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Champagne Charlie (1944)

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


(as Cavalcanti)


(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ...
George Leybourne (Champagne Charlie)
Betty Warren ...
Bessie Bellwood
Dolly (Bessie's Daughter)
Robert Wyndham ...
Duckworth (Chairman of the Mogador)
Harry Fowler ...
Drusilla Wills ...
Bessie's Dresser
Joan Carol ...
Cora (Mogador Barmaid)
Bill Shine ...
Mogador Stage Manager (as Billy Shine)
Guy Middleton ...
Tipsy Swell
Frederick Piper ...
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Gatti (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Paul Bonifas ...
Austin Trevor ...
The Duke
Peter De Greef ...
Lord Petersfield (His Son) (as Peter De Greeff)


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, Jean 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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Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras  »

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Sound Mix:

(as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the year of Grace 1860, two brothers set out from the mining village of Leybourne for London Town . . . . See more »


Champagne Charlie
Music by Alfred Lee
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Music of the era
28 August 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This must be the first time since the nineteenth century that the audience for a show could be heard to leave the building still humming 'Champagne Charlie' :-) (In fact, I did wonder if we were going to get some audience participation at one point -- I was on the verge of it myself -- and am curious as to whether sing-alongs ever happened during the original screenings.) This is a wonderful experience, with Tommy Trinder clearly in his element as music-hall entertainer George Leybourne: his singing voice clearly doesn't equal that of Stanley Holloway, but he can put over the songs so well that you can credit him as a serious competitor... if one can ever describe either of these two as 'serious'! Betty Warren is magnificent in every sense of the word, the very image (and figure) of a Victorian stage star, brimming with coquetry, charisma and sound business sense, and it's a pity that the only number featuring these three together gives her so little to do. A host of minor, unnamed but recurring characters bring the genial, raucous world of the music hall to life, with its flickering stage flares, its haze of smoke and its plentiful supply of drink.

But the true stars of the picture are surely the composers and lyricists who contributed the host of songs that enliven the soundtrack, the new music fitting seamlessly with such genuine period hits as "Champagne Charlie" and "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze". The plot requires the rival stars to cap one another with song after song on the theme of alcohol, every one of which has to be a credible smash hit: with writers like Billy Mayerl and Noel Gay involved, plus the bravura delivery of the two vocalists, the audience both offscreen and on are completely convinced.

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