A young dancer trying to make it in London during World War II discovers that people like her singing voice, too. Although she's at first reluctant to sing, she finally does and becomes a ... See full summary »
If Rhythm Serenade disappointed, Miss Lynn's third and final on-screen movie offering, One Exciting Night (1944) should have given her flagging film career a much needed boost. Abandoning the all-hands-to-the-wheel flavoring of her first two films, One Exciting Night (as the title implies) is a crime comedy/drama produced on a grand scale and niftily directed by Walter Forde who keeps the moving skidding along (except for a slightly draggy sequence with boring Richard Murdoch's m.c.). True, the twists and turns of the saboteurs-at-large plot are interrupted by six songs, but two or three of them are really great. I particularly enjoyed "It's Like Old Times", a really catchy number by Dave Franklin which director Forde stages in a very attractive manner. "You Can't Do Without Love" (which was used as the movie's USA release title) and "It's Easy To Say Good Morning" were also most agreeable. Thanks to Otto Heller's radiant photography, Miss Lynn looks gorgeous. She's given top-notch support by Donald Stewart (in a very clever dual role) whose movie career, alas, never amounted to much, despite his charismatic performance in this one. Frederick Leister comes over strongly as the villain, while Cyril Smith almost walks away with the movie as his pickpocket accomplice. All in all, a most entertaining film and one for the permanent collection, thanks to an excellent Sony DVD. (This review is an extract from my book, "British Movie Entertainments on VHS and DVD").
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