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If you ever heard the comedy "Round the Horne" on radio in the mid 1960s on the BBC light programme, a couple called Dame Celia Molestrangler & Binky Huckerback (played by Betty Marsden and Hugh Latimer) were often comically featured parodying old fashioned actors/actresses.I thought that "A Song for Tomorrow" (1948) was just the sort of hammy acting style the comic scriptwriters had in mind when penning the script for this radio comedy.This film obviously had serious pretencions for high serious musical opera but an editor should have been let loose in the cutting room to snip out the overly long singing sequences to give some relief to those members of the audience bored by classical music of "Samson & Delilah" type high opera.The downside with all this singing was that for an 80 min.film less time was devoted to the dialogue fleshing out the main characters, plot and motivation.In fact I fell asleep in the armchair and I do like classical music but it was top heavy in this film.
I noticed in the IMDb.com full cast list that Evelyn Maccabe who played Helen Maxwell was not given any credit and she was the female lead!!She had a pleasant enough contralto voice in the afore mentioned Verde opera.Other character actors I spotted were a young Christopher Lee playing Auguste, the ubiquitous Sam Kydd playing the sergeant, and James Hayter as Nicholas Klausman who played Helen's singing coach putting on a phony German type accent.The finely chiselled facial features of Shaun Noble as Derek Wardell, the amnesiac from WWII certainly could not act and to my knowledge I am not aware of any other film he made.Presumably his piano/organ playing was dubbed on by the producer a common trick in the film world with actors who have no musical ability.The one actor I immediately spotted was Ralph Michael as Dr.Roger Stanton who in my book played the professional gambler in the classic 1958 film "A Night to Remember".This character tries to get Derek Wardell over his amnesia by a combination of surgery and hearing Helen singing.
I struggled to the end but could only rate it average with 5/10.
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