Alf's Button (1930 film)

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Alf's Button
Directed by W.P. Kellino
Produced byL'Estrange Fawcett
Written by William Darlington (novel)
L'Estrange Fawcett
StarringTubby Edlin
Alf Goddard
Nora Swinburne
Polly Ward
Music by Louis Levy
CinematographyWilliam Shenton
Percy Strong
Production
company
Distributed by Gaumont British Distributors
Release date
1930
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Alf's Button is a 1930 British comedy film directed by W.P. Kellino and starring Tubby Edlin, Alf Goddard and Nora Swinburne. It is an adaptation of the 1920 novel Alf's Button by William Aubrey Darlington. The film features some singing and dancing sequences in an early colour process, which is believed to be Pathécolor. [1]

A comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film – and derived from the classical comedy in theatre –, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.

Alf Goddard English actor

Frank Henry "Alf" Goddard was an English film actor.

Nora Swinburne British actress

Leonora Mary Johnson, known professionally as Nora Swinburne, was an English actress. She is best known for her appearances in many British films.

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Premise

A Cockney soldier discovers that a button on his uniform was made from Aladdin's lamp. When rubbed, the button grants wishes.

Aladdin Middle Eastern folk tale

Aladdin is a folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. It is one of the tales in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights , and one of the best known—despite not being part of the original Arabic text. It was added to the collection in the 18th century by the Frenchman Antoine Galland, who acquired the tale from Syrian Maronite storyteller Hanna Diyab. In any case, since it first appeared, "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" has been one of the best known and most retold of all fairy tales.

Cast

Polly Ward British actress

Polly Ward (1912–1987) was a British singer and actress.

Humberston Wright British actor

Humbertson Wright, sometimes credited as Humberstone Wright or Humberston H. Wright, was a British film actor.

Annie Esmond British actress

Annie Esmond was a British stage and film actress.

Preservation status

This film is believed to be lost.[ citation needed ]

Lost film Feature or short film that is no longer known to exist

A lost film is a feature or short film that is no longer known to exist in any studio archives, private collections, or public archives, such as the U.S. Library of Congress.

See also

<i>Alfs Button</i> (1920 film) 1920 film by Cecil Hepworth

Alf's Button is a 1920 British silent comedy film directed by Cecil Hepworth and starring Leslie Henson, Alma Taylor and Gerald Ames. It was based on the novel Alf's Button by William Darlington. The film is about a British soldier who discovers a magic coat button which summons a genie to grant his various wishes. It was remade as a sound film in 1930.

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References

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Bibliography

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