From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the pre-war British musical films 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 available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
BLOSSOM TIME (1934) World-renowned tenor Richard Tauber features in a dramatisation of the life of Schubert, focusing on the composer's unrequited love for a dance master's daughter. OVER THE GARDEN WALL (1934) An aunt objects to the romance between her niece and a neighbour's nephew, and steps in to put an end to the love affair with comic consequences... MISTER CINDERS (1934) The Cinderella story is reversed in this light-hearted adaptation, with Cinders a young man who eventually wins the 'princess' in this case, an oil millionaire's daughter! EVERYTHING IS RHYTHM (1936) Based on the spectacular rise of bandleader and vaudevillian Harry Roy, this is the comic tale of a Ruritanian princess who elopes with a dance-band leader.