A British soldier goes off to fight in World War I, with his girlfriend waiting and worried at home. He is soon wounded in battle and crippled. He comes to the conclusion that she would be ...
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A British soldier goes off to fight in World War I, with his girlfriend waiting and worried at home. He is soon wounded in battle and crippled. He comes to the conclusion that she would be better off believing that he had been killed so she can get on with her life. She gets the news and is devastated. Several years later she is still grieving for him, but he has now been cured and goes looking for her. Written by
Nicely crafted little drama set on the back streets of London's East End (?). Might look like a safe harmless comedy, but it boasts an authentic atmosphere, tight story and some great performances, especially from Fields and Desmond.
A couple of points to add to Mozjoukine's excellent summary (above). Firstly, the use of music hall song and routine. According to film scholar Stephen Shafer, this was a common feature of 1930s British films and is now hardly noticed or valued. But it is not hard to see why Fields became a global star with her singing and persona, very much grounded in music hall tradition. Second, Florrie's adoration of Hollywood stars in movie magazines is surely a comment on the pure escapism of this brand of cinema - to which 'Sally in Our Alley' presented a refreshing alternative.
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