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 »
Jessie Mathews is simply adorable in this delightful 1930s English B&W musical. Poor little Thames River barge girl dreams of fame and fortune on the London stage only to give it all up for true love... and a schooner. In addition to a lovely singing voice and exuberant tomboy personality, Jessie was an exceptionally gifted dancer. Paired perfectly with the American singer/dancer Jack Whiting, the couple do a number of eccentric syncopated numbers rather in the style of Fred and Ginger. There is a very British take on a wise-cracking and vulgar American press-agent, aptly named "Windy," wonderfully played by Noel Madison, the son of the great Yiddish actor Maurice Moscovitch. (Mr. Jaeckel, the barber's friend, in Chaplin's "The Great Dictator.") The film was written and directed by her husband and produced in lavish style at Pinewood Studios by England's David Selznick, Michael Balcon, who would go on to produce the famous Ealing Studios comedies.
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