It’s time for my Keep Fit blu-ray review, this 1937 comedy stars George Formby. It came out on blu-ray back in March 2020 released by the Network. Now to be fair I’m not the biggest fan of George Formby but I am happy to give this comedy a look. Let’s be honest I think we all need a good laugh right now!
- Keep Fit (1937)
- Genre: Comedy
- Directed by Anthony Kimmins
- UK Rating U
- Discs: 1
- Released By Network
- Blu-ray Released: 16 March 2020
George Green is a barber’s assistant that joins in a keep fit campaign in order to impress the girl of his dreams, manicurist Joan Allen. Unfortunately she’s dating Hector Kent and is unaware that he’s a crook.
Style / Direction
The film is a black and white British film from 1937 directed by Anthony Kimmins. Cinematography is credited to John W. Boyle, Gordon Dines and Ronald Neame.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Ernest Irving.
Acting / Characters
George Formby is actually as you expect him to be. He’s a silly hapless guy in love and yes his ukulele is present.
Meanwhile Kay Walsh Joan Allen a manicurist provides George’s love interest. In fact I thought she was exceptionally good in role.
Overall the acting is good and of its time.
- George Formby as George Green
- Kay Walsh as Joan Allen
- Guy Middleton as Hector Kent
- George Benson as Ernie Gill
- Gus McNaughton as “Echo” Publicity Manager
- Evelyn Roberts as Mr Barker
- Aubrey Mallalieu as Magistrate
- Edmund Breon as Sir Augustus Marks
- Hal Gordon as Reporter
- C. Denier Warren as Editor
- Hal Walters as Racing Tough
- Edgar Driver as Boat Hire Owner
- Leo Franklyn as Racing Tough
- Robert Nainby as Judge At The Gym
- Julian Vedey as Hairdressing Dept Head
- Jack Vyvian as Boat Hire Man
- D.J. Williams as Editor of The Gazette
Conclusion: Keep Fit (1937) Film Review
Whilst I’m not the biggest George Formby fan Keep Fit (1937) is an amusing watch and well worth a look. I’d much rather watch films like these than the dark gritty depressing dramas and soap operas that litter our screens during lockdown.
If you enjoyed my Keep Fit blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Whole Town’s Talking (1935)
- Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
- The Goose Steps Out (1942)
- Atoll K (1951) aka Utopia
- There Was a Crooked Man (1960)
- After the Fox (1966)
Conclusion: Keep Fit Blu-ray Review
The film has been restored by Studiocanal whilst the blu-ray comes from Network. I’ve no real issues with the picture quality. Overall it’s excellent with only a few occasional tiny white marks once in a while.
- Theatrical Trailer
- Image Gallery
On to my movie rating for Keep Fit (1937)
- Movie Rating: AMUSING
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: OK
Amazon UK Links
Keep Fit (1937) is available now on blu-ray.
Film Trailer / Clip
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Trailer NOT representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Keep Fit blu-ray review, are you a big George Formby fan? Let me know in the comments section below. I’m aiming to review more comedy films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Keep Fit (1937) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Keep Fit (1937)
Movie description: Barber’s assistant George Green joins a keep fit campaign in order to impress the girl of his dreams, manicurist Joan Allen.
Duration: 82 mins
Director(s): Anthony Kimmins
Actor(s): George Formby, Kay Walsh, Guy Middleton, George Benson, Gus McNaughton, Evelyn Roberts
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An amusing George Formby comedy
- Fabulous Picture Quality
- George Formby & Kay Walsh
- Good Blu-ray Release
- George Formby can be a bit like marmite