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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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Stella Cartwright: Ways and Means
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Toby Cartwright: Ways and Means
Jack Warner ...
Murdoch: Ways and Means
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Olive Lloyd Ransome: Ways and Means
Michael Trubshawe ...
Professor 'Chaps' Chapsworth: Ways and Means
Mary Jerrold ...
Nanny: Ways and Means
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Elena: Ways and Means
Jacques Cey ...
The Fence: Ways and Means
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Frank Pettingell ...
Bill Fraser ...
Toke Townley ...
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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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Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?
Written by Noël Coward
Sung by Ted Ray and Kay Walsh
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There are no words to describe how disappointed I am
1 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Noel Coward, so I was excited to see "Meet Me Tonight," a 1952 film, based on the play, comprising three separate stories and including some excellent actors: Valerie Hobson, Stanley Holloway, Nigel Patrick, Jessie Royce Landis, and others.

Unfortunately, the stories were filled with unpleasant characters and a lot of yelling and insults. The second one especially was a real downer.

The first story, about two lousy music hall performers (Kay Walsh and Ted Ray), didn't rely on us just taking Coward's word for it that they were bad - we saw every number. Intolerable.

The last story should have worked, but it doesn't, mostly due to the annoying performance of Jessie Royce Landis.

Not particularly well directed, in some cases not particularly well acted, and loathe as I am to say it, not particularly well written. It was nice to see the lovely Valerie Hobson, though. And for that, "Meet Me Tonight" gets a 6.


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