A run-away school-girl falls among chorus girls planning to marry into the nobility.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Robey ...
Horace Blount
Hugh Sinclair ...
Earl of Pangborough
Naunton Wayne ...
Hugo Smythe
Moore Marriott ...
Bretherton Hythe
Mary Clare ...
Mrs. Wallis
David Burns ...
Joe Gold
Kathleen Harrison ...
Drusilla Wills ...
Miss Polkinghome
Wilson Coleman ...
Mr. Joliffe
Aunt Primrose
Frederick Burtwell ...
Muriel Aked ...
Mme. Dupont, headmistress


A girl runs away from her Swiss finishing-school to go on the stage under a false name just as a rich young rubber-planter returns to England to inherit a title... with her fellow lodgers and chorus-girls both determined to get their hooks into him. The honours are about even as Gloria and Clytie fight it out for the Earl's attentions, until the whole chorus line is unexpectedly invited to spend the weekend at the Pangborough mansion, along with their producer Joe Gold and the wallet-lifting Hugo... and the *real* Leslie James makes an appearance... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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25 September 1939 (UK)  »

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A Girl Has to Live  »

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9 August 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The main pleasure of this film is its snappy script (I suspect it would take several viewings to catch all the quickfire barbs that the girls fling at each other). The singing and dancing isn't up to much -- this isn't supposed to be West End stuff, but the cast of a distinctly second-rate outfit, Joe Gold's Golden Girls -- but the cattiness on display is top-notch.

The plot centres around three girls, the Nice One, the Exotic One and the Common One, all out to hook the same man; the outcome is, of course, no surprise. There is also a subplot concerning a kleptomaniac con-man and his various schemes, plus an array of 'types' on display, from the wealthy northern industrialist (or in this case, fur-merchant) to the superannuated Shakespearian actor, the tippling butler, the sound-effects lady from the BBC (she first starred as "the scream in 'East Lynne'"), and the sex-mad chorus line. With hindsight, the plot is pretty slender (we never do learn anything much about who the runaway heroine really is) and the ending a bit flat, but the fun to be had is in trying to follow the dialogue and catch all the assorted insults and innuendoes.

Nothing very special, but worth a look or a recommendation to a friend for an undemanding night's entertainment. There's no depth to speak of below the quick-moving surface, but the quips run fast and furious and the girls are as hardboiled as they come.

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