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Curtain Up (1952)

 -  Comedy  -  31 January 1953 (USA)
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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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Amiable theatrical comedy
28 June 2000 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

Slight romantic comedy about the dress rehearsal of a fairly dire amateur play, interspersed with the complicated love lives of members of the cast. An inconsequential piece of froth, but watchable for splendid performances from Margaret Rutherford as the playwright and Robert Morley as the producer who tries to bring his version of dramatic sense into Rutherford's incomprehensible and unactable plot. When Morley falls into the pit and is injured, Rutherford takes over. All ably supported by a reliable cast of regulars from British movies. It has to be said though that it's all a bit stagey (for a movie) and Rattigan did it better


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