From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the pre-war British musical films offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
For The Love Of Mike (1932)
Broad humour and knockabout comedy characterise this high-spirited, rarely seen musical extravaganza.
My Song Goes Round The World (1934)
Set in Vienna, the touching, sometimes comic story of the love of a diminutive tenor (Joseph Schmidt) for a girl who has married his best friend.
Heart's Desire (1935)
Richard Tauber, the great Austrian tenor, features in the story of a singing peasant from a Vienna beer-garden who conquers London, but loses a lady's love...
First released: Monday 12th January 2015
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