Come On George!

Come On George! is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins which stars George Formby, with Pat Kirkwood and Joss Ambler in support. It was made by Associated Talking Pictures. Hal Erickson wrote in Allmovie, "Come on George! was a product of George Formby's peak movie years."[1] It concerns the world of horse racing, and Formby, who had once been a stable apprentice, did his own riding in the film.[2] Songs featured are "I'm Making Headway Now", "I Couldn't Let The Stable Down", "Pardon Me", and "Goodnight Little Fellow, Goodnight".[3]

Come On George!
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Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byJack Kitchin
Written byLeslie Arliss
Val Valentine
Anthony Kimmins
StarringGeorge Formby
Pat Kirkwood
Joss Ambler
Meriel Forbes
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byRay Pitt
Distributed byABFD
Release date
20 October 1939
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


In this farce, Formby plays a stable boy. He also has the unique ability to soothe an anxious racing horse. Expectedly, George races the horse and wins.[4]


Critical reception

  • According to TV Guide "this is one of" Formby's "lesser efforts".[6]
  • Halliwell's Film Guide noted a "standard comedy vehicle, well-mounted, with the star at his box office peak".[3]
  • In "", Finn Clark wrote, "the first half isn't very good...However the story picks up as it moves along until by the end, it's a charming little romp that made me laugh and made me happy".[7]


  1. "Come on George (1939)". AllMovie. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. "Come On George 1939". Britmovie. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  3. "Come On George". Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  4. "Come on George (1939)". AllMovie. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. "Come On George". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  7. "Come on George!". 22 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2014.


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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