Elstree Calling

  • Film
  • Drama
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Brunel's 'revolutionary plans for camera and editing treatment' for Britain's first musical were thwarted by the Elstree establishment, but the film's display of revue artists and music hall stars of another age has a hypnotic quality hardly affected by its primitive technique. Worth seeing, if only as a belated guide to 'What's On in London, 1930'. In the print under review, the stencil-coloured dancing girls have been restored. Brunel served as supervising director; Hitchcock directed the sketches; Charlot, Hulbert and Murray the ensemble numbers.

Release details

Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Adrian Brunel, Alfred Hitchcock, André Charlot, Jack Hulbert, Paul Murray
Screenwriter: Val Valentine
Cast: Will Fyffe
Cicely Courtneidge
Jack Hulbert
Tommy Handley
Lily Morris
Gordon Harker
Anna May Wong
Donald Calthrop