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The Last Curtain (1937)

The director of a local theatre secretly fences stolen goods for a gang of jewel thieves.

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Campbell Gullan ...
Sir Alan Masterville
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Julie Rendle
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Joe Garsatti (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Molly
John Wickham ...
Bob Fenton
W.G. Fay ...
Milligan
Joss Ambler ...
Ellis
Eric Hales ...
Barrington
Evan John ...
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Hemp
Jack Vyvyan ...
Frank (as J. Vyvyan)
Arthur Sinclair ...
Purcell (as A. Sinclair)
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The director of a local theatre secretly fences stolen goods for a gang of jewel thieves.

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31 January 1938 (UK)  »

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This film received its USA television premiere Sunday 22 May 1949 on KFI (Channel 9); in New York City it was first telecast Friday 16 September 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Milligan: I looked that innocent I might have been a martyred saint.
[cries in pain]
Molly: The way you're looking now I suppose! What's the matter with?
Milligan: It's my dyspepsia again.
Molly: Well, stop eating those cakes!
Milligan: Well, when I see them, I want them. And if I don't eat them I'm empty. And if I'm empty I get my dyspepsia. So I might as well eat them all the same.
[cries in pain again]
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Involved thriller with plenty going on
3 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE LAST CURTAIN is a British quota thriller that was shot at Pinewood Studios, so it has a better standing (and budget) than rival films shot at Twickenham. It has a more complex plot than the regular quota quickies of the era and a greater cast of characters, most of whom seem to be working against each other.

The film has two central locations that happen to be in buildings opposite each other on the street. The first is a patisserie that acts as a front for a criminal gang of jewellery robbers. The second is a theatre presided over by an incredibly pompous actor who just so happens to be a fence for the criminals. Into this setting comes two newcomers, a man fresh from prison looking for a new start, and a young actress from the provinces with dreams of stardom.

What I liked about THE LAST CURTAIN is that it remains difficult to predict what will happen throughout. Each character seems to be scheming and there's a genuinely dangerous undercurrent to the proceedings which makes it pretty suspenseful. Campbell Gullan's pompous theatre star is a send up of a type and incredibly funny with it. John Wickham and Greta Gynt are fine as the young lovebirds and it's fair to say they have their fair share of trials and tribulations as the narrative progresses. The main bad guy is played by hard-working Canadian actor Kenne Duncan who made literally hundreds of B-movies, mostly westerns, over a long career. Mervyn Johns has a minor role. THE LAST CURTAIN is never less than watchable and passes the time merrily enough.


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