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Squibs (1935)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  June 1935 (UK)
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Squibs, a cockney flowerseller with a father overwhelmed by gambling debts wins through with the help of assorted friends and a romantically inclined policeman

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Colin Barratt
Drusilla Wills ...
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Squibs, a cockney flowerseller with a father overwhelmed by gambling debts wins through with the help of assorted friends and a romantically inclined policeman Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Remake of Squibs (1921) See more »

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One Way Street
Written by Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman and Maurice Sigler
Sung by Betty Balfour and chorus
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An absolute delight
2 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw Squibs at a film festival in, I think, Syracuse about 25 years ago. I remember being much taken with it – especially Stanley Halloway. I must have really liked it as I bought the tape, which I immediately tucked away until last week when I watched it. Since this viewing was not of a pristine print shown on a large screen in front of an appreciative audience, it did not have quite the impact – but it was close. I could not find a review of this on BritMovie or other sources, which surprised me because it's such an engaging film. I did learn that it was a remake of a 1921 movie with the same title and also starring Balfour. In this musical, Balfour plays a Cockney flower girl (Amelia "Squibs" Hopkins) who has a dead-beat father with a gambling problem (Sam Hopkins). The stalwart cop, Constable Charley Lee whose affection she eventually reciprocates, loves Squibs. But the father almost ruins everything by dipping into the office funds to bet "on a sure thing" at the races. Squibs and the Constable try to come up with the 20 ponds Sam needs to avoid being arrested for embezzlement. But they couldn't do it. As it happens, though, a couple of newspaper reporters come to tell Squibs she has just won the lottery! Squibs and her Constable marry and, one hopes, live happily ever after. Other than the opening music, which was very jarring, I liked the music throughout. I didn't really care for Balfour but she did do one really nice ditty called (perhaps) "Have You Ever Had a Feeling?" It was a pretty big production number with street vendors, passersby (including a drunk) and even store window mannequins joining in the refrain. I also tried to find out more about this tune but could find nothing. As Constable Lee, Halloway also has a good number – a marching song to the "sons of the law". On a date, the Constable takes Squibs to the Tower of London and in one of the movie's most amusing scenes, dons a Beefeater's hat and collar and does a funny tour guide spiel. I also much enjoyed the antics of Gordon Harker as Sam Hopkins. The scenes with him in the public market are marvelous. He meets a fellow he knows who just got of jail; they chat for a bit and then Harker says: "Well, see you when you come out the next time." I occasionally had a hard time understanding Balfour, no doubt due to the accent. However, I did not have this trouble with Harker and Holloway. I wish I had a better print of this but even so, I'll be watching this one again.


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