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Actual 9.5mm optical sound print
T.9105 (6 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope Aug/Sept 1940)
"RADIO LOVER" GB Nov1936 Dir: Austin Melford, Paul Capon ------------- A City Film Corporation Production 64mins B/W Cert "U" Produced by: Ernest King (Approx 50mins on 9.5mm) Associated British Film Distributors Produced at Elstree and later British International (see note below) Screenplay: Ian Dalrymple Story by: Elma Dangerfield Photography: Ronald Neame Music by: Eric Spear Re-issued (UK) in 1953 by Equity British
Songs: (in the 9.5mm print) include: "How Would You Like To Be Loved" - played by the Orchestra over the credits and later sung by Wylie Watson "Goodbye For the Present" - sung by Wylie Watson and later by Betty-Ann Davies "Divided In Two" - "sung" by Jack Melford (miming to dubbed voice of Wylie Watson) "Drink To Me Only" - sung by Wylie Watson
Cast: Betty-Ann Davies ........ Wendy Maradyck Jack Melford ............ Reggie Clifford Wylie Watson ............ Joe Morrison Ann Penn ................ Miss Oliphant Cynthia Stock ........... Miss Swindon Gerald Barry ............ Sir Hector Max Faber ............... Brian Maradyck Eric Pavitt ............. Boy (uncredited) Baby Maureen ............ (uncredited)
Betty-Ann Davies Wylie Watson
A young man with good looks (Jack Melford) and a partner with a superb singing voice (Wylie Watson) hoax a radio station and the listening public under the title "Radio Lover". Sundry vicissitudes, born of the great wangle, follow officialdom's suspicions and a lucrative variety contract finally points the way out of the tangle. Mirth and music in a brilliant comedy (Pathéscope Monthly Aug/Sept 1940)
Notes: 1. The voice of Wylie Watson was almost certainly dubbed by Pat O'Malley. He was a popular dance band vocalist of the 1930s who later went to Hollywood and carved out a second career as an Irish character actor (using the name J. Pat O'Malley to distinguish himself from another actor called Pat O'Malley).
2. Eric Spear is best remembered today as the composer of the theme tune for TV's "Coronation Street" 3. In February 1936 a big fire broke out at the studios in Elstree causing over £500,000 of damage. It was first seen at 2am on a Sunday morning and the cause was unknown. All the sets and dresses of "Radio Lover" were destroyed. The film later recommenced shooting at the British International Studios. 4. John Wylie Watson was born 6 February 1889 in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He began as a juvenile soprano vocalist in the late 1890s in a family act. He didn't start in films until 1929 when "discovered" in Hollywood whilst on a vacation. After one small film role he returned to the UK. Wylie Watson is best remembered as "Mr Memory" in "The 39 Steps". Whylie Watson retired from acting in 1952 (except for a small part in Fred Zinnemann's "The Sundowners" (1960) and emigrated to Australia, where he died in May 1966.
(Extra info with thanks from Maurice Trace and IMDb) ZT-9105/gln/09.11.2013
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