On Approval (1930 film)

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On Approval
Directed by Tom Walls
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by W.P. Lipscomb
Frederick Lonsdale (play)
StarringTom Walls
Yvonne Arnaud
Winifred Shotter
Robertson Hare
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Duncan Mansfield
Production
company
Distributed by Woolf and Freedman
Release date
26 August 1930
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

On Approval is a 1930 British comedy film directed by and starring Tom Walls and also featuring Yvonne Arnaud, Winifred Shotter and Robertson Hare, the same artistes responsible for the Aldwych farces. It was based on the play On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale, [1] as was the 1944 film On Approval .

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It was made at Elstree Studios with sets designed by Lawrence P. Williams.

The 1932 book "The Face of London" by Harold Clunn Pub. Simpkin Marshall, features, opposite page 224, a picture, probably taken in Aug. or Sept. 1930, of the New Victoria Picture Theatre, Vauxhall Bridge Road. Displayed in large letters is ON APPROVAL the film being presented by the cinema at that time.

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  1. BFI.org