Elstree Calling

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Released in 1930 by British International Pictures in response to the lavish revues being produced by the major Hollywood studios, Elstree Calling was Britain's first musical film.

This all-star vaudeville show features performers drawn from some of the era's most popular London productions, including Cicely Courtneidge, Anna May Wong, John Longden, and music-hall veterans Will Fyffe and Lily Morris. Compèred by Tommy Handley, the film presents nineteen comedy and musical sketches in the guise of a 'live' television broadcast; Alfred Hitchcock – then under contract to BIP – was responsible for creating the sketches and linking material.

Elstree Calling

A fascinating snapshot of the earliest years of the British musical film and rarely seen since its original release, Elstree Calling is made available here in a brand-new transfer from the original elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Several sequences in the film were originally artificially coloured using the Pathecolor system and those colour sequences are intact here.

Elstree Calling

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Image gallery
[] Includes full opening overture (fades up from black)

Elstree Calling



Reference
7954102
Year
1930
Director
Adrian Brunel
Actor
Donald Calthrop
Media
Film
Format
DVD
Label
The British Film
Genre
Musical
Barcode
5027626410247
Classification
TBC
Number of Discs
1
Picture
1.19:1 / Black and White / Colour
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
83 mins approx

Reference
7954102
Year
1930
Director
Adrian Brunel
Actor
Donald Calthrop
Media
Film
Format
DVD
Label
The British Film
Genre
Musical
Barcode
5027626410247
Classification
TBC
Number of Discs
1
Picture
1.19:1 / Black and White / Colour
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
83 mins approx