Back to the Forties

Stage musicals and musical films from the 1940s were the theme for the October edition of ‘In the Ballroom’ on 11th at the Court House, with a brilliant presentation by Trevor Langley. 

The packed audience happily sang along with wartime songs and the popular escapist musicals in Technicolour, such as Oklahoma, Carousel, On The Town and Meet Me in St. Louis. Trevor related how musical Disney films such as Snow White and Bambi had the biggest box office successes.

Did you know that ‘Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler?’ wasn’t a wartime song? It was written in that style in 1969 for the BBC series Dad’s Army, with Bud Flanagan recruited to record it. 

After the presentation, the volunteers provided the usual tea, coffee and a selection of cakes, and Helen’s picture-quiz was on the theme of forties film-stars. Two of the guests got all the answers right, so there had to be a tie-breaker to decide who went away with the prize of a box of chox. 

The next gathering ‘In The Ballroom’ will be at 2pm on Wednesday 8th November, when Anthony Poulton Smith will be explaining the origins of our surnames. It costs just £3 per person to include the refreshments.

These gatherings on the second Wednesday of each month are extremely popular, so it’s essential that you reserve your place in advance to avoid overcrowding. Pop in to the Warwick Visitor Information Centre, or phone them on 01926 492212. Or you can email