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Champagne Charlie (1944)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  6 August 1948 (USA)
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The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ...
George Leybourne, alias Champagne Charlie
The Great Vance
Betty Warren ...
Bessie Bellwood
Jean Kent ...
Dolly Bellwood
Austin Trevor ...
The Duke
Peter De Greef ...
Lord Petersfield, son of the Duke
Leslie Clarke ...
Fred Saunders
Eddie Phillips ...
Tom Sayers
Robert Wyndham ...
Guy Middleton ...
Drusilla Wills ...
Bessie's dresser
Frederick Piper ...
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Paul Bonifas ...
Joan Carol ...


With London of the 1860s and the gas-lit music halls providing the locale, most of the first half of the film is taken up with either Tommy Trinder or Stanley Holloway singing songs. The plot concerns a feud between two music halls and, then, their joint efforts to keep from being closed by municipal authorities. Supporting the two singing stars are Betty Warren, owner of one of the music halls; her daughter, June Kent, who is in love with a nobleman, and Harry Fowler as a backstage assistant. Written by Les Adams <>

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music hall | singing | 1860s | song | nobleman | See more »


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Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Champagne Charlie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Good Old Days
21 March 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There's a lot of Victorian music hall songs in this film about a man who travels from Leybourne in the north down to London to help his brother get a job in a boxing ring. After he sings a song in a bar ("an 'alf of 'alf an' 'alf"), he is taken on as a singer and later gets a job in a music hall, which is a dinner theatre, not like on "The Good Old Days". A parliamentary enquiry aims to shut down music halls for intemperate behaviour. Stanley Holloway is "The Great Vance", a rival in another music hall. Songs include "Don't bring shame on the old folks", the risqué "Come On Algernon", "'it 'im on the boko", "Strolling in the park" , then a series of drink related songs (which all sound very similar) - "Ale, old ale", "I like a drop of gin", "Burgundy, claret and port", "Yo ho ho rum", "The brandy and seltzer boys", "A glass of sherry wine", and the title "Champagne Charlie". Then "The daring young man on the flying trapeeze", and the risqué "Hunting after dark", and "By and by".

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