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. Copyright: Studio Canal. A Run For Your Money Film A 1949 film in which brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London, to collect a prize.
Film Easy Virtue. Image shows from L to R: Larita Whittaker (Jessica Biel), Mr. Whittaker (Colin Firth), Mrs. Whittaker (Kristin Scott Thomas), John Whittaker (Ben Barnes). Copyright: Ealing Studios / Pathe. Easy Virtue Film Social comedy based on the play by Noel Coward. When a glamorous American widow marries an young Englishman, tensions arise with her new in-laws.
Film Kind Hearts And Coronets. The General D'Ascoyne (Alec Guinness). Copyright: Studio Canal / 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 Film Early George Formby film and the first major movie to be shown on British television.
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 / Studio Canal. Passport To Pimlico Film Ealing comedy about a legal discovery that leads the residents of Pimlico to declare themselves an independent nation, Burgundy.
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. 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 / Studio Canal. 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 Courtney (Cecil Parker), Harry Robinson (Peter Sellers), Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), 'One-Round' Lawson (Danny Green). Copyright: Studio Canal. The Ladykillers Film Classic Ealing comedy film 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 Studio 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 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 Love Lottery. Rex Allerton (David Niven). Copyright: Ealing Studios / Studio Canal. The Love Lottery Film A Hollywood film star is duped by a gambling syndicate, and 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: Studio Canal / 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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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2012 TV Stand-Up Jimmy Carr Live
2009 Film Film St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold
2008 Film Film Easy Virtue
2007 TV Sitcom Angelo's
2007 Film Film St Trinian's
1955 Film Film The Ladykillers
1955 Film Film Touch And Go
1954 Film Film The Love Lottery
1954 Film Film The Maggie
1953 Film Film The Titfield Thunderbolt
1951 Film Film The Lavender Hill Mob
1951 Film Film The Man In The White Suit
1949 Film Film Kind Hearts And Coronets
1949 Film Film Passport To Pimlico
1949 Film Film Whisky Galore!
1943 Film Film My Learned Friend
1942 Film Film The Big Blockade
1942 Film Film The Goose Steps Out

Distributed films

Year Title
1943 My Learned Friend
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