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Formby Sr suffered from a chest ailment, identified variously as bronchitisasthma or tuberculosis and would use the cough as part of the humour in his act, saying to the audience, "Bronchitis, I'm a bit tight tonight", or "coughing better tonight".
George Formby on screen, stage, record and radio Formby in the early s, when still playing John Willie On 8 February Formby Sr succumbed to his bronchial condition and died, at the age of 45; he was buried in the Catholic section of Warrington Cemetery.
While there, they visited the Victoria Palace Theatre —where Formby Sr had previously been so successful—and saw a performance by the Tyneside comedian Tommy Dixon. As he had never seen his father perform live, Formby found the imitation difficult and had to learn his father's songs from records, and the rest of his act and jokes from his mother.
In the show he was billed as George Hoy, using his mother's maiden name—he explained later that he did not want the Formby name to appear in small print.
As a result he experienced frequent periods of unemployment—up to three months at one point. When the songs—still his father's material—were well received, he changed his stage name to George Formby, and stopped using the John Willie character.
Beryl, who had formed a dancing act with her sister, May, called "The Two Violets",  had a low opinion of Formby's act, and later said that "if I'd had a bag of rotten tomatoes with me I'd have thrown them at him". She instructed him on how to use his hands, and how to work his audience.
She also persuaded him to change his stage dress to black tie —although he appeared in a range of other costumes too—and to take lessons in how to play the ukulele properly. One of the songs he recorded in July was "Chinese Laundry Blues", telling the story of Mr Wu, which became one of his standard songs, and part of a long-running series of songs about the character.
Although he expressed an interest in Formby, he did not like the associated demands from Beryl.
She also met the representative of Warner Bros. Blakeley of Blakeley's Productionswho offered him a one-film deal. Monty Banks directed, and Florence Desmond took the female lead.
The writer Matthew Sweet describes the set as "a battleground" because of her actions, and Banks unsuccessfully requested that Dean bar Beryl from the studio. Still and all, he doesn't do too bad. Formby played "the urban 'little man' defeated—but refusing to admit it.
The plots were geared to Formby trying to achieve success in a field unfamiliar to him in horse racing, the TT Races, as a spy or a policemanand by winning the affections of a middle-class girl in the process.
The songs are, in the words of the academic Brian McFarlane, "unpretentiously skilful in their balance between broad comedy and action, laced with Tensions arose in pre-production with Banks and some of the cast requesting to Dean that Beryl be banned from the set.
Tempers had also become strained between Formby and Desmond, who were not on speaking terms except to film scenes.
The situation became so bad that Dean avoided visiting his studios for the month of filming. The corporation's director John Reith stated that "if the public wants to listen to Formby singing his disgusting little ditty, they'll have to be content to hear it in the cinemas, not over the nation's airwaves";  Formby and Beryl were furious with the block on the song.
Beryl objected strongly, and Kimmins continued his directorial duties, while Ward was brought in for the female lead. Beryl, as she did with all Formby's female co-stars, "read the 'keep-your-hands-off-my-husband' riot act" to the actress.
Every year afterwards he would purchase either a new Rolls Royce or Bentleybuying 26 over the course of his life. In a dream sequence after being drugged, Formby's character parachutes into a Nuremberg Rally and punches Hitler.
According to Richards, the scene provided "the visual encapsulation of the people's war with the English Everyman flooring the Nazi Superman". He and Beryl also set up their own charities, such as the OK Club for Kids, whose aim was to provide cigarettes for Yorkshire soldiers,  and the Jump Fund, to provide home-knitted balaclavas, scarves and socks to servicemen.
The examining board rejected him as being unfit, because he had sinusitis and arthritic toes. When the season came to an end the Formbys moved to London and, in Mayperformed for the royal family at Windsor Castle. He had commissioned a new set of inoffensive lyrics for "When I'm Cleaning Windows", but was informed that he should sing the original, uncensored version, which was enjoyed by the royal party, particularly Queen Mary, who asked for a repeat of the song.
King George VI presented Formby with a set of gold cuff links, and advised him to "wear them, not put them away". Robert Murphy, in his study of wartime British cinema, points out that Balcon, Formby's producer at the time, "seems to have made little effort to persuade him not to transfer his allegiance", despite the box office success enjoyed by Let George Do It and Spare a Copper.
Formby set up his own company, Hillcrest Productions, to distribute the films, and had the final decision on the choice of director, scriptwriter and theme, while Columbia would have the choice of leading lady. Formby's move to an American company was controversial, and although his popular appeal seemed unaffected, his "films were treated with increasing critical hostility", according to John Mundy in his examination of British musical film.
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