Alf's Button (1920 film)

Alf's Button is a 1920 British silent comedy film directed by Cecil Hepworth and starring Leslie Henson, Alma Taylor and Gerald Ames. It was based on the novel Alf's Button by William Darlington. The film is about a British soldier who discovers a magic coat button which summons a genie to grant his various wishes. It was remade as a sound film in 1930.

Alf's Button
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Directed byCecil Hepworth
Produced byCecil Hepworth
Written byBlanche McIntosh
Based onAlf's Button
by William Darlington
StarringLeslie Henson
Alma Taylor
Gerald Ames
James Carew
Distributed byHepworth Pictures (U.K.)
First National (U.S.)
Release date
  • May 1920 (1920-05) (U.K.)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

It was shot at Walton Studios.


As described in a film magazine,[1] during World War I, Alf (Henson) discovers that he has a brass button which, when he rubs it, summons Eustace (Carew), a genie. While in the trenches, the genie brings Alf and his friend Bill (MacAndrews) goblets of beer, pretty young women, a bath, and anything their hearts desire. Finally, Alf is discharged from the Army and marries Liz (Taylor), who returns the button to the genie.



  1. "Reviews: Alf's Button". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (14): 57-58. 1 April 1922.


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
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