The Early Bird (1936 film)

The Early Bird is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Donovan Pedelty and starring Richard Hayward, Jimmy Mageean and Charlotte Tedlie.

The Early Bird
Directed byDonovan Pedelty
Produced byVictor M. Greene
Written byJ. McGregor Douglas (play)
Donovan Pedelty
StarringRichard Hayward
Jimmy Mageean
Charlotte Tedlie
Myrtle Adams
Music byAl Bollington
CinematographyJim Burger
Edited bySam Simmonds
Crusade Films
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 1936
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film was made at Highbury Studios and in Northern Ireland.[1] It was a quota quickie produced for distribution by the American studio Paramount Pictures. The film's sets were designed by art director George Provis.


  • Richard Hayward as Daniel Duff
  • Jimmy Mageean as Charlie Simpson
  • Charlotte Tedlie as Mrs. Gordon
  • Myrtle Adams as Lizzie
  • Nan Cullen as Mrs. Madill
  • Elma Hayward as Susan Duff
  • Terence Grainger as Archie Macready
  • Charles Fagan as Harold Gordon


  1. Chibnall p.289


  • Chibnall, Steve. Quota Quickies: The British of the British 'B' Film. British Film Institute, 2007.
  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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