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Old Bill and Son & Aldwych Farces: Volume 3 on DVD in October

28 September 2015

Network have announced another two titles for October DVD release as part of their ongoing 'The British Film' collection: Old Bill and Son (1941), a wartime comedy featuring 'Old Bill', the character created by cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather; and Aldwych Farces: Volume 3, the latest in a series of stage comedies from the 1920s and 30, this time featuring Fighting Stock (1935) and Foreign Affaires (1935).


Old Bill and Son

Old Bill has grumbled his way through the trenches of the First World War. Now it is the Second and, jealous of his son, Young Bill, he decides to enlist. He finally enters the Pioneer Corps, which is based near his son. Then one night Young Bill goes missing during a raid. Will it be up to Old Bill to save him?

Some of British cinema's best-loved stars were enlisted for this endearing wartime comedy featuring 'Old Bill' – the memorably cantankerous, grittily determined World War One character created by cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather.

Starring Morland Graham (Jamaica Inn) and John Mills (Gandhi) as Bills senior and junior, Old Bill and Son is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Old Bill and Son will be released on UK DVD on 19th October 2015 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

The only listed special feature is an image gallery.


Aldwych Farces: Volume 3

A series of now-legendary stage comedies from the 1920s and '30s, the Aldwych Farces broke theatre box-office records and made the transition to celluloid with a run of hit films. Making stars of Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn and Robertson Hare, most were penned by leading comic playwright Ben Travers and peopled by a regular cast of silly-ass aristocrats, battleaxe wives and put-upon husbands; nimble wordplay and finely crafted buffoonery were their hallmarks and the public loved them.

Fighting Stock (1935)
Brigadier-General Sir Donald Rowley has rented a lovely cottage in Sussex, where he hopes to indulge in his favourite passion, fishing. Everything goes swimmingly until he runs afoul of his neighbour under accusations of poaching. To make things worse, his nephew also comes a cropper when he chats up both the neighbour's wife and his daughter!

Foreign Affaires (1935)
Captain Archibald Gore is an ageing aristocrat with several weaknesses, including – but not exclusive to – wine, women and horses. Impoverished by such habits, he schemes to secure his dwindling finances by any means – fair or foul!

Though only ten adaptations were made on film, the influence of these enduringly popular films were great and can be seen in some of the key British comedies from the first half of the 20th century. This ongoing range will include not only the Aldwych Farces themselves but those films that they influenced. They are presented here as brand-new transfers from original film elements in their original aspect ratio.

Aldwych Farces: Volume 3 will be available to buy on UK DVD from 26th October 2015 at the RRP of £12.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Special features:

  • Image gallery
  • Original theatrical material PDFs