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Ealing Studios, a TV and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing Green in West London, claims to be the oldest film studio in the world. Braun HF 1, Germany, 1958. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Ealing is a place in the London Borough of Ealing. ... Greater London and the Regions of England. ...

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History

The site had been previously occupied by Will Barker Studios from 1896, but was acquired by theatre producer Basil Dean's newly-formed Associated Talking Pictures in 1929, and reopened as Ealing Studios in 1931. In 1933 the company was renamed to Associated Talking Pictures. When Dean left in 1938, to be replaced by Michael Balcon from MGM, about 60 films had been made at the studios. Balcon discontinued the ATP name and began to issue films under the Ealing Studios name. In 1944 the company was taken over by the Rank Organisation. 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sir Michael Balcon (May 19, 1896–October 17, 1977) was a British film producer, best known for his work with the Ealing Studios. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... The Rank Organisation, a British entertainment company formed in 1937 and absorbed in 1996 by The Rank Group Plc. ...


In the 1930s and 1940s Ealing produced many comedies with stars such as George Formby and Will Hay who had established their reputations in other spheres of entertainment. The company was also instrumental in the use of documentary film-makers to make more realistic war films. These included Went the Day Well? (1942), The Foreman Went to France (1942) and San Demetrio, London (1943). In 1945 the studio made its influential chiller compendium Dead of Night. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... George Formby George Formby (May 26, 1904 - March 6, 1961) was a British singer and comedian who became a major star of both cinema and music hall. ... William Thompson Hay (December 6, 1888 – April 18, 1949) was a British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer. ... Went the Day Well? is a British war film produced by Ealing Studios in 1942. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Dead of Night (1945) is a British anthology horror film, rare for the period, directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dreaden and Robert Hamer. ...


In the post-war period the company embarked on a series of celebrated comedies which became the studio's hallmark. These were often lightly satirical, and were seen to reflect aspects of British character and society. The first was Hue and Cry in 1947, and the last Barnacle Bill in 1956. However, the most famous in the series were produced between 1948 and 1955. These films Whisky Galore! (1948), Passport to Pimlico (1949), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) and The Ladykillers (1955) are now seen as classics of British cinema. Hue and Cry (1947) is a British film directed by Charles Crichton and starring Alastair Sim and Harry Fowler. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Whisky Galore! ( 1949) is an Ealing comedy written by Angus MacPhail and Compton MacKenzie, from his novel. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... A British comedy film Passport To Pimlico (Ealing Studios made in 1948). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Kind Hearts and Coronets is a 1949 Ealing comedy film. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios which tells the story of a mild-mannered bank clerk who masterminds the robbery of his bank. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Man in the White Suit was a satirical comedy movie made in 1951 by Ealing Studios. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Titfield Thunderbolt is a 1953 film about a story of villagers trying to prevent British Railways from closing the fictional Titfield branch line. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... The Ladykillers is a 1955 British film. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The BBC bought the studios in 1955. In 1995 the studios were purchased by the National Film and Television School (NFTS). The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NFTS Logo The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is an educational institution established in 1971 and based in Beaconsfield in the United Kingdom. ...


Ealing Studios Films

  • Birds of Prey (1930)
  • A Honeymoon Adventure (1931)
  • Sally in Our Alley (1931)
  • Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
  • Love on the Spot (1932)
  • Nine Till Six (1932)
  • The Bailiffs (1932)
  • The Impassive Footman (1932)
  • The Sign of Four (1932)
  • The Water Gypsies (1932)
  • Loyalties (1933)
  • Perfect Understanding (1933)
  • The Fortunate Fool (1933)
  • The House of Trent (1933)
  • The Right to Live (1933)
  • This Week of Grace (1933)
  • Three Men in a Boat (1933)
  • Tiger Bay (1933)
  • To Brighton with Gladys (1933)
  • Autumn Crocus (1934)
  • Love, Life and Laughter (1934)
  • Rolling in Money (1934)
  • Sing As We Go (1934)
  • The Perfect Flaw (1934)
  • The Secret of the Loch (1934)
  • Honeymoon for Three (1935)
  • It Happened in Paris (1935)
  • Look Up and Laugh (1935)
  • Lorna Doone (1935)
  • Midshipman Easy (1935)
  • No Limit (1935)
  • Play Up the Band (1935)
  • The Dictator (1935)
  • The Public Life of Henry IX (1935)
  • The Silent Passenger (1935)
  • A Woman Alone (1936)
  • Calling the Tune (1936)
  • Cheer Up (1936)
  • Dreams Come True (1936)
  • Guilty Melody (1936)
  • Keep Your Seats Please (1936)
  • Laburnum Grove (1936)
  • Olympic Honeymoon (1936)
  • Queen of Hearts (1936)
  • The House of the Spaniard (1936)
  • The Lonely Road (1936)
  • Tropical Trouble (1936)
  • Whom the Gods Love (1936)
  • Brief Ecstasy (1937)
  • Feather Your Nest (1937)
  • Keep Fit (1937)
  • Secret Lives (1937)
  • Take a Chance (1937)
  • The Girl in the Taxi (1937)
  • The High Command (1937)
  • The Show Goes On (1937)
  • Who's Your Lady Friend? (1937)
  • I See Ice (1938)
  • It's in the Air (1938)
  • Penny Paradise (1938)
  • The Gaunt Stranger (1938)
  • The Ware Case (1938)
  • Let's Be Famous (1939)
  • Trouble Brewing (1939)
  • The Four Just Men (1939)
  • There Ain't No Justice (1939)
  • Young Man's Fancy (1939)
  • Cheer Boys Cheer (1939)
  • Come on George (1939)
  • Return to Yesterday (1940)
  • The Proud Valley (1940)
  • Let George Do It (1940)
  • Convoy (1940)
  • Saloon Bar (1940)
  • Sailors Three (1940)
  • Spare a Copper (1940)
  • The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)
  • Turned Out Nice Again (1941)
  • Ships with Wings (1941)
  • The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)
  • The Big Blockade (1942)
  • The Foreman Went to France (1942)
  • Next of Kin (1942)
  • The Goose Steps Out (1942)
  • Nine Men (1943)
  • The Bells Go Down (1943)
  • Undercover (1943)
  • My Learned Friend (1943)
  • Went the Day Well? (1943)
  • San Demetrio, London (1943)
  • The Halfway House (1944)
  • For Those in Peril (1944)
  • They Came to a City (1944)
  • Champagne Charlie (1944)
  • Fiddlers Three (1944)
  • Johnny Frenchman (1945)
  • Painted Boats (1945)
  • Dead of Night (1945)
  • Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)
  • The Captive Heart (1946)
  • The Overlanders (1946)
  • Hue and Cry (1947) - the first Ealing Comedy
  • Nicholas Nickleby (1947)
  • The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947)
  • Frieda (1947)
  • It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
  • Against the Wind (1948)
  • Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) - Ealing's first Technicolor film
  • Another Shore (1948)
  • Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
  • Eureka Stockade (1949)
  • Passport to Pimlico (1949)
  • Whisky Galore! (1949)
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  • Train of Events (1949)
  • A Run for Your Money (1949)
  • The Blue Lamp (1950)
  • Dance Hall (1950)
  • Bitter Springs (1950)
  • Cage of Gold (1950)
  • The Magnet (1950)
  • Pool of London (1951)
  • The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  • The Man in the White Suit (1951)
  • Where No Vultures Fly (1951)
  • His Excellency (1952)
  • Secret People (1952)
  • I Believe in You (1952)
  • Mandy (1952)
  • The Gentle Gunman (1952)
  • The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)
  • The Cruel Sea (1953)
  • The Square Ring (1953)
  • Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953)
  • The Love Lottery (1954)
  • The Maggie (1954)
  • West of Zanzibar (1954)
  • The Rainbow Jacket (1954)
  • Lease of Life (1954)
  • The Divided Heart (1954)
  • Out of the Clouds (1955)
  • The Night My Number Came Up (1955)
  • The Ship that Died of Shame (1955)
  • Touch and Go (1955)
  • The Ladykillers (1955)
  • The Feminine Touch (1956)
  • Who Done It? (1956)
  • The Long Arm (1956)
  • The Man in the Sky (1957)
  • The Shiralee (1957)
  • Barnacle Bill (1957)
  • Davy (1957)
  • Dunkirk (1958)
  • Nowhere to Go (1958)
  • The Siege of Pinchgut (1959)

Made in 1942, The Black Sheep of Whitehall is a wartime comedy film, starring Will Hay, John Mills and Felix Aylmer. ... Hue & Cry was a British feature film released in 1947 by Ealing Studios, directed by Charles Crichton. ... The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, (or Nicholas Nickleby for short) is a comic novel of Charles Dickens. ... Scott of the Antarctic is the title of several works about explorer Robert Falcon Scott: Scott of the Antarctic, a 1940 book by George Seaver Scott of the Antarctic, a 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic, a 1997 book by Michael De-La-Noy This is a disambiguation page — a... A British comedy film Passport To Pimlico (Ealing Studios made in 1948). ... Whisky Galore! ( 1949) is an Ealing comedy written by Angus MacPhail and Compton MacKenzie, from his novel. ... Kind Hearts and Coronets is a 1949 Ealing comedy film. ... The Blue Lamp is a British crime film released in early 1950 by Ealing Studios. ... The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios which tells the story of a mild-mannered bank clerk who masterminds the robbery of his bank. ... The Man in the White Suit was a satirical comedy movie made in 1951 by Ealing Studios. ... The Titfield Thunderbolt is a 1953 film about a story of villagers trying to prevent British Railways from closing the fictional Titfield branch line. ... The Maggie is a 24 year old bisexual woman from Decatur GA. Also: The Maggie is a 1954 film, that has as its heroine a typical Clyde puffer of that name. ... The Ladykillers is a 1955 British film. ...

Documentaries

  • All Hands (1940)
  • Dangerous Comment (1940)
  • Food for Thought (1940)
  • Now You're Talking (1940)
  • Salvage with a Smile (1940)
  • Sea Fort (1940)
  • Guest of Honour (1941)
  • Yellow Caesar (1941)
  • Young Veterans (1941)
  • Find, Fix and Strike (1942)
  • Go to Blazes (1942)
  • Raid on France (1942) (adapted fron Next of Kin)
  • Greek Testament (1943)
  • Return of the Vikings (1944)
  • Man - One Family (1946)

BBC TV Productions

Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... The opening titles of Quatermass and the Pit. ... The Singing Detective The Singing Detective was a 1986 BBC television miniseries, written by Dennis Potter and starring Michael Gambon. ...

Later Films

and more An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. ... For places named Notting Hill, see Notting Hill. ... The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde. ... Valiant can refer to Valiant, a British comic published between 1962 and 1976 Valiant, a 2005 movie Valiant Comics, a comic book publisher Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie, a book by Holly Black and Sammy Yuen Jr. ...


Independent TV

  • The Royle Family (Granada)
  • Bedtime (HatTrick)
  • Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (Ghost)
  • Emma Brody (20th Century Fox)

and more


Music videos

and more Walk Away is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Franz Ferdinand from their sophomore album You Could Have It So Much Better. ... Franz Ferdinand is a British rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. ... Talk is the third single from X&Y, the third album by British alternative rock band Coldplay. ... Coldplay is a post-Britpop/alternative rock band from London, England well known for their rock melodies and introspective lyrics. ... The Drowners is the debut single by Suede, released on May 11, 1992 on Nude Records. ... Suede was one of the most popular and important bands from the UK in the 90s, and helped start the Britpop movement of the decade. ... Crazy Beat is a song by Blur and was released as the second single from their seventh album Think Tank in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Blur is the name of a English rock band. ...


See also

This is a list of topics related to the United Kingdom. ...

External links

  • Ealing Studios
  • Ealing Studios at screenonline.org.uk

Reference

  • Forever Ealing by George Perry, published by Pavilion, 1981, ISBN 0-907516-60-2; A history of Ealing Studios from its origins in 1902.

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