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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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W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
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Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Claire
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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 ...
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Joan Hickson ...
Harry's Landlady
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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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Die Premiere findet doch statt  »

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Tedious farce, this movie WON'T get a curtain call
12 August 2005 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

CURTAIN UP is a routine British comedy which fails to raise anything more than the slightest titter. I dread to think what the movie would be like without the considerable talents of Margaret Rutherford and Robert Morley in the leading roles, and even with them it's pretty dire 'entertainment'. The plot quickly becomes tiresome, a weekly repertory company is rehearsing a dreadfully written play, "Tarnished Gold". The producer, played with gusto by Robert Morley, quickly falls out with the play's authoress, the marvellously eccentric Margaret Rutherford, and after the first rehearsal he rips out 27 pages of the 30 page script. Adding to the 'fun' are the problems, tantrums and behind-the-scenes squabbles of the play's cast, which seriously hinder the rehearsals (and also the film). One of England's greatest post war character actors, Sam Kydd, makes a fleeting appearance at the finale, as an ambulance man. The only genuinely funny moment in 80 minutes is Morley's facial expression when Margaret Rutherford turns up and says "I've come to sit at your feet while my child is being born!"


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