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Keep Fit (VHS)

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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1937 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Anthony Kimmins / Actors: George Formby, Kay Walsh, Guy Middleton, D.J. Williams, Julian Vedey ... / VHS Tape released 2000-12-04 at Dd Home Entertainment / Features of the VHS Tape: Black & White, PAL

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      29.09.2008 10:35
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      Great for watching when knackered!

      Keep Fit is a right laugh, released in 1937 it's a family friendly (U) film starring George Formby as "George Green", a barber who is a mouse of a man and a bit of a failure, in order to win the heart of co-worker Kay Walsh (can't remember her name in the film) he takes up the keep fit challenge which sees him up against the fitness coach and all-round nasty chap Guy Middleton.

      Through a range of events George finds himself competing against Guy in a boxing match despite being weedy, he finds himself motivated by a lucky charm which enables him to pack a mean punch and builds his confidence up. The ending is just like any other Formby film with the underdog victorious both in the boxing match and with the girl's heart.

      There aren't a great deal of top banjo tunes in this film, a mere 3 but they are all good and include the classics "Keep Fit" and "Biceps, Muscle & Brawn", the on screen performances whilst being a bit daft and stereotypical are played well - a particularly enjoyable character is George's new found friend, an equally geeky character who goes by the name of Earnie (George Benson) and has a terribly posh accent.

      Of course, like Frank Spencer.. George manages to get into the most impossible and unlikely of situations but I wouldn't bother working out how they happen, just sit back and take this slapstick comedy for what it is - gentle entertainment!

      The way that Formby is conned is quite similar to the film "No Limit", it's by no means his best film but it's still very enjoyable! The film is rather short, clocking in at under 80 minutes!

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