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Britannia of Billingsgate (1933)

| Comedy, Drama, Musical
The owner of a fish-and-chips shop in the Billingsgate area of London harbors a secret ambition: to become a movie star. It turns out that she has a beautiful singing voice, and when that ... See full summary »

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Violet Loraine ...
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Pearl Bolton
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Fred Bolton
Drusilla Wills ...
Mrs. Wigglesworth
Walter Sondes ...
Harold Hogarth
Glennis Lorimer ...
Maud
Anthony Holles ...
Guidobaldi
Joyce Kirby ...
Joan
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Westerbrook
Grethe Hansen ...
Gwen
Wally Patch ...
Harry
Ernest Sefton ...
Publicity Man
Jane Cornell ...
Fay
George Turner ...
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The owner of a fish-and-chips shop in the Billingsgate area of London harbors a secret ambition: to become a movie star. It turns out that she has a beautiful singing voice, and when that fact comes to the attention of a movie studio, it begins to turn her and her family's lives upside down. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A fascinating view of a British studio in the 30s.
8 March 2008 | by (london) – See all my reviews

For anyone interested in British film production in the 1930s this is a must see film.We get to view the whole production from inception to premiere.We have a detailed look at the British Acoustic system then in use.We get to see both inside and outside of Gaumont British Shepherds Bush studio.which was after the war purchased by the BBC.We see the production of a musical number live with the orchestra on the studio floor.No prerecording in those days.If like me you are also a fan of British cinema building then you have a further treat in store.The premiere takes place at the Gaumont Palace(now Appollo)Hammersmith.It is one of the few cinema palaces of the 30s still more or less intact.We get to see the floodlight exterior,the foyer,the auditorium with the organist rising from the pit(the organ has recently been reinstalled).We see the projectionist starting the projectors and subsequently at the end bringing up the house lights.Also at the beginning there is a view of the old Billingsgate fish market.So don't be put off by the other review.The story is irrelevant what the film shows is how a British musical was produced and shown in the 30s.


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