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Also Known As: George Hoy Booth Died: March 6, 1961
Born: May 26, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actor, ukulele player, radio performer

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George Formby's musical talents have contributed to a variety of Hollywood productions. Formby's music was featured in "Matchstick Men" (2003) with Nicolas Cage. Formby was also credited in the Vanessa Redgrave dramatic period piece "White Countess" (2005). Formby's music was most recently featured in the Gary Oldman dramatic adaptation "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (2011). Formby was married to Beryl Ingham. Formby passed away in March 1961 at the age of 57.

George Formby's musical talents have contributed to a variety of Hollywood productions. Formby's music was featured in "Matchstick Men" (2003) with Nicolas Cage. Formby was also credited in the Vanessa Redgrave dramatic period piece "White Countess" (2005). Formby's music was most recently featured in the Gary Oldman dramatic adaptation "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (2011). Formby was married to Beryl Ingham. Formby passed away in March 1961 at the age of 57.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Let George Do It (1940)
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wife:
Beryl Ingham. Dancer. With sister May, performed as a clog dancer under the name The Two Violets; married on September 13, 1924 when she was 23 and he 20; died of cancer in December 1960.
companion:
Pat Howson. Born c. 1924; announced engagement in early 1961 (just 50 days after wife Beryl had died).

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father:
George Formby. Music hall performer. Married Eliza Hoy in 1899; died at age 45 in February 1921.
mother:
Eliza Hoy. Married James Booth in 1899.

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Lex10 ( 2006-03-08 )

Source: Goerge Formby films - "It's In the Air" "It's Turned Out Nice Again" "Trouble Brewing" and others.

George Formby movies are like a window onto another dimension. The language is different the social interactions are clearly not American but the comedy idiom is so familiar it's a wonder he never made it over here. His face alone makes the films worth watching. Also known for his catch phrase, "It's turned out nice again, hasn't it?" Useful Links: http://www.georgeformby.co.uk/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Formby

Jeanpierre ( 2007-08-03 )

Source: www.wikipedia.org

George Formby, OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961) was an English singer and comedian who became a major star of both cinema and music hall. George was born in Wigan, Lancashire, as George Hoy Booth, the eldest of seven surviving children (four girls and three boys). His father (James Booth) was George Formby (Senior) (1875-1921) one of the great music hall comedians of his day, fully the equal of his son's later success. His father not wishing him even to watch his performances, he was apprenticed as a jockey when he was seven and rode his first professional race at ten when he weighed under four stone (56 pounds, 25.4 kg). On the death of his father in 1921, Formby abandoned his career as a jockey and started his own music hall career using his father's material. He originally called himself George Hoy (George Hoy was also his father in-law's name, who originally came from Newmarket, Suffolk a famous horseracing town & whose family were involved in horse training). In 1924 he married dancer Beryl Ingham, who managed his career (and it is said his personal life to an intolerable degree - see biographies below) until her death in 1960. He allegedly took up the ukulele, for which he was later famous, as a hobby and first played it on stage for a bet. George Formby endeared himself to his audiences with his cheeky Lancashire humour and folksy Northern England persona. In film and on stage, he generally adopted the character of an honest, good-hearted but accident-prone innocent who used the phrases: "It's turned out nice again!" as an opening line and "Ooh, mother!" when escaping from trouble. What made him stand out, however, was his unique and often mimicked musical style. He sang comic songs, full of double entendre, to his own accompaniment on the banjolele, for which he developed a catchy syncopated style which became his trademark. Some of his best-known songs were written by Noel Gay. He made his first successful record (he had been making records as early as 1926) in 1932 with the Jack Hylton Band, and his first sound film Boots! Boots! in 1934 (Formby had appeared in a sole silent film in 1915). The film was successful and he signed a contract to make a further 11 with Associated Talking Pictures, earned him a then-astronomical income of £100,000 per year. A subsequent contract with Columbia Pictures earned him a further £500,000. Between 1934 and 1945 Formby was the top box-office attraction in British cinema. He appeared in the 1937 Royal Variety Show, and entertained troops with ENSA in Europe and North Africa during World War II. He received an OBE in 1946. He had received a Stalin Prize in 1944, prompted by the popularity of his films in the USSR. His most popular film, and still regarded as probably his best, is the espionage comedy Let George Do It, in which he is a member of a concert party, takes the wrong ship by mistake during a blackout, and finds himself in Norway (mistaking Blackpool for Bergen) as a secret agent. A dream sequence in which he punches Hitler on the nose and addresses him as a "windbag" is one of the most enduring moments in film comedy. Formby suffered his first heart attack in 1952. His wife Beryl died of leukaemia on 24 December 1960 and he planned to marry Pat Howson, a 36-year-old schoolteacher, in the spring of 1961. However he had a second heart attack before then and died in hospital on 6 March 1961. His funeral was held in St Charles' Church in Aigburth, Liverpool and an estimated 100,000 mourners lined the route as his coffin was driven to Warrington Cemetery, where he was buried in the Booth family grave.

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