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[HANCOCK, Tony] GALTON, Ray and SIMPSON, Alan

Calling All Forces: Series 2, Episode 12

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London: N.p. [BBC], 1952

39 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left. Lower right corner missing from title page, not affecting text. Edgeworn and age-toned, pencilled deletions and amendments scattered through the script.

First edition. ALAN SIMPSON'S COPY OF THE SECOND EVER GALTON AND SIMPSON SCRIPT, WITH HIS PENCILLED OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE ('Alan'), DELETIONS AND AMENDMENTS.
Series Two, Episode Twelve, first broadcast 30 June 1952.
Galton and Simpson had been given their break in late 1951, when producer Dennis Main Wilson hired them to write the final episodes of a Derek Roy vehicle called Happy-Go-Lucky. The 60-minute variety show had been a total disaster, and since it was impossible to make it any worse it proved an ideal place for the pair to begin their careers. Among the supporting cast of Happy-Go-Lucky were Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Graham Stark....and a 27-year-old Tony Hancock. Hancock's segment of the show was scripted by others, but a Galton and Simpson sketch featuring Benny Hill and Frances King as squabbling children had caught his attention, and the following year he asked the duo to write him a piece for him to perform on Worker's Playtime. Shortly after that, Galton and Simpson found themselves writing Calling All Forces (a show Hancock and Charlie Chester had taken over from Ted Ray) and the partnership which would go on to produce Hancock's Half Hour was born.
Galton and Simpson wrote the last three episodes of Happy-Go-Lucky -- but other scriptwriters were also providing material for that show. The first script to be broadcast written entirely by them was Series Two, Episode Eleven of Calling All Forces, transmitted on 23 June 1952 -- which makes the script offered here, broadcast the following week, the second. It carries Simpson's pencilled name on the title page, and his occasional amendments throughout. (It's testament to the tautness of Galton and Simpson's writing, even in the early years, that there are relatively few of these).
A stunning survivor from the beginning of one of the most important partnerships in the history of British comedy.



Keywords: Tony HANCOCK Ray GALTON Alan SIMPSON'
£2,750.00


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