Play Up the Band

Play Up the Band is a 1935 British musical comedy film directed by Harry Hughes and starring Stanley Holloway, Betty Ann Davies and Leslie Bradley.

Play Up the Band
Frank Atkinson, Betty Ann Davies and Stanley Holloway in a nightclub scene.
Directed byHarry Hughes
Produced byBasil Humphrys
Eric Donaldson
Written byAveling Ginever
Frank Atkinson
Katherine Strueby
Vernon Harris
Harry Hughes
StarringStanley Holloway
Betty Ann Davies
Leslie Bradley
Amy Veness
Music byEric Spear
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byPaul Capon
City Films
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors
Release date
November 1935
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was made at Ealing Studios by the independent company City Films.[1] The film's sets were designed by art director R. Holmes Paul. Location shooting took place at the Crystal Palace, which burnt down the following year.


The brass band of the Northern town of Hechdyke travel south to London to compete in a national contest. In the capital Sam Small becomes mixed up in a series of adventures including a plot to steal Lady Heckdyke's pearls and the romantic relationship between Heckdyke's son and Small's cousin Betty. Mistakenly arrested for the theft of the pearls, Small has to race to reach The Crystal Palace in time for the competition.



  1. Perry p.175


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  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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