Sandy Powell (30 January 1900 - 26 June 1982) was an English comedian best known for his radio work of the 1930s and for his catchphrase Can You Hear Me, Mother?
Born Albert Arthur Powell in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, he attended White's school in Masbrough where he helped his mother (Lily le Maine) to put on a marionette show. After he left school he became a music hall entertainer, often wearing a kilt in the guise of a Scottish comedian. During this part of his career he was associated with the singer Gracie Fields, and released several records where he collaborated with her.
In the 1930s he began to work on the radio, always introducing his show with catchphrase Can You Hear Me, Mother? Powell said that the catchphrase originated on an occasion when he had dropped his script and was killing time at the microphone while rearranging the pages. It is also attributed to his mother's coercion and her Hard of Hearing, during his early career. He also appeared in a number of...
Cup-Tie Honeymoon was the first motion picture to be filmed at the Dickenson Road Studios by the Mancunian Film Corporation in 1948, themed around football.
A business man's son (Powell) has to choose between playing for his father's team and their rivals in a football match. He does the right thing and romantically impresses his father's secretary.
Filmed in Rusholme, Manchester, much of the shooting took place on local streets and at the nearby Maine Road stadium.
Pat Phoenix, later to achieve fame in Coronation Street was credited as "Patricia Pilkington".
Release of the film coincided with the start of the 1948 football season.