Play Up the Band
|Play Up the Band|
|Directed by||Harry Hughes|
|Produced by||Basil Humphrys
|Written by||Aveling Ginever
Betty Ann Davies
|Music by||Eric Spear|
|Edited by||Paul Capon|
|Distributed by||Associated British Film Distributors|
The film was made at Ealing Studios by the independent company City Films. 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.
- Stanley Holloway as Sam Small
- Betty Ann Davies as Betty Small
- Leslie Bradley as Jack
- Frank Atkinson as Alf Ramsbottom
- Charles Sewell as Lord Hechdyke
- Amy Veness as Lady Heckdyke
- Cynthia Stock as Vera
- Julie Suedo as Marquise de Vaux
- Arthur Gomez as Marquis de Vaux
- Hal Gordon as Bandmaster
- Louise Selkirk and her Ladies Orchestra as Themselves
- The London Brass Band as Themselves
- Perry p.175
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