Variety Jubilee

Variety Jubilee is a 1943 British historical musical film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Reginald Purdell, Ellis Irving and Lesley Brook.[1] It depicts life in a London music hall from 1892 to the Second World War.[2] It was made at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. The film was re-released in 1945, to capitalise on the popularity of Ealing's Champagne Charlie.[3]

Variety Jubilee
Directed byMaclean Rogers
Produced byF.W. Baker
Written byKathleen Butler
Based ona story by Mabel Constanduros
StarringReginald Purdell
Ellis Irving
Lesley Brook
Betty Warren
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byA. Charles Knott
Distributed byButcher's Film Service
Release date
14 June 1943
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Variety Jubilee is a melodrama chronicling three generations of a family of music hall owners. At the start of the 20th century, two former variety artists, Joe and Kit, become partners in running a music hall. The First World War brings the death of Kit's son, and the end of the war a decline in popularity of music halls. Joe and Kit's business falls into disrepair, and finally, Kit and his wife die in poverty. Eventually, Kit's grandson successfully resurrects the family music hall, before joining the RAF to fight in the second World War.


Critical reception

Radio Times gave the film three out of five stars, noting a "simple, nostalgic tribute to the British music hall...The film consists largely of musical variety acts performed by numerous forgotten old-timers of a bygone era, with Marie Lloyd Jr impersonating her famous mother. Comedian George Robey, a team of cancan dancers and the band of the Coldstream Guards are also among the arcane and rather touching attractions."[4]


  1. "Variety Jubilee (1943)". BFI.
  3. Harper p.102
  4. Robin Karney. "Variety Jubilee". RadioTimes.


  • Harper, Sue. Picturing the Past: The Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film. British Film Institute, 1994.
  • Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Routledge, 1992.

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