Gracie plays a London publican's daughter named after Nell Gwynn, who much like the original, becomes romantically involved with a King(John Loder). This one however, isn't English, but ...
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A British soldier goes off to fight in World War I, with his girlfriend waiting and worried at home. He is soon wounded in battle and crippled. He comes to the conclusion that she would be ... See full summary »
Gracie plays a London publican's daughter named after Nell Gwynn, who much like the original, becomes romantically involved with a King(John Loder). This one however, isn't English, but from a broken down mittleEuropean duchy with a lonely castle amidst an Alpine-like landscape. They meet while she's selling (quite Nell Gwynnishly)oranges on the streets, with proceeds for a charity trust. He gets to know her and hers at the pub, and she attends a full dress affair in his honor at the embassy. The King is informed by his father he must make an announcement that he's going to marry the princess of another royal family in order to acquire badly needed power and funds. Nellie is hurt and runs off, not understanding how much he really wanted her. A telegram with a confusing message is soon received at the pub, and the family leaves to go to the King's side, believing that Nell's to marry him after all. But the truth is evident on arrival, that though his feelings are still with her, he ... Written by
Clearly Basil Dean was trying to change Gracies on screen persona during the later part of her Ealing career.Also by using the word "extravaganza"in the credits he clearly wants to make cinema-goers believe that much more time and money has been spent.The tunes are quite pleasant but why do they have to lumber her with John Loder,one of the most wooden actors who ever appeared.Furthermore they still wont let her get the man at the end.In this instance Loder has to marry a Princess who is even plainer than Gracie.In fact they pull that old chestnut....just take off your glasses and do your hair and we will make a princess out of a frog.Only in this instance they make a frog out of a frog.Maybe audiences of the time were conditioned to the view that Gracie couldn't get the man and had to suffer!
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