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Stanley Lupino ...
Sally Gray ...
Sally Gray
Roddy Hughes ...
Dick Dirk
Wyn Weaver ...
Mr. Carter
Marjorie Chard ...
Mrs. Carter
Ernest Sefton ...
Tom Page
Gerald Barry ...
John Harman
Kenneth Kove ...
Wilfrid Harman
Doris Rogers ...
Mrs. Pearce
Arthur Rigby ...
Bill Rachett (as Arthur Rigby Jr.)
Syd Crossley ...
Café Proprietor
Arty Ash ...
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A couple of out of work songwriters try to persuade a wealthy stockbroker to back them. But he turns out to be broke as they are. A series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and general confusion as our heroes attempt to make a living as songwriters in 1930s Britain. Well paced acting with some quite amusing lines, together with some reasonably good song and dance make this amusing Ealing Studio production worth a viewing.

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London Town
Written by Val Guest
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Reasonably cheery
5 April 2015 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

It's the depths of the Great Depression, and everyone in this film is either very poor or very rich (except for the couple who used to be very rich and are now very poor). A playwright and a songwriter are trying to sell their show; an attractive young woman is trying to get an acting job. A misunderstanding brings them together. The humor is very fast, if not very funny. Most of the songs in this musical show up in the second half; the title song is catchy, and the finale is energetic, if bizarre, but the rest of the music is forgettable. Star/writer/producer Stanley Lupino (father of Ida) is a decent broad comedian, but not much of a singer or a dancer. Sally Gray, who became a big star later in her career, had great legs and a serviceable voice but, at this stage of her career anyway, wasn't much of an actress. I'd recommend the last big dance number, which seems to sweep through most of London - it's very surreal and very entertaining.


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