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Love, Life and Laughter (1934)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  March 1934 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gracie Fields ...
John Loder ...
Ivor Barnard ...
Alan Aynesworth ...
King Boris
Fred Duprez ...
Sam Greenbaum
Esme Percy ...
Veronica Brady ...
Mrs. Gwyn
Horace Kenney ...
Mr. Gwyn
Eric Maturin ...
The Director
Robb Wilton ...
Norah Howard ...
Princess Grapfel
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Elizabeth Jenns ...
Raymond Lovell ...
Jack Raine ...


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 WesternOne

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George Sanders' movie debut. See more »


Music by Jimmy Happer
Lyrics by Will E. Haines
Sung by Gracie Fields
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Working gal tells king where his duty lies
7 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

This turned out to be pretty timely, considering Edward VIII was at the same time having to choose between love and duty. Real life isn't like the movies: Edward chose love; Charles Adolphus IX, with some heavy prodding from Nell, chooses duty. It's probably a class thing: aristocrats are heedless of duty while the working class like Fields are much more aware of their responsibilities (she twice rebukes him for 'breaking his contract') and generally plus royaliste que le roi. But the film insists (the same as Sing as We Go) that although disappointed she'll just shed a quiet tear and get on with life. She sings two sad songs, one - Out in the Cold Cold Snow - as a comic number; the other is done straight but then reprised more humorously. It's as if she has to deflect any real emotion with a wisecrack and a song. What a decent chap she is! And so the hero, still rather spoilt, is won by Norah Howard, an appealingly sweet sad sack, and Gracie gets the money to set up a home for sick girls, all with the same haircut, as a consolation prize. This isn't a great film but it was a hit; its values clearly matched those of its audience.

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