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London Town (1946)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  22 July 1953 (USA)
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An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Field ...
Greta Gynt ...
Mrs. Eve Barry
Peggy Sanford
Kay Kendall ...
Sonnie Hale ...
Charlie de Haven
Claude Hulbert ...
Belgrave, Charlie's dresser
Mary Clare ...
Tessie O'Shea ...
Jerry Desmonde ...
Beryl Davis ...
Scotty McHarg ...
W.G. Fay ...
Reginald Purdell ...
Stage Manager
Alfie Dean ...
Charles Paton ...
Novelty Shopkeeper


An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star in order to get him back into the spotlight. Written by Alessandro Martini <>

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Release Date:

22 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Heart Goes Crazy  »

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1.37 : 1
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Although Universal International's projected U.S. distribution of the film was canceled, the labels of two 78-rpm commercial recordings bore this notation: "From the Universal International Picture 'My Heart Goes Crazy'" -- the Decca single, which featured Bing Crosby, accompanied by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra, performing "So Would I" on the A side and "My Heart Goes Crazy" on the flip side (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke); and the Capitol release of "So Would I," sung by Matt Dennis, with backing by Paul Weston and His Orchestra. The Majestic 78 of "So Would I," featuring Georgia Gibbs with Earle Hagen's Orchestra, carried a label informing: "From the Picture 'My Heart Goes Crazy'" -- without reference to the film studio. In addition, two Columbia 78s were inscribed more simply with this note: "From "'My Heart Goes Crazy'" -- The Modernaires, assisted by Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra, harmonizing on "My Heart Goes Crazy"; plus a waxing of "So Would I" from Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra, with the vocal by Buddy Hughes. Only RCA Victor had it right. For the single by Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra, the label read on both sides, "From the Wesley Ruggles Production 'London Town'" -- this disc containing "So Would I" on side A, with vocalizing by Jimmy Saunders and The Stardreamers, and on Side B, The Stardreamers' harmony on "My Heart Goes Crazy." See more »


Belgrave: [to Peggy] God help the male population when you grow up!
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Daffodil Hill Ballet Music
Conducted and Arranged by Camarata
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I still don't know what the Amsted Way is
9 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Petula Clark stars as a young girl in this confused (post-modernist ?) musical, with a whole cast of down-on-their-luck stars producing a variety of songs on some very expensive sets that don't seem to _quite_ make sense.

There is evidence of much cutting, particularly in the 'gay' scene (well that's what it looked like to me) which cuts out and runs out of true, but also with the fact that the story is often incoherent and introduces unexplained new elements (such as 'The Amsted Way' ??).

The comedy act at the end is terrible, and the lead is as well.

Wildly expensively made in Technicolour, perhaps as an experiment ? (Maybe that's why J. Arthur kept in black & white for so long).

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