February 25, 2017


Turned Out Nice Again – 1941 | 81mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Turned Out Nice Again

George Formby‘s last film at Ealing eschewed the war. Turned Out Nice Again, with its title based on a familiar Formby catchphrase, was again directed by Marcel Varnel. In it, George plays an assistant in a Lancashire women’s underwear firm who is tricked into buying the rights for an apparently worthless yarn. He is fired, but the yarn turns out to be revolutionary, ensuring a happy ending. George’s traditional firm cling to whalebone and flannelette, while its up-to-date rivals favour lightweight scanties, but this time it is the old-fashioned way that is condemned. The plot had rather more substance than was normal in a Formby film, breaking new ground in enabling him to marry the girl (Peggy Bryan) early in the picture, although through the intrusion of his possessive mother he temporarily loses his devoted wife. The story is an early version of the Alec Guinness classic The Man in the White Suit, not altogether surprising as John Dighton worked on both scripts.

ExtractŠ George Perry: Forever Ealing.

Production Team

Marcel Varnel: Director
Wilfred Shingleton: Art Direction
Basil Dearden: Associate Producer
Gordon Dines: Cinematography
Robert Hamer: Editing
Ernest Irving: Music
Michael Balcon: Producer
Basil Dearden: Script
Austin Melford: Script
John Dighton: Script
Wells Root: Script


George Formby: George Pearson
Peggy Bryan: Lydia
Elliot Mason: Mrs Pearson
Edward Chapman: Uncle Arnold
OB Clarence: Mr Dawson
Ronald Ward: Nelson
Wilfrid Hyde-White: Removal Man

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