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"Feather Your Nest" - British Romantic Comedy Adventure
released on March 12, 1937

The Actors: George Formby (Willie Piper), Polly Ward (Mary Taylor), Enid Stamp-Taylor (Daphne Randall), Gilbert Russell (Rex Randall), Davy Burnaby (Sir Martin), Jack Barty (homebuilder Mr. Chester), Clifford Heatherley (Randall's valet), Frederick Burtwell (Murgatroyd), Ethel Coleridge (Mrs. Phyllis Taylor), Jimmy Godden (Mr. Higgins), Moore Marriott (Mr. Jenkins), Syd Crossley (Police Constable), Frank Perfitt (studio manager), Tom Payne (Fortner), The Three Rhythm Sisters (themselves), Mike Johnson (barman), Edie Martin (Blanche), Frederick Piper (Mr. Green, recording engineer), Leonard Sharp (Mr. Peabody), Harry Terry (furniture thief), Hal Walters (man outside furniture shop)

Ignorance and Confidence

Vulcan, Son of JupiterMark Twain once proclaimed that all you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. The first quality on the road to success is to have the confidence that you can actually succeed in your venture . . . . Then you need to be ignorant of all the things in your path that might stop you from succeeding. I’m betting that if someone you know told you that they were going to attempt something grand . . . . You could quickly give them a couple of dozen solid reasons why they could never succeed. If that person listens to you and decides not to begin the venture, you have possibly killed the next great ‘thing’ . . . . Ignorance of all the ‘reasons’ for failure is what will keep you pushing down the path to your success. I wonder how many great ventures YOU have failed to take the first step towards because you knew for certain that you could never ever succeed . . . . British actor George Formby might have been the most ignorant man in film history, and one of the most successful film actors in the world during the awful years of the Great Depression that kept many men and women locked in poverty. This story is almost a true picture of his life . . . . . In this story he is Willie, a stumbling, bumbling man who works at a gramophone recording studio in London. He is probably the most inept helper in the place, regularly causing more destruction of property with his ‘accidents’ than he earns in a week . . . . But Willie is confident that he will marry the cute blonde girl working in the gramophone factory and will be able to purchase and fill a new home with furniture for her . . . . Even though he doesn’t earn enough right now to buy dinner at a nice restaurant . . . . We could give him dozens of reasons why he is most foolish to be considering the responsibilities of marriage and a home . . . . We could give him dozens of reasons why his future is more probably to be a street beggar with no home, job or friends . . . . Fortunately, Willie smiles, sings his songs with his little ukulele and signs the notes for a new home full of new furniture with a head full of dreams . . . . You will see . . . . . Willie has an abundance of confidence . . . . And a plethora of ignorance . . . . . Success is just a matter of time . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show

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2014 was an exciting year for me, and I want to say thank you to every visitor that enjoys these old movies as much as I do. Four years ago I found myself with the knowledge to create nice web pages, along with a stack of old public domain movies that I owned and enjoyed. I decided to share them with the world . . . I thought that the 150 or so movies that I had collected were all the public domain movies in existence, but soon discovered more, and with good research and the help of the internet I am still discovering lost classics to share. Thanks to the amazing people at the New Dream Network I am able to share more than 2,000 almost forgotten classics, with many more sitting on my shelf waiting their turn to be added to this web site.

The question that I am asked most often is whether these movies are really public domain, or am I sharing movies that are still copyrighted and owned by movie studios and independent producers. Some folk believe that I am clever enough to share movies still owned by studios and independent producers without them knowing, but that would not be 'clever' . . . . merely 'stupid.' The first month that I started this web site I uploaded the stack of movies that I had on hand that I believed were public domain. Within days, when only a handful of visitors found my site, a movie studio contacted me and let me know that a couple of their copyrighted movies were among my uploads. I quickly apologized and removed them, and I started learning how to research copyright office records instead of taking the word of movie bloggers. To guarantee that I don't make a mistake, and encourage any studio or producer to correct any mistake that I might make, I do not hide the files with cryptic file names like movie pirates do, and I do not host the movies in a small offshore nation to prevent movie studios from finding either me or the movies. Every movie is named and dated and very easy for motion picture studios to search for and find . . . . . And believe me, they are constantly watching. You may have only discovered this web site recently, but all of the movie studios watch my listings very closely, and have since the very early days. Our legal system makes it very easy for movie studio lawyers to quickly shut down an offending web site, and I am a very cautious person who wants to be around for a while, and have no interest in abusing the rights of others. I am also very easy to find . . . . I am a very public person with my face on every page of the web site, and a contact link on every page of the web site, and if you look at the 'meet Jimbo' page you can even easily discover my cell phone number by following the link to my personal pages. The movies that have been here for five years now are still here because they have no current legal owner.

In 2014 the number of friends visiting the site and enjoying the movies tripled, and I am very grateful. One day in 2014 I got an e-mail note from Sir Robert Rietty, a British actor and voice-over specialist who wanted to thank me for sharing movies featuring himself and his famous acting teacher father Victor Rietti. We became e-mail friends, and I was able to find even more of his movies that were in public domain and share them with him and you, and Sir Robert was gracious enough to share behind-the-scenes stories about some of his experiences. I have also been honored to meet and become friends with Canadian director Rex Bromfield, a longtime friend of Richard Burton. Rex shared two experiences with Burton that have never been made public before, and I shared them with you in my reviews of the 1973 Welsh productions starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Divorce His and the sequel Divorce Hers. Thanks to several new British collector friends, I am able to share many old British films that I, and indeed most folk outside Britain have never seen or heard of. It appears that 2015 will be the year of British Classics thanks to them. I cannot describe with words how much joy I am enjoying while building this web site and sharing the movies that I love with the rest of the world. Thank you all for sharing in my journey and exploring the stories produced during the first years of motion picture history. The past four years have been an incredible journey, but I suspect that the best is yet ahead of us, so stick around and visit often . . . And don't be shy about sending me a note, I cherish every one and respond to all of them.

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