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Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 January 1953 (USA)
In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
Margaret Rutherford ...
Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Claire
Kay Kendall ...
Sandra Beverley
Michael Medwin ...
Jerry Winterton
Olive Sloane ...
Maud Baron
Liam Gaffney ...
Norwood Beverley
Lloyd Lamble ...
Jackson
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Daphne Ray
Charles Lamb ...
George
Constance Lorne ...
Sarah Stebbins
Maggie Hanley ...
Mary (as Margaret Avery)
Stringer Davis ...
Vicar
Joan Hickson ...
Harry's Landlady
John Cazabon ...
Mr Stebbins
Diana Calderwood ...
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In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's directors. The producer doesn't try to hide his annoyance about it, and is further exercised when the authoress herself arrives to help. The cast have to try and sort out real-life problems that keep intruding as they wrestle with the play's dire dialogue. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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31 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Die Premiere findet doch statt  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A gorgeous old fashioned bit of fun
21 November 2002 | by (sydney australia) – See all my reviews

Yes the love interest bit between two of te characters is tacked on. Yes it is rather small and cramped in it's setting. But this picture is great fun.

Margaret Rutherford does what she does best, and watching this film I couldn't help but lament at the current lack of any good female character actors. Women who are over 40 and don't mind showing it.

I loved this film, as much for it's humour, which is as funny today as it was then, as for the gorgeous touch of nostalgia it inspired. Surprising considering i was not even thought of in 1953 and i am not english.

See it it's fun, unoffensive and unashamably silly.


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