MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,372 this week

Champagne Charlie (1944)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  6 August 1948 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 161 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.

Director:

(as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 07 Jun 2011
 
a list of 15 titles
created 08 Jun 2011
 
a list of 349 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 86 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 16 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Champagne Charlie (1944)

Champagne Charlie (1944) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Champagne Charlie.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dead of Night (1945)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Hue and Cry (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler
Elvira Madigan I (1967)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Pia Degermark, Thommy Berggren, Lennart Malmer
High and Dry (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland
Whisky Galore (1949)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Richard Todd, Patricia Plunkett, Stephen Murray
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of a romance between the daughter of the Prince Regent and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Joan Hopkins, Cecil Parker
Lady Scarface (1941)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

Director: Frank Woodruff
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Judith Anderson, Frances E. Neal
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of travellers, all with something to hide in their past, take shelter from a storm in an old inn. The inn-keeper seems a little mysterious...

Directors: Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Tom Walls
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the drought areas of Northeastern of Brazil, groups of migrants move trying to find better place to live, at least with water. Some of them go to Recife, to get a vessel to Santos ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Luiz Andrade, Glauce Bandeira, Fernando Becker
A Real Woman (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Carlos Araújo, Adoniran Barbosa, Inezita Barroso
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Duckworth
Guy Middleton ...
Patron
Drusilla Wills ...
Bessie's dresser
Frederick Piper ...
Learoyd
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Gatti
Paul Bonifas ...
Targetino
Joan Carol ...
Cora
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

music hall | singing | song | nobleman | feud | See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Hazel Court. See more »

Soundtracks

Song Without Words
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A marvelous re-creation of mid-Victorian music halls, with two great entertainers, Tommy Trinder and Stanley Holloway
15 February 2008 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Nostalgia is everything it's cracked up to be in Champagne Charlie, a valentine from Ealing Studios and Alberto Cavalcanti to English music halls. Ostensibly, it's the story of George Leybourne (Tommy Trinder) and his rivalry with Alfred Vance, the Great Vance (Stanley Holloway), in the music halls of mid-Victorian England. The music halls hadn't yet become the more respectable theaters of England, from which they lasted in full glory until television appeared. In the 1860s they usually were big ale houses, unsophisticated drinking and singing establishments for the working man and his lady. In this movie's view, they were often rambunctious, loud, jolly and great fun, where the swells often showed up to see the latest entertainment, which included young dancers, and everyone joined in the songs. There's a smattering of a plot beyond the rivalry (which includes a ludicrous duel at one point between the equally nervous Leybourne and Vance) involving attempts to close the music halls down and a romance between a duke's son and the daughter of Bessie Bellwood (Betty Warren), a music hall owner and singer who employs Leybourne.

The interest is in the the story of Leybourne, who becomes Champagne Charlie. He's played with enthusiasm and great cheer by Tommy Trinder, who was a hugely popular stage and later radio entertainer in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties. Trinder was a tall Cockney with a long face, round eyes, a lot of teeth and personality to spare. The first 50 minutes of the movie, in fact, is largely Trinder and Holloway performing song after song in the gas-lit music halls, always strutting their best stuff as they try to out-perform each other with drinking songs and stage power. It's a grand show, with the ale flowing, the smoky atmosphere, crowds of warm bodies having a great time...it's good cheer all around even with the plot. Hearing and seeing Trinder prance about performing Champagne Charlie; Hit Him on the Boko; Ale Old Ale; Burgundy, Claret and Port; I'm One of the Brandy and Seltzer Boys; and Everything Will Be Lovely...or hearing and seeing Holloway sell Strolling in the Park; I Do Like a Little Drop of Gin; Rum, Rum, Rum; A Glass of Sherry Wine; and Hunting After Dark...is to wish you were back there, too, downing a pint and singing with them.

If it had been possible in war-time Britain for this movie to have been made in Technicolor, Champagne Charlie would not be the forgotten museum piece it has become. The settings in the music halls cry out for lush color. For those who love English music halls, try Lost Empires. It's a multi-part TV miniseries from 1986 based on the novel by J. B. Priestly. It tells the story of Richard Herndon, played by Colin Firth, who joins his uncle for a year of touring on the Empire music hall circuit before WWI starts. Lawrence Olivier in his next to last theatrical appearance plays an aging song-and-dance man long past his prime. Lost Empires is a fine drama which expertly recreates the atmosphere and the acts.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Champagne Charlie (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?