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Let's Be Famous (1939)

An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the radio. Due to a mix up he is instead entered as a contestant on a quiz show. He causes mayhem in the studio and the publicity ... See full summary »

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(original screen play) (as Roger Macdougall), (original screen play) (as Allan Mackinnon)
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Jimmy O'Dea ...
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Betty
Sonnie Hale ...
Finch
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John Blake
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Watson
Milton Rosmer ...
Albert Pinbright
Lena Brown ...
Polly Pinbright
Henry Hallett ...
Grenville
Garry Marsh ...
Walton
Franklyn Bellamy ...
Ali Benali (as Franklin Bellamy)
Hay Plumb ...
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Alf Goddard ...
Battling Bulger
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An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the radio. Due to a mix up he is instead entered as a contestant on a quiz show. He causes mayhem in the studio and the publicity attracts the attention of an agent who thinks he can help. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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FOR GENERAL EXHIBITION (original Australian poster - all caps) See more »

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3 July 1939 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in The Betty Driver Story (2011) See more »

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The Messengers of Peace
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
Sung at the choir practice
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Hedging their bets
6 April 2016 | by (london) – See all my reviews

It looks as if Ealing Studios were hedging their bets when making this comedy musical.They have Betty Driver,very good,from the North,Donnie Hale,OK,for the south and Jimmy O Sea,awful,for Ireland.So the film is very variable.When Driver is on screen the film gets a lift,she is a good singer.However the film comes to a total standstill.The trouble is that he thinks he is funny but he is not.The film is a spoof on commercial radio which had made inroads into the audience of the BBC who were considered rather highbrow.The songs are by Noel Gay,and whilst very catchy are not classics.Basil Radford is also featured as a chimeric station manager who is always sacking Donnie Hale for some reason or other.Not a memorable Ealing film but entertaining nonetheless.


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