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First a Girl (1935)

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Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jessie Matthews ...
Sonnie Hale ...
Victor
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Princess Mironoff
Griffith Jones ...
Robert
Alfred Drayton ...
Mr. McLintock
Constance Godridge ...
Beryl
Eddie Gray ...
Goose Trainer
Martita Hunt ...
Madame Seraphina
Donald Stewart ...
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Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean actor and another audition victim. When Victor quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number he unfortunately finds himself voiceless. Why wouldn't Elizabeth replace it? His new friend hesitates but finally makes her debut as ... a man posing for a woman! She is noticed by McLintock, an influential talent agent who hires Mr. Victoria (Elizabeth's stage name) and launches his/her brilliant international career. One day, Robert, a handsome young man engaged to Princess Mironoff, makes friends with this young man posing as a woman posing as a man ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mulher Antes de Tudo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The climactic musical number in a gigantic birdcage was filmed in the open air at night at Gaumont British's 70 acre backlot at Northolt. See more »

Goofs

Elizabeth's hands pose differently between shots when Victor brings medicine to her. See more »

Quotes

Robert: [calculatingly] We have dinner late and then decide to motor on. The car will conveniently break down - there.
Princess Mironoff: That's original!
Robert: We... we then, walk, three kilometres.
Princess Mironoff: Now don't get too original, darling.
Robert: Well, what's three kilometres on a nice moonlight night? At the end of that walk, by chance, we will arrive at an inn, which, by a strange coincidence I know well. I shall telephone the "patron" and make some interesting reservations.
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Connections

Remade as Victor/Victoria (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Etude Op. 25, No.1
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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outdated but enchanting
3 January 2005 | by (lyon, france) – See all my reviews

this charming British musical, the first English version of ' victor victoria', can boast a swell cast,pungent lines and delightful musical routines. the story evolves around a showgirl pretending to be a boy and playing a girl on stage. Quite confusing, but that's where comes all the fun. Even if Jessie Matthews has star billing and the leading role, Sonnie Hale is outstanding and the credit for the enchantment is mainly all his. Their dance routines cannot compete with Fred and Ginger, but their facetiousness and buffoonery deserves our chortles. An old fashioned charm emanates from this movie, unfortunately not very well known.


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