Band Waggon (1940)

Arthur (Arthur Askey) and Stinker (Richard Murdoch) are living on the roof of a broacasting station and get evicted. They rent the haunted Droon Castle in Sussex. After finding television broadcast equipment they decide to put on a show. What they don't know is the equipment belongs to Nazi spies who are also using the castle. Mystic Nights Videos PD In UK At GATT Date. Not Eligible For GATT Never registered in the U.S.

Band Waggon is a 1940 Cinema of the United Kingdom comedy film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch and Moore Marriott.<></> It was based on the BBC radio show Band Waggon.<></>


Arthur Askey and Stinker Murdoch, two out-of-work performers, are living on the roof of the Broadcasting House in Central London. After being called in for an audition with the BBC three months before, they were forgotten about and settled down to live there waiting for their big chance. One day an item from their clothes line falls and hits Claude Pilkington, a senior figure at the BBC, who has them evicted. They are forced to pack up all their belongings and leave.
While driving home that evening one of the tyres on Pilkington's car gets a puncture from broken glass lying on the road. It has been put there by the owners of the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant, who hope their cabaret act will be given a contract with the BBC and have so far failed to gain an audition. Pilkington sits unwittingly through their act, including singers Jack Hylton and Patricia Kirkwood, barely noticing it while he reads the newspaper. When he discovers that they have caused his puncture, he storms off in anger.
Meanwhile Askey and Murdoch have found themselves in the countryside. Needing somewhere to live they go to a local estate agent hoping to pick up a cheap cottage. Instead they are offered a castle for £3 rent, which the owner is trying to get off his hands as it is haunted. After they settle down in the castle they begin to experience a number of sinister happenings which occur despite the estate agent's insistence that there is a "perfectly natural explanation for everything". When they encounter Jasper Blackfang, a ghost who claims to haunt the place, they flee and take shelter at the nearby Jack-in-the Box restaurant.
Emboldened by the realization that the ghost is in fact the Property caretaker of the castle, who has been living there rent free, they return along with Hylton and Kirkwood. They discover a broadcasting studios inside the castle, which the caretaker claims is being used by a pirate commercial station. In fact it is being used by Nazi agents in Britain, but the caretaker is unaware of this.
Frustrated by their failure to secure an audition at the BBC, they decide to use the studios to broadcast their own show. Arthur Askey does a performance on the same wavelength as the BBC, interrupting a programme by Pilkington himself, who has to be faded out. Pilkington is furious by the interruption, but the pirate show generates huge interest amongst the general public. Pilkington, meanwhile, gets Scotland Yard to hunt down the pirate station. Their determination to find the station is boosted by the realisation that the castle contains plans of British planes stolen by the Nazi agents, which are unwittingly held up by Askey during his broadcast.
Askey has organised a major hour-long performance which ends in a finale with where the police, BBC officials and Nazi agents all converge on the castle, while a time bomb is ominously ticking down. The program is such a roaring success that the BBC are eventually forced to grant Askey, Murdoch and their associates their own show.


  • Arthur Askey as Arthur Askey
  • Richard Murdoch as Stinker Murdoch
  • Patricia Kirkwood as Pat
  • Moore Marriott as Jasper
  • Freddy Schweitzer as himself (accordion player)
  • Bruce Trent as himself
  • Michael Standing as himself
  • C.H. Middleton as himself

  • Jasmine Bligh as herself
  • Jonah Barrington (journalist) as himself
  • Peter Gawthorne as Claude Pilkington
  • Donald Calthrop as Hobday
  • Wally Patch as Commisssionaire
  • Jack Hylton and His Band as band
  • Jack Hylton as himself (bandleader)
  • The Sherman Fisher Girls as dancers


  • "The Melody Maker" &ndash; by Noel Gay and Frank Eyton &ndash; performed by Jack Hylton, Patricia Kirkwood and Chorus with Jack Hylton and His Band and The Sherman Fisher Girls
  • "The Only One Who's Difficult Is You" &ndash; by Noel Gay and Clifford Grey &ndash; performed by Richard Murdoch, Patricia Kirkwood and Arthur Askey with Jack Hylton and His Band
  • "After Dark" &ndash; by Noel Gay
  • "Heaven Will Be Heavenly" &ndash; by Harry Parr Davies and Roma Campbell Hunter &ndash; performed by Patricia Kirkwood and chorus
  • "A Pretty Bird" &ndash; by Kenneth Blane &ndash; performed by Arthur Askey
  • "Boomps-A-Daisy" &ndash; by Annette Mills &ndash; performed by Patricia Kirkwood, Richard Murdoch, Jack Hylton and Arthur Askey
  • "Band Waggon (theme song)" &ndash; by Harry S. Pepper &ndash; performed by the chorus during the opening credits and reprised at the end by Jack Hylton and His Band
  • "Big Hearted Arthur" &ndash; by Robert Rutherford and Frank Wilcock &ndash; performed by Arthur Askey
  • "Old King Cole" (traditional nursery song) &ndash; performed by Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch and the trio of Charlie Forsythe, Addie Seamon and Eleanor Farrell

Category:1940 films
Category:1940s comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:British films
Category:British comedy films
Category:British musical films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Marcel Varnel
Category:Films set in London
Category:Films set in England

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