From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the British musical films of the 1930's 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.
Over She Goes (1937) Plot and counter-plot jostle each other in this romantic comedy about a music-hall star who finds himself much in demand when he inherits a title!
Harmony Heaven (1930) The tale of a young songwriter, the actress who helps him find success, and the vamp who sets her sights on him.
Music Hath Charms (1935) This cheerful maze of melody, song, comedy and drama showcases the talents of Henry Hall and His Dance Band.
The Song You Gave Me (1933) Set in Vienna, this lively musical comedy stars Bebe Daniels as an actress who falls in love with her secretary, but has difficulty in persuading him to propose to her.