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Tonight at 8:30 (1952)

Meet Me Tonight (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 6 May 1953 (USA)
An omnibus featuring three Noel Coward tales, long on Coward humor which is to say very little at all, with the first, " The Red Peppers", featuring Kay Walsh, Ted Ray, Martita Hunt, Frank ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Cartwright: Ways and Means
Toby Cartwright: Ways and Means
Jack Warner ...
Murdoch: Ways and Means
Olive Lloyd Ransome: Ways and Means
Michael Trubshawe ...
Professor 'Chaps' Chapsworth: Ways and Means
Mary Jerrold ...
Nanny: Ways and Means
Elena: Ways and Means
Jacques Cey ...
The Fence: Ways and Means
Kay Walsh ...
Ted Ray ...
Frank Pettingell ...
Bill Fraser ...
Toke Townley ...
Stage Manager - Red Peppers
Ian Wilson ...
Call Boy - Red Peppers


An omnibus featuring three Noel Coward tales, long on Coward humor which is to say very little at all, with the first, " The Red Peppers", featuring Kay Walsh, Ted Ray, Martita Hunt, Frank Pettingell and Bill Fraser, about a bickering vaudeville couple who form an alliance when some of theie company start to needle the, and ends up in some non-amusing slapstick. The second episode is "Fumed Oak" (with Stanley Holloway, Betty Ann Davies, Mary Merrall and Dorothy Gordon)is about a squabbling, middle-class family where Holloway has to contend with a ghastly mother-in-law, a selfish wife and a whining, complaining child and, after 17 years, tells each of them off and departs their company; the third segment is "Ways and Means" (with Valerie Hobson, Nigel Patrick, Jack Warner and Jessie Royce Landis) about a pair of parasite who go from city to city as non-paying guests of wealthy acquaintances. A wealthy American widow is trying to quietly kick them out of her French Rivera home, and the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 May 1953 (USA)  »

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I Say, Chaps---I Think It's Rather Brilliant
29 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Different strokes for different folks, I guess! I saw this movie one night on Turner Classics, and thought I'd check out the IMDb write-up. I was surprised to see the negative comments about it, so I have to respond. I couldn't disagree more! It's definitely from another era, the British theatrical tradition of the '30s and '40s when Noel Coward was at his peak. I thought the writing and characterization was totally brilliant in all respects. Three short plays with unique, eccentric British characters involved in totally different slices of life. It's off-the-wall, satirical, cheeky black humor that's always ironic and engaging. All the actors are excellent, and obviously highly experienced veterans of the English stage. Consequently, this is definitely not a Hollywood production, and a lot of people might not appreciate it. But for anyone who appreciates the world of Noel Coward, I think it deserves top ratings.

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