Keep Fit

Keep Fit is a 1937 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Kay Walsh and Guy Middleton. Formby was at his British top box-office peak when this comedy was made.[1]

Keep Fit
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byBasil Dean
Jack Kitchin
Written byAnthony Kimmins
Austin Melford
StarringGeorge Formby
Kay Walsh
Guy Middleton
Evelyn Roberts
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Gordon Dines
Ronald Neame
Edited byErnest Aldridge
Distributed byABFD
Release date
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


George Formby again plays his working class underdog, gormless, gullible, indefatigable and triumphant hero. A weakling, Formby's character overcomes obstacles to beat a corrupt rival in the boxing ring. He plays a scrawny barber's assistant who, in response to the keep fit fad sweeping through Britain at the time, dreams of a better physique, and sings of it in the catchy "Biceps, Muscle and Brawn". He falls in love with a beautiful manicurist, and competes for her affections with a muscle bound thug. The manicurist is more attracted to the brute until the barber can prove that he is a crook, and defeat him in the boxing ring.[2][3]


Critical reception

According to Sky Movies "it's a bouncy, confidently made comedy that's fun throughout and pretty hilarious in its boxing-ring conclusion".[4]


  1. "Keep Fit - Sky Movies HD". 23 May 2002. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. "Keep Fit (1937) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. Nield, Anthony (8 April 2010). "Keep Fit DVD Video Review". Film, the digital fix. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. "Keep Fit - Sky Movies HD". 23 May 2002. Retrieved 12 March 2014.


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