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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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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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The Londonola
Written by Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman and Maurice Sigler
Sung and danced by Betty Balfour and chorus
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Nice light hearted trifle
4 November 2013 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was another of Julius Hagen's Real Art Twickenham Studios attempts at an entertaining and decent British film in the middle of the "quota-quickie" period. Whether or not the viewers of today would guess that is another matter though! I've always wished I could see Betty Balfour's original 1921 version because this one owes too much to American film (especially Warner Brothers musicals) that it's almost spoilt. But at least one can revel in the larger than life characters played by Balfour, Stanley Holloway, Gordon Harker, Ronald Shiner and a plethora of minor British actors.

Cockney flower girl and London copper with thick Yorkshire accent fall in love while her dodgy dad and his dubious friends fall into trouble. Everything comes to a head with the theft of GBP 20, then and now a gargantuan amount to many people including myself. In case you worry all's well in the end after lots of singing and dancing: it opens with One Way Street – an unintentionally poignant British take on 42nd St and finishes with a reprise of Have You Ever Had The Feeling You're Flying – looking at all the floating balloons did they hope to film the finale in colour? In between all this PC Clod gives a nod and a plod to Forgotten Man with The Song Of The Law. Over the years many people thought the Cockney Holloway was indeed a Northerner on the back of his success with The Lion And Albert and many other dotty monologues. What an indisputably mind-bogglingly wonderful film this would have been if only he could have sung With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm in the Tower Of London scene! Balfour was allegedly 32 years old but her whole demeanour was of a staidly middle-aged firework. Fairly pointless filling bits were given to Hagen's stock toff actors Michael Shepley and O. B. Clarence.

I've seen it a few times now since first running across the excellent print on UK Channel 4 in 1992 so I must like it for what it is, a jolly and inconsequential piece of nonsense. Still hoping to see the original though… I recommend it at the very least for a fascinating window on Britain 1935 – and a window on how cynical we've all become!


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