Double bill of musical comedies from the 1940s starring double act Ethel Revnell and Gracie West.
The Balloon Goes Up (1942) Ethel Revnell and Gracie West were a popular female double act. Ethel was just over six feet tall, while Gracie was considerably shorter, at just under five feet. They began their career in concert party. Their most popular variety characters were "Ethel and Grade", malevolent cockney schoolgirls. In this film the double act masquerade as WAAFs on a balloon site to help the authorities capture a group of fifth columnists. Up with the Lark (1943) The British music-hall comedy team of Ethel (Ethel Revnell) and Gracie (Gracie West) were busy starring in the popular BBC radio series, The Long and the Short of It. Ethel was the "long" and Gracie the "short" when they starred in a group of high-grossing feature films. In this film, a 1943 New Realm Production, the famous duo disguised as land girls pursue a gang of black marketeers to their secret headquarters in the country -the film includes some wonderful musical interludes. Written by Val Valentine who also wrote some of the St Trinians films.