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Trouble in the Air (1948)

A radio commentator is sent to a village to broadcast a bell-ringing team. Meanwhile a property speculator tries to buy a plot of land for less than it is worth.

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Charles Saunders

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George Black Jr. (story) (as George Black), Alfred Black (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Freddie Frinton Freddie Frinton ... Fred Somers
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... B. Barrington Crockett
Joyce Golding Joyce Golding ... Miss Polly Clinch
Bill Owen ... 1st Spiv
Malcolm Russell Malcolm Russell ... Sir Charles Newdigate
Laurence Naismith ... Tom Hunt
Jon Pertwee ... Truelove
Sam Costa Sam Costa ... 2nd Spiv
Lisa Lee Lisa Lee ... Mrs. Hunt
Dennis Vance ... Larry Somers
Stella Hamilton Stella Hamilton ... April Newdigate
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... 1st Boy
David Liney David Liney ... 2nd Boy (as David Lines)
Gerald Kent Gerald Kent ... Mr. Barnes
Patsy Drake Patsy Drake ... Cockett's Secretary
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A radio commentator is sent to a village to broadcast a bell-ringing team. Meanwhile a property speculator tries to buy a plot of land for less than it is worth.

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UK

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English

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1 November 1948 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Average Post-War British Quota Quickee
30 October 2001 | by sep1051See all my reviews

This comedy centers on the aging butler (Freddie Frinton as Fred Somers)to a poor somewhat befuddled country squire (Malcolm Russell as Sir Charles Newdigate). The butler must beg, borrow or steal to keep food on the table and the bailiff from the door. On the scene comes a BBC producer (Jimmy Edwards as B. Barrington Crockett) who wants to feature local bell ringers, including the butler and squire, on his radio program. A local wheeler dealer (Laurence Naismith as Tom Hunt) schemes to buy the squire's land before a roadway increases its value tenfold. Naturally, the butler's garage owning son (Dennis Vance as Larry Somers) falls in love with the squire's visiting niece from Australia (Stella Henderson as April Newdigate).

This is enough plot to fill the hour or so running time. However the plot is extremely predictable and the characters are strictly one dimensional. The relationship between the butler and the squire is more maudlin than the intended heart warming. Presumably the film was intended to exploit local fame of comic Frinton and post war popularity of Edwards. Unfortunately neither is a good actor, with Frinton mugging through his role and Edwards, despite a more showy and entertaining role, is essentially "one note" (when you hear his high giggle for the tenth time it begins to lose its charm).

Overall this is a modestly entertaining British quota quickee intended for local viewers more familiar with the principals. It is perhaps most suited for those of us with a soft spot for English comedy and its assortment of character people.


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