From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the British musical films of the 1930s offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars. This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes av...
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Collection of British musicals from the 1930s. 'Harmony Heaven' (1930), directed by Thomas Bentley, tells the story of a talented young songwriter who finds himself caught up in a love triangle. Polly Ward and Stuart Hall star. 'The Song You Gave Me' (1933), directed by Paul L. Stein, follows Mitzi Hansen (Bebe Daniels), a successful Viennese actress who encounters unexpected difficulties winning the affection of her secretary Karl (Victor Varconi). 'Music Hath Charms' (1935), again directed by Bentley, follows the exploits of a popular dance band led by Henry Hall. Finally, 'Over She Goes' (1938), directed by Graham Cutts, details the comic events that ensue when a music hall entertainer unexpectedly inherits a title and becomes a member of the gentry. Stanley Lupino is among the stars.