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Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 5 September 1930 (USA)
Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister.

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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

David Belasco (a musical version of the stage play by), Egerton Castle (and the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudia Dell ... Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Ernest Torrence ... Sir Jasper Standish
Walter Pidgeon ... Lord Varney
Perry Askam Perry Askam ... Capt. O'Hara
June Collyer ... Julia
Lionel Belmore ... Colonel Villiers
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Capt. Spicer
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Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1930 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A B&W nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives and is not listed for Preservation. See more »

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Colonel Villiers: A wench for our amusement!
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Opening Card: Merrie Olde England in the year 1793 -- the road that runs from London Town to the City of Bath. See more »


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Highwayman Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter O'Keefe and Robert Emmett Dolan (as Bobby Dolan)
Performed by Perry Askam; reprised by Claudia Dell
reprised twice by Perry Askam
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Charming Bit of Froth
27 May 2008 | by drednmSee all my reviews

A musical mix-up of identities, duels, and love, SWEET KITTY BELLAIRS takes place in the English city of Bath in 1793. The plot involves jealous lovers, intrigues, a highwayman, and masks as Kitty (Claudia Dell) tries to unscramble a few mysteries and win a shy lord (Walter Pidgeon). Amazingly this fluff comes from hard-boiled Warner Brothers.

Not a bad film at all, this one simply got lost in the glut of musicals in the early talkie period. Originally shot in Technicolor, this film survives only in B&W and was one of many "operettas" to get released after the success of RIO RITA.

Dell is very pretty but has only a so-so singing voice. Pidgeon seems oddly cast but handles the songs well. Ernest Torrence is a surprise as the blustering husband. June Collyer plays Julia. Flora Finch plays the old gossip. Lionel Belmore, Tom Ricketts, and Arthur Edmund Carewe also co-star.

A highlight is the ribald song "Peggy's Leg."


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