Cheer Boys Cheer

Cheer Boys Cheer is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Nova Pilbeam, Edmund Gwenn, Jimmy O'Dea, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott and Peter Coke.[1]

Cheer Boys Cheer
Directed byWalter Forde
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byRoger MacDougall
Allan MacKinnon
Story byDonald Bull
Ian Dalrymple
StarringNova Pilbeam
Edmund Gwenn
Jimmy O'Dea
Graham Moffatt
Moore Marriott
Peter Coke
Music byVan Phillips
Alfred Ralston
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byRay Pitt
Distributed byABFD
Release date
  • August 1939 (1939-08)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film depicts the rivalry between two firms of brewers. Ironsides, a modern company led by the ruthless Edward Ironside and his son John, seeks territorial expansion to crush its rivals and seize control of their business. They are faced by the smaller, more gently run Greenleaf brewery which is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary.



The film was made by Ealing Studios, roughly a year after Michael Balcon had taken over from Basil Dean as head of production. It was released shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, the last Ealing film to be released in peacetime.


The film's representation of the differing management styles of the Ironside and Greenleaf companies has traditionally been seen as an analogy for Nazi Germany and the United Kingdom in the lead-up to the outbreak of war.[2]

The film has also come to be seen as a precursor of the later "Ealing Comedies",[2] sharing a similar theme of big versus small, traditional versus modern with the later films which began with Hue and Cry in 1947.[3][4]



  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing: A Celebration of the Great British Film Studio. Pavilion, 1981.

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