February 20, 2017


Off The Dole – 1935 | 89 mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Off The Dole

Low-budget George Formby comedy shot at Londonís Albany Studios for producer John E Blakeleyís primitive Mancunian Film Corp. George Formby‘s second feature gives an insight into 1930s Northern music-hall humour and provides a platform for a number of Formbyís trademark ukulele songs.

When workshy John Willie (George Formby) is thrown out of the queue at the labour exchange, he is offered the opportunity to take over his ailing uncle’s detective agency. George blunders his way through the case of a suspected unfaithful husband visiting a nudist colony, a schoolteacher that believes a pupilís father is being cruel to his son, and a wife that wishes to divorce her allegedly abusive husband.

Production Team

Arthur Mertz: Director
Sidney Eaton: Cinematography
Arthur Mertz: Film Editing
John E. Blakeley: Producer
Arthur Mertz: Script
George Formby: Script
John E. Blakeley: Script
Leonard Hartley: Sound


Wally Patch: Detective Brown
Tully Comber: Rex Raymond
Clifford McLaglen: Dick Manners
Constance Shotter: Irene Manners
Dan Young: Manager
Beryl Formby: Miss Seymour
George Formby: John Willie

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