|Music Hall Parade|
|Directed by||Oswald Mitchell|
|Screenplay by||Oswald Mitchell|
|Produced by||Oswald Mitchell|
|Edited by||Daniel Birt|
|Music by||Percival Mackey (musical director)|
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service (UK)|
Music Hall Parade is a 1939 British musical film directed by Oswald Mitchell.The film featured Glen Raynham, Richard Norris (actor), and Charles Sewell. Sid Palmer also had a role. The story is about a daughter who works to keep her father's music hall going after his death. The film was reissued in 1940 as Cavalcade of Variety. The film was produced at the Walton on Thames studios. Renown Pictures released a digitally remastered edition of the film in 2011.
Billy Cotton and his Band perform in the film.
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