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Smiling Along (1938)

Keep Smiling (original title)
Entertainer quits a crooked London theater and sets up her troupe on her uncle's farm. A famous musician joins the group and helps them get a legitimate booking.

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Gracie Fields ...
Gracie Gray
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Bert Wattle
Mary Maguire ...
Avis Maguire
Peter Coke ...
Rene Sigani
Jack Donohue ...
Denis Wilson
Hay Petrie ...
Jack
Mike Johnson ...
Charlie
Eddie Gray ...
Silvo (as 'Monsewer' Eddie Gray)
Tommy Fields ...
The Three Bolas
Gladys Dehl ...
The Three Bolas
Nino Rossini ...
The Three Bolas
Edward Rigby ...
Silas Gray
Joe Mott ...
Bill Sneed
Philip Leaver ...
Reginald De Courcy
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A troupe of traveling entertainers, discovering that their manager, Bill Sneed, is swindling them, form their own company, headed by Gracie Gary. Offered a season's concession at Brightbourne, they are unable to accept because they haven't the necessary deposit. A stray wire-haired terrier wanders in and Gracie collects a reward from its owner, Rene Sigani, world-famous pianist. She uses the money to buy an old bus and the troupe sets out to tour the countryside. Sigani, who has fallen in love with a dancer in the troupe, Avis, goes with them. They raise the deposit money needed playing one-night stands, but arrive at Brightbourne and find Sneed ahead of them. Sigani decides to play with the troupe, thereby ensuring its success. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Binn's Twins
Written by J.P. Long, Jimmy Harper and William Haines (as Will Haines)
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Too Similar Too The Good Companions
26 April 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film almost appears to be a copy of the good Companions.Gracie is part of a group of entertainers who break away from the crooked company manager.At first their luck is bad.this changes when she befriends the lost dog of a famous pianist.She gets a reward of £100 from him,she launches the company on a tour and the pianist falls in love with the ingénue of the company.However their crooked ex boss tries to sabotage the company but Gracie and friend s win out and she marries Roger Livesey.There are so many elements of the good Companions present in this film. The production is not as good as Ealings.It was filmed at Pinewood and so many of the exteriors are too obviously staged on a sound stage. there are some good numbers,more than at Ealing. there is a very good supporting cast including Monsewer Eddie Gray of the Crazy Gang,looking almost unrecognisably young. For some reason this film has not ,so far as i am aware been shown on English TV,and has not been released on video.Difficult to understand why.


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