Robey's first experience in cinema was in 1913, with two early sound film shorts: "And Very Nice Too" and "Good Queen Bess", made in the process, where the film was synchronised with phonograph records. The next year, he tried to emulate his music hall colleagues and Charlie Austin, who had set up Homeland Films and found success with the series of films starring . Robey met filmmakers from the Burns Film Company, who engaged him in a silent short entitled "George Robey Turns Anarchist", in which he played a character who fails to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He continued to appear sporadically in film throughout the rest of his career, never achieving more than a modest amount of success.
A gap in the Alhambra's schedule allowed Stoll to showcase Robey in a new short film. "George Robey's Day Off" (1919) showed the comedian acting out his daily domestic routines to comic effect, but the picture failed at the box office. The British director concluded that producers did not know how best to apply Robey's stage talents to film.
Oct. 17, 2002: "John Doe," a former Boy Scout, files suit against the diocese and the Boy Scouts for alleged abuse he suffered in the 1970s and '80s at the hands of O'Donnell and his friend George Robey Jr., who was a Boy Scout leader.