Keep Your Seats, Please

Keep Your Seats, Please is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Monty Banks and starring George Formby, Florence Desmond and Alastair Sim. It marked the film debut of the child star Binkie Stuart. The film was made by Associated Talking Pictures.[1]

Keep Your Seats, Please
Directed byMonty Banks
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byIlya Ilf (novel)
Yevgeny Petrov (novel)
Anthony Kimmins
Thomas J. Geraghty
Ian Hay
StarringGeorge Formby
Florence Desmond
Alastair Sim
Gus McNaughton
Binkie Stuart
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byABFD
Release date
1 August 1936
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film follows a farcical plot based on the Russian satirical novel The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov. The film features Formby's signature tune, "When I'm Cleaning Windows".


George Withers learns he is supposed to inherit some valuable jewels from his aunt, and enlists the aid of his dubious lawyer to ensure he gets them. It transpires the stones are hidden in the lining of one of six antique chairs, and his aunt has left instructions for her nephew to purchase the chairs at auction. But unfortunately they are sold separately, as he arrives too late to bid.[2][3]


Critical references

Sky Movies wrote, "Formby's on form - especially singing 'Keep Your Seats, Please' and 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' - Florence Desmond's a much stronger leading lady that George usually had, and Alastair Sim made one of his first major impacts in films as the unscrupulous lawyer who also has his beady eye on the hidden fortune".[4]


  1. Wood p. 91
  2. "Keep Your Seats, Please! | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. "Keep Your Seats Please (1936) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. "Keep Your Seats, Please - Sky Movies HD". 23 May 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2014.


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  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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