DVD Review: 'Dance Hall' (rerelease)

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ Following the recent retrospective Ealing: Light and Dark at the BFI, which reintroduced cinemagoers to the lesser known body of work of the distinctly British studio, StudioCanal continue the task of dusting off and digitally remastering said underlings, giving them their first lease of life on DVD. The latest, Dance Hall (1950) - one of Ealing's most overlooked productions - is an early, somewhat lightweight venture for director Charles Crichton before his more celebrated and refined works such as The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), but offers as much insight into the inner workings of post-war frugality as its more distinguished peers.

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