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London Town (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 22 July 1953 (USA)
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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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Sigfried Herzig) | 2 more credits »
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Sid Field ...
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Peggy Sanford
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Patsy
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Charlie de Haven
Claude Hulbert ...
Belgrave, Charlie's dresser
Mary Clare ...
Mrs. Gates
Tessie O'Shea ...
Herself
Jerry Desmonde ...
George
Beryl Davis ...
Paula
Scotty McHarg ...
Bill (as 'Scotty' McHarg)
W.G. Fay ...
Mike
Reginald Purdell ...
Stage Manager
Alfie Dean ...
Heckler
Charles Paton ...
Novelty Shopkeeper
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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 in order to get him back into the spotlight. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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22 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Heart Goes Crazy  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was Britain's first major Technicolor musical and also became the most notorious critical and box-office flop of the postwar British cinema and the largest bomb ever for its production company, the famed J. Arthur Rank Organisation. See more »

Quotes

Belgrave: [to Peggy] God help the male population when you grow up!
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Soundtracks

You Can't Keep a Good Dreamer Down
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Sid Field
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Better than reputation
16 August 2016 | by (Rochester) – See all my reviews

Now that the full film is finally available on DVD, complete with the deleted scenes restored in the right order, the film is no longer to be seen as such a turkey. It lost money, embarrassed it's backer's, affected careers, and was badly directed by Wesley Ruggles, brought in at Sid Fields request. It still suffers from a missing laughter track in some sketches, and due to his sudden demise, few know Sid Fields huge reputation as a top comic. Rank tore the film apart in efforts to get it through the US censor system, added the cost of the rebuild of Shepperton to the bills, and restricted the distribution to the UK at first. The film is not bad, just disjointed in places, with a poor story line, but the musical numbers work fine. Sid Fields routines are flat because there is no audience roaring with mirth at his every prat fall and joke. The 1980's issue made things worst, with numbers chopped and altered in order, making it a mess from start to finish. But now restored, even the joke apology ending, and re-ordered, it works as a fine nostalgic look at a 1940's review show, in excellent colour, and now very pristine look. Kay Kendal said it ruined her career, yes, but because it stalled at the US box office, not because it was bad, after all it did good business in the UK when new. She had been slated for stardom before the film, and lots of publicity was given , that backfired when they could not sell it to the US distributors, leaving her career in limbo.


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