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Things Are Looking Up (1935)

| Comedy
Scatterbrain circus lady has to cover for her sour schoolmistress sister

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Cast

Cast overview:
Cicely Courtneidge ...
Cicely Fytte / Bertha Fytte
Max Miller ...
Joey
William Gargan ...
Van Gaard
Mary Lawson ...
Mary Fytte
Mark Lester ...
Chairman
Henrietta Watson ...
Miss McTavish
Cicely Oates ...
Miss Crabbe
Judy Kelly ...
Opal
Dick Henderson ...
Mr. Money
Dickie Henderson ...
Mr. Money's Son (as Dick Henderson Jr.)
...
Harry
Hay Plumb ...
Tennis Umpire
Danny Green ...
Big Black Fox
Suzanne Lenglen ...
Madame Bombardier
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Bertha Fytte is a serious and strict schoolmistress, and not well liked by the schoolgirls. Her sister Cicely runs a nearby circus, more or less successfully, and Bertha heartily disapproves. But spinster Bertha suddenly elopes, and Cicely is induced to take her place ... only for one day. Cicely scrapes by teaching advanced geometry and finds an ally in van Gaard, the romantic American music teacher, who discloses to her that his qualifications are not 100% genuine. The school headmistress is retiring and Bertha is on the short list to get her job. Will Cicely try to succeed for her sister, and if she tries can she put on a good enough show to pull it off? Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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(British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vivien Leigh's first film. See more »

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Things Are Looking Up
Written by Noel Gay and Clifford Grey
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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Lots of fun - and don't miss Vivien Leigh!
26 June 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you keep your eyes peeled, you can't miss spotting Miss Leigh in this, one of her very first roles. She even had one line of dialogue - "If you are not made headmistress, I shan't come back next term." Contrary to many sources, this line was NOT cut from the final print, as I just heard and saw it with my own eyes.

Things Are Looking Up is a delightful romp with non-stop laughs. Cicely Courtneidge is Cicely Fytte, a circus-owner, and also her identical twin sister Bertha Fytte, a strict schoolmistress. When Bertha runs away to elope with "the Big Black Fox", their younger sister Mary summons Cicely to help out - in effect, taking Bertha's place as teacher. Now Cicely doesn't know geometry, nor does she play tennis, but she manages to wade through everything in her own unique way. Don't eat anything during the Wimbledon scene, unless you want to end up wearing it!

An easy 10/10 and definitely worth it for other Vivien Leigh fans!


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