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Sailing Along (1938)

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Kay, who works on a Thames River barge, and Steve are secretly in love with each other but do their best to hide it. Kay wants desperately to be a music-hall star and Steve wants to be a ... See full summary »

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Jessie Matthews ...
Kay Martin
Barry MacKay ...
Steve Barnes
Jack Whiting ...
Dicky Randall
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Anthony Gulliver
Noel Madison ...
Windy
Frank Pettingell ...
Skipper Barnes
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Sylvester
Athene Seyler ...
Victoria Gulliver
Margaret Vyner ...
Stephanie
William Dewhurst ...
Winton
Peggy Novak ...
Jill
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Kay, who works on a Thames River barge, and Steve are secretly in love with each other but do their best to hide it. Kay wants desperately to be a music-hall star and Steve wants to be a player in the world of high finance. An eccentric millionaire decides to do what he can to see that they achieve their dreams. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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15 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Con l'amore non si scherza  »

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Of Jessie Matthews in this film: Roger Phillip Mellor, in the Encyclopedia of British Cinema, notes " ...the image of her in Sailing Along (d. Hale, 1938), in a white evening gown, with a gentleman's black top hat and walking cane, performing 'Souvenir of Love' in Lime Grove's art deco luxury sets, indelibly incarnates 1930s style." See more »

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Trusting My Luck
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Jessie Matthews on the barge and at the audition
Also played at the nightclub as dance music
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Jessie knocks them dead on Drury Lane
31 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sailing Along casts Jessie Matthews as a girl brought up on a Thames River barge by Frank Pettingell. His natural son Barry MacKay thinks of Jessie as a sister, but that's starting to change.

Her natural musical talent is discovered by millionaire Roland Young who gets her started on a musical career. He also helps MacKay indirectly get the schooner he's always wanted.

But as for getting Jessie, there's the matter of visiting American musical comedy star Jack Whiting who's putting the moves on Jessie, seeing her as a stage and maybe a life partner. But then again Whiting's gone through a few of each variety.

The film is a great showcase for the singing and dancing talents of Jessie Matthews. It was the dream of many on both sides of the pond to pair her with Fred Astaire. Unfortunately that deal never was made for a variety of reasons.

Jack Whiting made very few films, but he was a popular leading man on Broadway and this film is a rare chance to see his style and talent. He was also married to the former wife of Douglas Fairbanks and consequently the stepfather of Doug, Jr.

I probably would have liked this film a lot better had the ending not been so ridiculous. You'll have to see Sailing Along to find out what I mean.


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