Play Up the Band

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Play Up the Band
Directed by Harry Hughes
Produced by Basil Humphrys
Eric Donaldson
Written by Aveling Ginever
Frank Atkinson
Katherine Strueby
Vernon Harris
Harry Hughes
Starring Stanley Holloway
Betty Ann Davies
Leslie Bradley
Amy Veness
Music by Eric Spear
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Paul Capon
City Films
Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors
Release date
November 1935
Running time
71 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Play Up the Band is a 1935 British musical comedy film directed by Harry Hughes and starring Stanley Holloway, Betty Ann Davies and Leslie Bradley.

The film was made at Ealing Studios by the independent company City Films.[1] The film's sets were designed by art director R. Holmes Paul. Location shooting took place at the Crystal Palace, which burnt down the following year.


The brass band of the Northern town of Hechdyke travel south to London to compete in a national contest. In the capital Sam Small becomes mixed up in a series of adventures including a plot to steal Lady Heckdyke's pearls and the romantic relationship between Heckdyke's son and Small's cousin Betty. Mistakenly arrested for the theft of the pearls, Small has to race to reach The Crystal Palace in time for the competition.



  1. ^ Perry p.175


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Sutton, David R. A Chorus of Raspberries: British Film Comedy 1929-1939. University of Exeter Press, 2000.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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