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Harriet Green, a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret: She has a baby daughter, born out of wedlock. Harriet leaves her public and flees to South Africa to raise her daughter quietly. The years pass, and now her daughter, Harriet Hawkes, returns to London as a young show-biz hopeful. Tommy, a wily publicity man, knowing that young Harriet is a dead ringer for her famous mother, convinces a theater producer to star her in a new revue as none other than the original Harriet Green, miraculously untouched by old age. The ruse works too well: Now the public believes Harriet is a well-preserved 60-year-old and Tommy is her son. The deception is more than merely inconvenient, because now Harriet and Tommy have secretly fallen in love. Written by
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Jessie Matthews re-creates the role she originated in the 1930 Rodgers & Hart London stage production. From that production, only three songs from the original score made the transition to the film, one of which, "Dancing On The Ceiling", has become an American standard. Additional songs were provided by American composer, Harry Woods.
While Matthews was nicknamed "The Dancing Divinity", she was also admired for her singing. She reportedly was a very popular and prolific recording artist in England. In this role, she sings as much, if not more, than she dances. Nevertheless, she was a skilled dancer, certainly equal to any of the dancing ladies of the 1930s. You'll see Matthews perform a variety of different dance styles in this film.
"Evergreen" was reportedly a very popular and profitable film in both England and America. This was the first of several musical comedy films done by Matthews, in which she had the lead starring role. It's interesting to watch if you enjoy 1930s musicals and their stars, especially if you enjoy dance in film. This film can be obtained on VHS.
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