Alf's Button (1930)

Genres - Comedy, Fantasy  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Previously filmed in 1920, W. A. Darlington's comedy-fantasy Alf's Button was remade as a talkie ten years later. Tubby Endlin stars as WWI "Tommy" Alf Higgins, who learns to his delight and amazement that a button on his jacket was fashioned from Aladdin's lamp. Rubbing the button for luck, Alf summons forth a genie named Eustace (Humberston Wright), who grants him the traditional three wishes. The film makes occasional side-trips to the land of Arabian Nights, these scenes photographed in the pleasing pastels of Pathe color. The material may have been old hat by 1930, but Alf's Button reportedly clocked 203 laughs at its London premiere.



genie, Britain, fantasy, lamp, soldier, wish-fulfillment