Keep Fit

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Keep Fit
"Keep Fit" (1937).jpg
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Produced by Basil Dean
Jack Kitchin
Written by Anthony Kimmins
Austin Melford
Starring George Formby
Kay Walsh
Guy Middleton
Evelyn Roberts
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Gordon Dines
Ronald Neame
Edited by Ernest Aldridge
Distributed by ABFD
Release date
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Keep Fit is a 1937 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Kay Walsh and Guy Middleton. It was made at Ealing Studios.[1] Formby was at his British top box-office peak when this comedy was made.[2]


George Formby again plays his working class underdog, gormless, gullible, indefatigable and triumphant hero.

Here Formby's character is a weakling who overcomes obstacles to beat a corrupt rival in the boxing ring. He plays a scrawny barber's assistant who, in response to the keep fit fad sweeping through Britain at the time, dreams of a better physique, and sings of it in the catchy ‘Biceps, Muscle and Brawn’. He falls in love with a beautiful manicurist, and competes for her affections with a muscle bound thug. The manicurist is more attracted to the brute until the barber can prove that he is a crook, and defeat him in the boxing ring.[3][4]


Critical reception[edit]

Sky Movies wrote " it's a bouncy, confidently made comedy that's fun throughout and pretty hilarious in its boxing-ring conclusion."[5]


  1. ^ Wood p.95
  2. ^ "Keep Fit - Sky Movies HD". 2002-05-23. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Keep Fit (1937) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ Nield, Anthony (2010-04-08). "Keep Fit | DVD Video Review | Film @ The Digital Fix". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Keep Fit - Sky Movies HD". 2002-05-23. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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