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Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 5 September 1930 (USA)
Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister.

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(a musical version of the stage play by), (and the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Sir Jasper Standish
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Lord Varney
Perry Askam ...
Capt. O'Hara
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Julia
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Colonel Villiers
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Capt. Spicer
Douglas Gerrard ...
Tom Stafford
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Christiane Yves ...
Lydia
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Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives and is not listed for Preservation. See more »


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Pump Room Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter O'Keefe and Robert Emmett Dolan (as Bobby Dolan)
Performed by Claudia Dell and chorus
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Charming Bit of Froth
27 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A musical mix-up of identities, duels, and love, SWEET KITTY BELLAIRS takes place in the English city of Bath in 1793. The plot involves jealous lovers, intrigues, a highwayman, and masks as Kitty (Claudia Dell) tries to unscramble a few mysteries and win a shy lord (Walter Pidgeon). Amazingly this fluff comes from hard-boiled Warner Brothers.

Not a bad film at all, this one simply got lost in the glut of musicals in the early talkie period. Originally shot in Technicolor, this film survives only in B&W and was one of many "operettas" to get released after the success of RIO RITA.

Dell is very pretty but has only a so-so singing voice. Pidgeon seems oddly cast but handles the songs well. Ernest Torrence is a surprise as the blustering husband. June Collyer plays Julia. Flora Finch plays the old gossip. Lionel Belmore, Tom Ricketts, and Arthur Edmund Carewe also co-star.

A highlight is the ribald song "Peggy's Leg."


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