Aren't Men Beasts!

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Aren't Men Beasts!
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Directed by Graham Cutts
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written by Vernon Sylvaine (play)
Marjorie Deans
William Freshman
Starring Robertson Hare
Alfred Drayton
Billy Milton
June Clyde
Cinematography Roy Kellino
Edited by Monica Kimick
Production
company
Distributed by Associated British
Release date
  • 19 January 1937 (1937-01-19)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Aren't Men Beasts! is a 1937 British comedy film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton and Billy Milton. [1]

Contents

Premise

A number of people try to prevent a man getting married.

Cast

Production

The film was based on a play of the same name by Vernon Sylvaine. [2] It was made at Elstree Studios by British International Pictures. [3] John Mead worked on the film as art director.

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References

  1. "Aren't Men Beasts! (1937) | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. "Production of Aren't Men Beasts | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  3. Wood p.89