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Give Us the Moon (1944)

Set just after the end of WWII (but filmed in the middle of it) in a time of general euphoria at having won the war, with full employment and general happiness for all (or nearly all). ... See full summary »

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Nina
Vic Oliver ...
Sascha
Peter Graves ...
Peter Pyke
Roland Culver ...
Ferdinand
Max Bacon ...
Jacobus
Frank Cellier ...
Pyke
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Heidi
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Dumka
Iris Lang ...
Tania
George Relph ...
Otto
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Marcel
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Miss Haddock
Henry Hewitt ...
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Alan Keith ...
Raphael
John Salew
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Set just after the end of WWII (but filmed in the middle of it) in a time of general euphoria at having won the war, with full employment and general happiness for all (or nearly all). Peter, the young wastrel son of a hard working hotel owner doesn't like the idea of having to work for a living. He discovers a society of "White Elephants" who are quite willing to be poor as long as they don't have to work. They are protected and guided by Nina (Margaret Lockwood) and her precocious sister Heidi (Jean Simmons. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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31 July 1944 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: IF ANY CHARACTER IN THIS FILM RESEMBLES ANY CHARACTER, LIVING OR DEAD, THEN THAT CHARACTER HAS NO CHARACTER

Groucho Marx or Someone. See more »

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Two Guitars
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Traditional
Arranged by Bob Busby
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Vic Oliver and Margaret Lockwood Playing Farce
25 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was the latest addition to my Margaret Lockwood collection.What a change to see her playing farce as Nina a beautiful Russian girl whose imagination races into overdrive.She is teamed with Vic Oliver who I can only describe seems to be a cross between an Austrian and Groucho Marx.Fortunately Vic spares us his violin playing in this film!!Nina always jumps to ridiculous assumptions before anyone has had a chance to speak and Vic Oliver is the glib mastermind of a group of layabouts who style themselves "The White Elephants" by their refusal to work.I did not recognise the actor playing Peter Pyke the no good wastrel son of a hotel magnate.

All through it reminded me of a British version of a Marx Brothers comedy although there was not a Margaret Dupont character for Vic to play off but there was the usual gullible hotel staff.I feel sure the producers were heavily influenced by The Brothers' antics when commissioning the screenplay.Yes there was some slapstick but for me apart from ogling Margaret Lockwood, I only found it mildly humorous.Comedy can so age over a period of 60 years.


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