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The Ealing Comedies


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A Story of Kind Hearts and Overdrafts.
The story of a handful of young men who wrote a chapter of cinema history. In just 10 years, from post-war austerity, they produced a series of film comedies which were so original and funny that the name of their quiet residential London borough became world famous. In their very own way they put Ealing on the map.
Told by Frank Muir.
Special reminiscences by Sir Michael Balcon, Joan Greenwood, Sir Alec Guinness, Barbara Murray, Jack Warner and some of the writers, producers and directors who were given their chance in what was called 'Mr Balcon's Academy for young gentlemen.'
With excerpts from many Ealing comedies and other Ealing films.


Narrator: Frank Muir
Interviewee: Sir Michael Balcon
Interviewee: Joan Greenwood
Interviewee: Sir Alec Guinness
Interviewee: Barbara Murray
Interviewee: Jack Warner
Producer: Harry Hastings

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