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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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The main character is based upon the music hall star Lottie Collins, who popularized the song "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-de-Ray" and who also had an illegitimate daughter who grew up to be a famous actress. See more »
The onscreen source of the movie is listed as "Evergreen", but it actually was called "Ever Green". See more »
Most of the reviews on this page seem to be coming from experienced viewers of the period with much broader knowledge of 30s musicals than I have. My viewing experience of the 30s doesn't extend out much past Errol Flynn, and while his swashbuckling style bears a vague resemblance to more recent times, I can assuredly say that this movie is of a completely different style to anything else I've ever seen. I suspect that modern audiences will have trouble appreciating the songs and dance routines, as the world has moved on several times over since then and these days expects something quite different for it's entertainment. I would like to think however, that any person born of a more recent generation (I'm 37 at the time of writing) viewing a movie from this period would have respect for the historical importance of such an opportunity. At the very least it is a glimpse at our world dating back 75 years, and very recently restored and transferred to DVD by Network media (25 May 2009). So what is my interest in this particular film? Quite simply; Jessie Matthews. I regard her as the most beautiful and charming woman I have ever seen on screen, and that is taking into account all modern day actresses. She is a complete natural with comedy, and despite a large portion of Evergreen's 90 minutes being devoted to singing and dancing, Jessie's comedic ability still gets a chance to shine through. Furthermore, while I find it difficult to appreciate the musical side of the production, I can safely say that there is never a moment when Jessie does not look perfectly suited to the task of both singer and dancer. I found the plot to be a little silly but still entertaining, and in fact the 90 minutes run time felt more like 60 by the time the film had come to an end. I would dearly love to see all of Jessie's films released on DVD, and can only hope that the company decides to do so, and I also hope that there is a large audience out there that can still appreciate a glimpse of a different world.
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