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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ...
George Leybourne, alias Champagne Charlie
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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 ...
Duckworth
Guy Middleton ...
Patron
Drusilla Wills ...
Bessie's dresser
Frederick Piper ...
Learoyd
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Gatti
Paul Bonifas ...
Targetino
Joan Carol ...
Cora
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Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Hazel Court. See more »

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A Glass of Sherry Wine
Music by Billy Mayerl
Lyrics by Frank Eyton
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Forgotten every song already
28 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joe/George (Tommy Trinder) and the Great Vance (Stanley Holloway) have a Music-Hall rivalry in the ale-houses of Victorian England. When the theatre owners threaten to close down the music-halls, George and Vance come together to fight off the threat.

There is strangely no romance for the lead characters in this story. This is given to Jean Kent as "Dolly" to play out with some complete non-entity. It has relevance to the story but, unfortunately, the story isn't exactly gripping. We are subjected to lots of forgettable songs that all sound the same. The most memorable part of the film is an amusing section about a duel between the two main rivals and it is actually quite funny. Far better than the appalling attempt at making a humorous duel scene that was made by another British film, "Vice Versa", in 1948. "Champagne Charlie" passes the time, reminds us of a time now forgotten, and you will enjoy the film if you like boring sing-a-longs.


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