Elstree Calling (1930)

35mm film, black and white, tinted sequences, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Adrian Brunel.

Plot Summary

A series of and musical numbers, some of which are fantasy, presented as a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley.


Directed by: Adrian Brunel
Sketches and Other Interpolated Items by: Alfred Hitchcock
© [not given on screen]
British International Pictures, Ltd. present a British International production. Distributed by Wardour Films Ltd.
Production Manager: J. Sloan
Scenario by: Val Valentine
Photography by: Claude Friese-Greene
Film Edited by: A.C. Hammond
Under the Supervision of: Emile de Ruelle
Music by: Reg Casson, Vivian Ellis, Chic Endor, Ivor Novello, Jack Strachey
Musical Conductors: Teddy Brown, Sydney Baynes, John Reynders
Lyrics by: Douglas Furber, Rowland Leigh and Donovan Parsons
Sound Recordist: Alec Murray
R.C.A. Photophone System
Ensemble Numbers Staged by: Jack Hulbert, Paul Murray, André Charlot
Made and recorded at Elstree, London

Artistes in the revue
Will Fyffe
Cicely Courtneidge
Jack Hulbert
Tommy Handley
Lily Morris
Helen Burnell
The Berkoffs
Bobby Comber
Lawrence Green
Ivor McLaren
Anna May Wong
Jameson Thomas
John Longden
Donald Calthrop
Gordon Harker
Hannah Jones
Teddy Brown
The Three Eddies
The Balalaika Choral Orchestra

Supported by
The Adelphi Girls
The Charlot Girls

Certain of the above artistes by arrangement with Dan Fish

Alternative Titles

Elstree llama – Spanish title
Parla elstree – Italian title

Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1996)



  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.121 – credits
  • Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive by Luke McKernan and Olwen Terris (eds.) p.49 – credits, note