The Balloon Goes Up
Comedy duo Ethel Revnell and Gracie West star in this 1942 New Realm comedy musical, alongside Ronald Shiner. Revnell and West were a popular female double act. Ethel was just over six feet tall, while Gracie was considerably shorter, at just under five feet. They began their career in concert party. Their most popular variety characters were "Ethel & Gracie", malevolent cockney schoolgirls. In this film the double act masquerade as WAAFs on a balloon site to help the authorities capture a group of fifth columnists.
Up With The Lark
The British music-hall comedy team of Ethel and Gracie were busy starring in the popular BBC radio series The Long And The Short Of It. Ethel was the "long" and Gracie the "short" when they starred in a group of high-grossing feature films. In this film, a 1943 New Realm production, the famous duo disguised as land girls pursue a gang of black marketeers to their secret headquarters in the country - the film includes some wonderful musical interludes. Written by Val Valentine, who also wrote some of the St Trinians films.
First released: Monday 30th April 2012
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