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Broad farce aided by 3 rising stars

Author: malcolmgsw from london
6 March 2014

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This quota quickie from Twickenham is one of their last before Julius Hagen was caught up in the great financial crash of 1937 which brought down not just his company but Gaumont British.It is an interesting factor of this film that most of this film is made on location and very little in studios.Judy Gunnis being kept in her room because she doesn't want to marry the man of her father's choice.She escapes and meets a young naval lieutenant on leave Jack Hawkins.At the same time Gordon Harker the master of a Thames barge is romancing Margaret Rutherford.Ronald Shiner is his third hand.So basically it is a rather broad and not particularly funny film which ensures that Jack is going to marry Judy after a 2 day engagement.The main point of interest is in seeing 3 stars on the rise,Hawkins,Shiner and Rutherford.

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interesting period piece

Author: Brucey D from United Kingdom
30 January 2017

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as per a (the!) previous review, this is not a film of the first order by any means. However it is interesting to see some of the actors involved at this stage in their careers. Jack Hawkins had worked much on stage by this time and had already made several screen appearances. Here he is so skinny I didn't recognise him at first; fifteen years later he was voted Britain's favourite film star, having made 'The Cruel Sea' amongst others.

Although made by 'Twickenham Studios' it seems that the interior shots may have been filmed nearby in Hammersmith Studios. Much of the film was shot on location, on what appears to be a non-tidal tributary to the Thames, e.g. upstream of Teddington lock perhaps.

I'm no expert on Thames barges but these remarkable vessels were on the one hand seaworthy, yet could also navigate in waters as little as 3ft deep and could also be beached if necessary. The one in the film looks smaller than some others I have seen, and would probably have been crewed by two, so most likely no 'third hand' would have been required. At the time the film was made, Thames sailing barges were in steep decline, and indeed the one in the film looks more than averagely decrepit.

If the plot to this film seems a little old-fashioned for 1937, this is because it was; the film is based on a 1905 play, which had already been made into a silent film (of the same name) in 1914. I saw this film on the 'talking pictures' TV channel and the 'Reknown Pictures' version that was broadcast appears to have remastered in 2015.

For a comedy, this is a bit short on laughs, but Gordon Harker has some amusing verbal affectations and mispronunciations, of a kind that reminds me of those seen much in 'Steptoe and Son' years later.

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