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Looking on the Bright Side (1932)

Gracie and Laurie are lovers who together form a musical act. Gracie sings and Laurie writes the songs, but when Laurie gets a taste of fame, he runs off after a glamorous actress.

Directors:

Graham Cutts, Basil Dean

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Basil Dean (dialogue), Basil Dean (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gracie Fields ... Gracie
Richard Dolman Richard Dolman ... Laurie
Julian Rose Julian Rose ... Oscar Schultz
Wyn Richmond Wyn Richmond ... Miss Joy
Tony De Lungo Tony De Lungo ... Delmonico
Betty Shale Betty Shale ... Hetty Hunt
Viola Compton Viola Compton ... Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bettina Montahners Bettina Montahners ... Bettina
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Gracie and Laurie are lovers who together form a musical act. Gracie sings and Laurie writes the songs, but when Laurie gets a taste of fame, he runs off after a glamorous actress.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1932 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Pecado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented USA telecast took place in Los Angeles Saturday 10 September 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). Since it had never been shown theatrically in USA this presentation also marked its USA premiere. See more »

Soundtracks

I Hate You
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Parr Davies
Performed by Gracie Fields
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Gracie Fields Showcase
9 December 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

In her second film, Gracie Fields stars as a woman who works as a manicurist in the same salon as her boyfriend Laurie (Richard Dolman) who works as a hair dresser. They have apartments across the alley from each other and dream of success. He wants to write songs and she wants to sing.

A snooty showgirl who is a customer (Wyn Richmond) invites Laurie to a party where a theatrical producer (Julian Rose) is intrigued by his songs and by Gracie's singing. He signs Laurie to write some song and showbiz goes to his head. Laurie and Gracie break up.

Gracie gets fired from her manicurist job and is forced to take a job as a policewoman. Laurie bombs as a songwriter and the showgirl dumps him. Gracie eventually gets fired from her copper job and is forced to seek out the producer for a job as a singer. Will she be a success? Will she and Laurie get back together?

Gracie Fields is a dynamo here, singing up a storm and digging into the film's dramatic scenes and comedy. Dolman is OK, but Rose and Richmond are very good. Viola Compton is also very good as the police sergeant.

Fields gets to sing the title song as well as "I Hate You," "After Tonight We Say Goodbye," "You're More Than All the World to Me," and the comic "He's Dead But He Won't Lie Down."

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