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As my TV guide says, "a department store assistant becomes publicity conscious" - doesn't make for much of a movie, huh? Well that's pretty much all it is. The plot could fill the back of a matchbox, but the songs are enjoyable and there's a bit of slapstick and other funnies. The interesting part was at the beginning, on the bus, no one speaks for at least 5 minutes, it's all pantomime. Which is, oddly enough, very effective and fun to watch!
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By all accounts the British Film Industry entered the Sound era in full throat. Musicals were the order of the day and invariably they would be directed by Victor Saville and feature a pool of performers including Jessie Matthews, Jack Buchanan, Claude Hulbert, his brother Jack and Jack's wife Cicely Courtenidge. In Love On Wheels Jack is on his own but he does get to play opposite the likes of Edmund Gwenn, Gordon Harker and Miles Malleson. The plot is wafer thin, natch, and involves more improbabilities than Gordon Brown admitting defeat and stepping down. There's a little imagination on show, for example the characters are listed on the windscreen of a bus and erased by the windscreen wipers. In time-capsule terms it's a reminder of a Jurassic Age that will not come again but that's about it.
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