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Things Are Looking Up (1935)

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Scatterbrain circus lady has to cover for her sour schoolmistress sister

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Cast overview:
Cicely Courtneidge ...
Cicely Fytte / Bertha Fytte
Max Miller ...
William Gargan ...
Van Gaard
Mary Lawson ...
Mary Fytte
Mark Lester ...
Henrietta Watson ...
Miss McTavish
Cicely Oates ...
Miss Crabbe
Judy Kelly ...
Dick Henderson ...
Mr. Money
Dickie Henderson ...
Mr. Money's Son (as Dick Henderson Jr.)
Hay Plumb ...
Tennis Umpire
Danny Green ...
Big Black Fox
Suzanne Lenglen ...
Madame Bombardier


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 <>

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(British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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


Things Are Looking Up
Written by Noel Gay and Clifford Grey
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Delightful Courtneidge comedy vehicle
12 June 2003 | by (Bellows Falls, VT) – See all my reviews

This film is a fun romp and a perfect vehicle for Ms. Courtneidge's talents- mugging of the grand school ala Marie Dressler - both coming from the vaudeville training of broad comic gesture and both homely, matronly but lovable.

The title tune is quite infectious and well done. Note the continuity error in the Wimbledon audience. The fellow in the front row bottom right of screen sometimes wears a hat and sometimes not.

Vivien Leigh is most noticeable in three scenes- she is behind the girl in the geometry class who gives Cicely a hard time; she is in front row of third window scene during the title tune production number; she has her one line towards the end in a checkered dress as she tells Courtneidge she won't return to the school if the latter isn't elected headmistress.

Do make an effort to see this- much fun.

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