Calling the Tune (1936)

06/30/1936 (GB) MusicDrama 1h 20m
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Calling the Tune offers a fascinating look at the fledgeling gramophone industry as it tries to solve the problems of reliable recording and production methods. 'I predict that the gramophone will be the democratic entertainment of the future' states unscrupulous record label boss Mr Gordon (Sam Livesey), who finally gets his comeuppance after one dirty trick too far against his rivals. If the film's love story is perfunctory, the real interest comes with watching performers of the day, from Henry Wood and his orchestra to George Robey and Charles 'the laughing policeman' Penrose laying down their recordings direct to record. And something very like a prototype laser disc makes a crucial appearance too.

  1. Reginald Denham

    Director, Writer

  2. Thorold Dickinson


  3. Basil Mason


Top Billed Cast

  1. Adele Dixon

    Julia Harbord

  2. Sally Gray

    Sally Gray

    Margaret Gordon

  3. Clifford Evans

    Clifford Evans

    Peter Mallory

  4. Sam Livesey

    Bob Gordon

  5. Donald Wolfit

    Donald Wolfit

    Dick Finlay

  6. Eliot Makeham

    Eliot Makeham

    Stephen Harbord

  7. Lewis Casson

    Lewis Casson

    John Mallory

  8. Ronald Simpson


  9. H.F. Maltby


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Calling the Tune
Calling the Tune

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget -

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