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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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Cicely Courtneidge ...
Cicely Fytte / Bertha Fytte
Max Miller ...
Joey
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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.)
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Harry
Hay Plumb ...
Tennis Umpire
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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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14 May 2012 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

A typically nice Cicely Courtneidge film - exuberance and nonsense in varying amounts, amusing and irritating in turn. It was a single song musical - but what a song, one of Noel Gay's finest tunes!

Cicely plays identical twin sisters, the prim one is a girls school mistress, the lively one a circus proprietor - the lively one steps into the breach when the prim one debunks with her lover for Africa. It's occasionally very funny but also very dull at times, with long stretches of childish slapstick. However my favourite bit is the "composing" of the song Things Are Looking Up by Cicely and Bill Gargan which I've seen so often over the years it's now part of me, classic and catchy corn indeed. On a side note the great Max Miller had a few snappy lines but was sadly underused.

I've always enjoyed Cicely's films and music - her careless vitality still appeals to me in today's more colourful and wiser world, this world where imposters can't thrive at girls schools, circus animals are banned, and people spreading positive messages and harmlessness are derided.


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