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Cast

Credited cast:
Gracie Fields ...
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Marjorie Belfer
Douglas Wakefield ...
Joe Chirk
Alfred Drayton ...
Belfer
Billy Nelson ...
Alf Chirk
Harry Tate ...
Turnpenny
Huntley Wright ...
Ketley
Robb Wilton ...
Mayor
Morris Harvey ...
Rosenbloom
Maud Gill ...
Miss Canvey
Norman Walker ...
Brierley
Tommy Fields ...
Sidney Pearson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Ferrers ...
Lady Buster
Kenneth Kove ...
Piano Assistant
Jack Melford ...
Journalist
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Gutsy lass Gracie rallies fellow stall-holders at Birkenhead Market to prevent its takeover and demolition by a department store chain. She invokes the Market's foundation by Royal Charter just before an inadvertent gas leak provides an explosive climax. Written by hutch48-2

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7 October 1935 (UK)  »

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Kenneth More's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Turnpenny: Hello, Grace! How's your father, alright? I thought you were on the stage making hundreds of pounds a week
Gracie Pearson: I thought you were running John Barkers in Kensington. We must both be wrong
Turnpenny: No, I'm still here and I'm staying here until they chuck me out
Gracie Pearson: Well, shake on that, Mr Turnpenny.
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Operatic Burlesque
(uncredited)
based on "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Delightful Gracie Fields musical with Vivien Leigh in support

This is a delightful film with Gracie Fields at her finest in both comedy and singing. She plays a musical comedy star who comes home to find her father's market in danger of being closed by a developer. Her brother's fiancée is the developer's daughter (Vivien Leigh is sweet as the daughter in the twelve scenes allotted her during her first year in films). Gracie is a dynamo as she goes about scheming to save the market from destruction. A particularly hilarious episode has her dressed as a girl guide leader, who leads other market shop keepers in disguise to wreak havoc on the developer's department store. Gracie gets to sing seven numbers. The title tune LOOK UP AND LAUGH is heard four times. LOVE IS EVERYWHERE is heard twice. There's also a quartet of PERSONAL HISTORIES, a spoof aria from TRAVIATA, THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE and HAPPY ENDING. One number has no music but is a rhymed lyric - THEY WON'T COME OUT, regarding the boarded up market siege. There is even a background rendition of Gracie's signature tune, SALLY IN OUR ALLEY.

This is a rarity, but very worth seeking out. My print ran 74 minutes, not the 80 the IMDb states.


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