Boots! Boots! is a 1934 British comedy film directed by Bert Tracy and starring George Formby, Beryl Formby and Arthur Kingsley. It was made by Blakeley's Productions, Ltd. (later Mancunian Films) at the Albany Studios in London. The premiere of the film was in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Producer John E. Blakeley had no prior experience in film production; he had seen comedian George Formby doing his stage act and approached him to star in a feature film. Blakeley's modest studio was a one-room loft space above a taxi garage. The makeshift stage was not soundproofed, so whenever the crew members wanted to film a scene, they had to signal the garage to stop its noisy work below. The studio also had pictorial limitations, and couldn't replicate much more than simple room interiors (many scenes were staged in cramped corners). Thus the nightclub scenes in Boots! Boots! were filmed in near-darkness, hiding the absence of set decorations, with a single spotlight trained on the performer being photographed.
The film is a patchwork of songs and jokes tied to the misadventures of bumbling John Willie, played by Formby. ("John Willie" was a character made famous by Formby's father, George Formby, Sr., in music halls of the early 1900s.) Despite the crude photography and recording, and the minuscule budget of £3000, Boots! Boots! became an enormous hit. It was reissued (in shortened form, in 1938) to capitalize on Formby's later fame; for six decades this 55-minute version was the only one that circulated, until an uncut, 80-minute print was located and restored for DVD release.George Formby - John Willie
Beryl Formby - Snooky
Arthur Kingsley - Hotel Manager
Tonie Forde - Chambermaid
Lilian Keyes - Lady Royston
Donald Read - Sir Alfred Royston
Constance Fletcher - Mrs Clifford
Betty Driver - Betty
Wallace Bosco - Mr Clifford
Myfanwy Southern - Reception Clerk
Bert Tracey - The Chef
Harry Hudson and his Orchestra - Themselves