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Evergreen (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1934 (USA)
Harriet Green, a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret: She has a baby daughter, born out of wedlock. Harriet leaves her public and flees to South ... See full summary »


Victor Saville


Benn W. Levy (based on the stage play by), Emlyn Williams (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Jessie Matthews ... Harriet Green
Sonnie Hale ... Leslie Benn
Betty Balfour ... Maudie
Barry MacKay ... Tommy Thompson (as Barry Mackay)
Ivor McLaren Ivor McLaren ... Marquis of Staines (as Ivor Maclaren)
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Treadwell
Patrick Ludlow Patrick Ludlow ... Lord Shropshire
Betty Shale Betty Shale ... Mrs. Hawkes
Marjorie Brooks Marjorie Brooks ... Marjorie Moore
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buddy Bradley Buddy Bradley ... Dancer


Harriet Green, a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret: She has a baby daughter, born out of wedlock. Harriet leaves her public and flees to South Africa to raise her daughter quietly. The years pass, and now her daughter, Harriet Hawkes, returns to London as a young show-biz hopeful. Tommy, a wily publicity man, knowing that young Harriet is a dead ringer for her famous mother, convinces a theater producer to star her in a new revue as none other than the original Harriet Green, miraculously untouched by old age. The ruse works too well: Now the public believes Harriet is a well-preserved 60-year-old and Tommy is her son. The deception is more than merely inconvenient, because now Harriet and Tommy have secretly fallen in love. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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THE NEW WONDER STAR who has everything in the Musical Romance with everything! (original print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 7, 1935) See more »


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Did You Know?


The main character is based upon the music hall star Lottie Collins, who popularized the song "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-de-Ray" and who also had an illegitimate daughter who grew up to be a famous actress, Jose Collins. See more »


The onscreen source of the movie is listed as "Evergreen", but it actually was called "Ever Green". See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Yesterday See more »


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The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Winner
Played during the 1904 sequence in the show
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Dancing on the Ceiling with Jessie Matthews
28 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Yesterday," to avoid scandal involving her illegitimate baby girl, music hall performer Jessie Matthews (as Harriet Green) retires from the stage. "To-Day" her adult daughter, Ms. Matthews (as Harriet Hawkes), is back in London, auditioning as a chorus girl. She meets young show business hopeful Barry Mackay (as Tommy Thompson), who promotes Ms. Matthews as the return of her eternally youthful mother. The British public is delighted with the comeback, but 60-year-old "mother" Matthews falls in love with "son" Mackay and their ruse is threatened by paramours from Mathews' past. Helping out are real-life husband Sonnie Hale (as Leslie Benn), veteran British favorite Betty Balfour (as Maudie), and director Victor Saville.

****** Evergreen (4/34) Victor Saville ~ Jessie Matthews, Barry Mackay, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour

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Release Date:

31 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sempre Viva See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (British Acoustic Full Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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