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The UK cinema industry is thriving today as ever. British comedy in particular has some great modern films. You can see even in the most contemporary movies that they have their origins in classic British comedy.
Moving pictures in Great Britain at the turn of the century quickly became a vital staple of the music hall schedule. And who was cast in those original, rather dull little productions? Bland amateurs and semi-professionals. Not all top film makers of the 1800s had noticed that they were in the midst of an abundance of incredible talent that would enrich their comedic works. It was a belief novelty was all that was needed to sell the new medium.Most of the story prior to 1900 featured maids, workers, military men and, that perennial favourite, the boys in blue and it was standard (but not always) for the underdog to come out triumphant. The casting had little to do with the top celebrities of the day considering this new kind of entertainment common and inferior as in America and nor was it an issue of being too pricy to use these stars or even a lack of demand from the audience. Music hall performers of the time were only too keen to make shorts cameoing their act and for few if any money, it was great publicity.