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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sonnie Hale ...
Leslie Benn
Barry MacKay ...
Tommy Thompson (as Barry Mackay)
Ivor McLaren ...
Marquis of Staines (as Ivor Maclaren)
Hartley Power ...
Patrick Ludlow ...
Lord Shropshire
Betty Shale ...
Mrs. Hawkes
Marjorie Brooks ...
Marjorie Moore
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buddy Bradley ...


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 Dan Navarro <>

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Release Date:

31 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sempre Viva  »

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Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale were husband & wife during this time (1931-1944). Together they adopted a daughter, Catherine, born in 1935. See more »


The onscreen source of the movie is listed as "Evergreen", but it actually was called "Ever Green". See more »


Music by Wilhelm Aletter
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Best of British Movie Musicals
6 March 2000 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

"Evergreen" was an original Rodgers and Hart creation, both in story and music, successfully produced on stage in 1930 in Glasgow and London by British impresario, C. B. Cochran. Gaumont British Picture loosely adapted the show into a Hollywood style musical in this 1934 version. Three Rodgers and Hart songs were retained, most notably, "Dancing on the Ceiling." In addition, three songs by the American composer, Harry Woods were interpolated, including the movie's main theme, "When You've Got a Little Springtime in Your Heart."

Fortunately, for lovers of 1930's musicals, Evergreen's breezy plot, lilting music, and stylish dancing routines all come together to highlight the talents and beauty of British musical queen, Jessie Matthews. The willowy, long-legged Mathews is a singing and dancing revelation, as charming and lovable a musical comedy heroine as ever seen on either side of the Atlantic.

This movie is a joy in every way. As refrained by composer Woods: "And each happy scene will be Evergreen as the sweetest morning in June, when you've got a little springtime in your heart."

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