The Brits: Clowns of Music Hall & British Film

The British Music Hall tradition begat legions of great performers, many of whom made it to films. The films of these live comics tend to be undervalued. Sure, some of them worked in bargain basement ‘Quota Quickie’ B-pictures, but many of them made some forgotten classics, and their talent shines through in even the cheapest movies.

Will Hay

George Formby

Max Miller

Walter Forde

Lupino Lane

Stanley Lupino

Jack Hulbert

Claude Hulbert

The Crazy Gang

Frank Randle

Gene Gerrard

Nellie Wallace

Florence Desmond

Sydney Howard

Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt

Robb Wilton

Clapham and Dwyer