British Comedy Guide

Gainsborough Pictures

Gainsborough was founded in 1924 by Michael Balcon. Later a sister company to Gaumont-British, it was based at Islington Studios in north London and became known for its B-movies and melodramas.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film Band Waggon. Image shows from L to R: Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch (Richard Murdoch), Arthur Askey (Arthur Askey), Hobday (Donald Calthrop). Band Waggon Film Wartime film based on the popular BBC radio comedy series.
Film Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt. Arthur Linden (Arthur Askey). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt Film Farce based on the hit Victorian play Charley's Aunt, starring Arthur Askey as an Oxford scholar.
Film Easy Money. Copyright: ITV / Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Easy Money Film
Film Hi Gang! Film Film spin-off of the popular BBC radio series.
Film Holiday Camp. Sq. Ldr. Hardwick (Dennis Price). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Holiday Camp Film The Huggett family visit a holiday camp and soon find themselves mixed up in all manner of strange and suspicious people.
Film It's Not Cricket. Image shows from L to R: Major Bright (Basil Radford), Primrose Brown (Susan Shaw), Captain Early (Naunton Wayne). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. It's Not Cricket FIlm Kicked out of the military, a pair of twits establish their own private detective firm and unwittingly find a stolen diamond.
Film Marry Me Film
Film Oh, Mr Porter!. William Porter (Will Hay). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Oh, Mr Porter! Film The inept railway worker William Porter has been made station master in a small village in Northern Ireland. Starring Will Hay.
Film The Ghost Train. The Ghost Train Film When a concert party is stranded at a remote Cornish railway station, its members are amused by the station master's stories of the local "ghost train".
Film Traveller's Joy. Image shows from L to R: Beatrice 'Bumble' Pelham (Googie Withers), Reggie Pelham (John McCallum). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Traveller's Joy Film Restricted as to how much money they can take abroad, a divorced couple find themselves stuck, penniless, in the same Swedish hotel.
Film Two Thousand Women. Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Two Thousand Women Film Film set in 1944 in a Nazi-run French internment camp for British women caught up in the invasion of Europe.
Film A Boy, A Girl And A Bike. Susie Bates (Honor Blackman). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. A Boy, A Girl And A Bike Film Comedy centred around a Yorkshire town's cycling club.
Film Convict 99. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Benjamin Twist (Will Hay), Jerry, The Mole (Moore Marriott). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited. Convict 99 Film Will Hay comedy.
Film Give Us The Moon Film A group of friends rent a club and lure guests in by saying they will meet a rich and beautiful princess. She never arrives, but by this point they have spent a fortune at the bar..
Film The Lucky Number Film

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Distributed films

Year Title
1935 Boys Will Be Boys