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Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players. Written by
What a strange film! Some quite witty dialogue between Armstrong and the very pretty Irene Hervey, who plays the 10 cents a dance hostess. I found the "Swingland" scenes fascinating. And plenty for the G and S fan by way of set pieces. Robert Armstrong is quite convincing as the ripped-off punter intent on retrieving his cash from the girl who's relieved him of his money. It's hard to see who this film is aimed at. Fans of stock crime or romance films would be (possibly) annoyed at the amount of G and S, while operetta fans may not like the rather silly, contrived plot. I'm not sure if the phrase "genre busting" had been coined at that time (I suspect not!) but I feel this film falls into this category. All in all, this film kept me watching. A must for any G and S completist!
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