Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and... See full summary »
This is a film produced by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Gertrude Lawrence, and it was nothing like I expected. Lawrence stars as a music hall star who marries Lord Camber (Nigel Bruce) and retires from the stage. Time passes and Lady Camber is admitted to a hospital where Gerald du Maurier (who gets first billing) is a kindly doctor. His nurse and lab assistant is Janet King (Benita Hume), a former florist and girl friend of Lord Camber. With Lady Camber flat on her back, it seems Camber and nursie start up again where they left off. Now if only Lady Camber were not in the way. Another doctor by chance catches the nurse washing out and refilling a bottle of poison and replacing it in the poison cabinet. Soon thereafter Lady Camber keels over. But the doctor snitches and du Maurier accuses the nurse of murder. In a typical Hitchcock ploy (and he had nothing to do with the writing and/or directing of this film), what the first doctor has witnessed was an action (replacing the bottle of poison) taken out of context. So who killed Lady Camber? The four principles are all very good, and Lawrence gets to sing a song in the opening, which is likely as close to her real stage performing style as we'll ever get to see. Her breezy bravado is in full evidence.
Too bad there is not a good quality copy of this film floating around.
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