Boots! Boots! (1934)

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A comedy starring George Formby as John Willie the shoe shine boy for a busy hotel. John is not very good at his job, as he often has trouble trying to pair up the shoes, much to his ... See full summary »



  • Beryl Formby and George Formby in Boots! Boots! (1934)
  • George Formby in Boots! Boots! (1934)
  • George Formby in Boots! Boots! (1934)
  • Tonie Forde in Boots! Boots! (1934)
  • John E. Blakeley and George Formby in Boots! Boots! (1934)
  • Tonie Forde and George Formby in Boots! Boots! (1934)

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Bert Tracy


Jack Cottrell (story), George Formby (story)

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15 July 2007 | Spondonman
| Early days
George Formby's earliest surviving film (his first from 1915 is lost), restored in 2006 to a 71 minute running time from the 50 it had been heavily cut to in 1938. A full print was stumbled across 1999, and with the help of the George Formby Society has finally made it to DVD. Betty Driver's back in from the cold and the story such as it is makes a little more sense.

Low budget no plotter has George still playing his father's creation John Willie (he even coughed loudly at one point) as the cretinous boots at the Crestonia Hotel, along with wife Beryl playing the scullery maid. A series of unlinked set-pieces, events, some genuinely funny smart-ass one-liners and songs follow, along with amateurish photography, sound, acting and singing and a few excruciating unentertaining moments. Great stuff! Songs by George: Baby, Why Don't Women Like Me, I Could Make A Good Living At That and Sitting On The Ice At The Ice Rink – all performed live with dodgy microphones; others sung by dodgy performers. Beryl and George had a better outing with their next film Off The Dole, again made on a shoestring budget but this time grabbing the attention of Basil Dean.

I like this a lot more now with the extra 20 minutes and it's always been worth a watch, but it's not one of my Formby Favourites - as it was a pivotal development in his career its relevance can't be undervalued.

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