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MANCUNIAN FILMS FILMOGRAPHY
 
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(1953) It's A Grand Life

John E. Blakeley’s 22nd and final feature film at the age of 64 and also Frank Randle’s last film before he died of consumption in 1955. This movie brought together Frank (as Private Randle) with the 22 year old blonde bombshell, Diana Dors (Corporal Paula Clements), who was already in her 14th film.


(1953) Lonely Weekend

Tom Blakeley produced


(1952) Those People Next Door

Tom Blakeley produced starring Patricia Cutts, Peter Forbes-Robertson and Gladys Henson. Directed by John Harlow.


(1952) Love's A Luxury

Tom Blakeley produced starring Hugh Wakefield, Derek Bond and Michael Medvin. Directed by Francis Searle.


(195?) Never Look Back

Tom Blakeley produced


(1950) Let's Have Murder

John E Blakeley directed, starring Kitty Blewett, Eva Eacott, Jimmy Jewel and Lesley Osmond.


(1950) Over The Garden Wall

Directed by John E Blakeley and starring Frederick Bradshaw (as Ken Smith), Norman Evans (as Fanny Lawton) and Jimmy James (as Joe Lawton). Norman Evans portarit of the gossipy old matron, Fanny Lawton, has been described as an early-doors Les Dawson.


(1949) School For Randle

Directed by John E Blakeley and starring Frank Randle (as Flatfoot Mason), Dan Young (Clarence), Alec Pleon (Blackhead) and Terry Randall (Bety Andrews).


(1949) Somewhere In Politics

Directed by John E Blakeley and starring Frank Randle, Josef Locke, and Jimmy Clitheroe.


(1949) What A Carry On!

Directed by John E Blakeley and starring Kitty Blewett, Eva Eacott, Jimmy Jewel, Josef Locke, Anthony Pendrell, Terry Randall, and Ben Warriss.


(1948) Cup-Tie Honeymoon

Directed by John E Blakeley, this was the first film to be made at the Manchester studio, starring Sandy Powell, Dan Young, Betty Jumel and Pat Pilkington (later Pat Phoenix, Coronation Street’s Elsie Tanner). The film, based around the theme of football with scenes shot at Manchester City’s Maine Road stadium, was released to coincide with the beginning of the 1948 football season.


(1948) The International Circus Revue

This film featured a circus troupe from Manchester’s Belle Vue amusements and starred Sonny Burke and Bernard Youens (later Coronation Street’s Stan Ogden). Made using footage from a documentary shot by Mancunian called The Showground of the North, released in 1949. The Showground of the North was a travelogue of Belle Vue’s Zoological Gardens, circus and amusments. This was John E. Blakeley’s only departure from comedy during his career.


(1948) Holidays With Pay

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Frank Randle, Josef Locke, Jessie O'Shea, Dan Young, Sally Barnes, Sonny Burke and Bert Tracy .


(1946) Demobbed

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Norman Evans, Nat Jackley, Dan Young, and Betty Jumel .


(1946) Under New Management

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Norman Evans, Nat Jackley, Dan Young, and Betty Jumel. Released as 'Honeymoon Hotel' in the USA.


(1945) Home Sweet Home

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring frank Randle, Hilda Bayley and Bunty Meadows.


(1942) Somewhere In Camp

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Frank Randle and Dan Young


(1942) Somewhere On Leave

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Frank Randle and Dan Young


(1940) Somewhere In England

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Frank Randle and Dan Young


(1938) Calling All Crooks

Produced by John E Blakeley, starring Dan Young, Helen Barnes and Chuck O'Neil. Directed by George Black.


(1937) The Penny Pool

Produced by John E Blakeley, starring Chuck O'Neil, Jack Butler, Billy Nelson and Duggie Wakefield. Directed by George Black.


(1936) Dodging The Dole

Directed by John E Blakeley, starring Barry K Barnes and Dan Young


(1935) Off The Dole

Produced by John E Blakeley, starring George Formby, (as John Willie), Beryl Formby and Dan Young. The second and last Mancunian Films production to star George Formby before he left for bigger times. Directed by Arthur Metz.


(1934) Boots! Boots!

Produced by John E Blakeley, starring George Formby, (as John Willie), Beryl Formby and Arthur Kingsley. Directed by Bert Tracy.


(1928) Two Little Drummer Boys

Produced by John E Blakeley, Directed by JB Samuelson.

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