand Ealing Films, then a subsidiary of Associated Talking Pictures.

Their large catalogue of films include classics such as The Ladykillers, Passport To Pimlico and The Lavender Hill Mob.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film A Run For Your Money. Image shows from L to R: Twm Jones (Meredith Edwards), Huw Price (Hugh Griffith). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL. A Run For Your Money Film A 1949 film in which brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London and become separated.
Film Fiddlers Three. Fiddlers Three Film
Film Kind Hearts And Coronets. The General D'Ascoyne (Alec Guinness). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL / Ealing Studios. Kind Hearts And Coronets Film Black Ealing comedy with eight classic characterisations by Alec Guinness as the noble victims of vengeance-seeking relative Dennis Price.
Film No Limit. George Shuttleworth (George Formby). Copyright: Ealing Studios / STUDIOCANAL. No Limit Film Early George Formby film and the first major movie to be shown on British television. A Lancashire lad with a home-built bike aspires to compete in the Isle of Man TT races.
Film Passport To Pimlico. Image shows from L to R: Arthur Pemberton (Stanley Holloway), P.C. Spiller (Philip Stainton), Central European (Paul Demel). Copyright: Ealing Studios / STUDIOCANAL. Passport To Pimlico Film Ealing comedy about a legal discovery that leads the residents of Pimlico to declare themselves an independent nation, Burgundy.
Film Sailors Three. Image shows from L to R: Tommy Taylor (Tommy Trinder), Johnny (Michael Wilding), Llewellyn 'Admiral' (Claude Hulbert). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL. Sailors Three Film In the depths of the Second World War, three friends from HMS Ferocious find themselves stuck on board a German destroyer.
Film St Trinian's. Image shows from L to R: Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley), Kelly Jones (Gemma Arterton), Polly (Lily Cole), Taylor (Kathryn Drysdale), Peaches (Amara Karan), Celia (Juno Temple), Chloe (Antonia Bernath), Chelsea Parker (Tamsin Egerton), Andrea (Paloma Faith). Copyright: Fragile St Trinian's Limited / Ealing Studios. St Trinian's Film Revival of the classic film series, sttarring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. The girls rally round when the school is faced with financial ruin.
Film St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold. Image shows from L to R: Bianca (Zawe Ashton), Roxy (Sarah Harding), Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley), Zoe (Montserrat Lombard). Copyright: Fragile St Trinian's Limited / Ealing Studios. St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold Film The girls of St Trinian's are back - and this time they're racing a secretive, corrupt organisation to discover pirate treasure.
Film St Trinians. St Trinian's Versus The World Film A third St. Trinian's film, which was never made.
Film The Big Blockade. Skipper (Will Hay). Copyright: Ealing Studios / STUDIOCANAL. The Big Blockade Film Wartime propaganda film with a comic edge, illustrating the importance of waging economic battle against German industry and manufacturing.
Film The Goose Steps Out. William Potts (Will Hay). Copyright: Ealing Studios / STUDIOCANAL. The Goose Steps Out Film Wartime comedy starring Will Hay. Teacher William Potts goes undercover at a German spy training school.
Film The Ladykillers. Image shows from L to R: Major Claude Courtney (Cecil Parker), Harry Robinson (Peter Sellers), Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), 'One-Round' Lawson (Danny Green). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL. The Ladykillers Film Classic Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. A gang of robbers meet their match in a little old lady.
Film The Lavender Hill Mob. Image shows from L to R: Holland (Alec Guinness), Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway). The Lavender Hill Mob Film An Ealing Studios comedy classic, The Lavender Hill Mob stars Alec Guinness & Stanley Holloway attempting to carry out the perfect crime.
Film The Man In The White Suit. Image shows from L to R: Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), Daphne Birnley (Joan Greenwood). Copyright: Ealing Studios. The Man In The White Suit Film Classic Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness. Sidney Stratton invents a fibre that never gets dirty and never wears out, but it causes him problems.
Film The Titfield Thunderbolt. Image shows from L to R: Joan (Gabrielle Brune), Valentine (Stanley Holloway). Copyright: Ealing Studios. The Titfield Thunderbolt Film Comedy starring Stanley Holloway. The villagers of Titfield take matters into their own hands when their local railway line closes down.
Film Touch And Go. Copyright: Ealing Studios. Touch And Go Film Jim makes a sudden decision to emigrate to Australia after a row with his boss.
Film Whisky Galore!. Image shows from L to R: George Campbell (Gordon Jackson), The Biffer (Morland Graham). Copyright: Ealing Studios. Whisky Galore! Film Classic Ealing comedy about a Scotch-laden ship that runs aground off the coast of the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War.
Film Who Done It?. Image shows from L to R: Frankie Mayne (Belinda Lee), Hugo Dill (Benny Hill). Who Done It? Film Big screen debut for Benny Hill as a street-sweeper who wins enough money to pursue his dream of becoming a private investigator.
Film Another Shore. Gulliver Shiels (Robert Beatty). Another Shore Film A young Irishman comes up with an unusual plan to get the money to emigrate to a tropical island.
Film Johnny Frenchman. Image shows from L to R: Yan Kervarec (Paul Dupuis), Sue Pomeroy (Patricia Roc). Copyright: Ealing Studios. Johnny Frenchman Film Comedy drama following a Cornish fishing community and its relationship with its French rivals.
Film My Learned Friend. William Fitch (Will Hay). Copyright: Ealing Studios. My Learned Friend Film Released from prison, a convict is gunning for the men who put him away. Will Hay is on the list, and enlists the help of Claude Hulbert.
Film The Foreman Went To France. Tommy Hoskins (Tommy Trinder). Copyright: Ealing Studios / STUDIOCANAL. The Foreman Went To France Film Wartime propaganda film with a comic edge, about a mission venturing deep into France as the Nazis push forward.
Film The Love Lottery. Rex Allerton (David Niven). Copyright: Ealing Studios. The Love Lottery Film After a Hollywood star is duped by a gambling syndicate, he's forced to offer himself as first prize in an international lottery.
Film The Maggie. Image shows from L to R: The Skipper (Captain Peter MacTaggart) (Alex Mackenzie), The Engineman (McGregor) (Abe Barker), The Mate (Hamish) (James Copeland). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL / Ealing Studios. The Maggie Film Ealing comedy depicting a clash of cultures between a hard-nosed American businessman and a crafty Scottish sea captain.

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