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Cheer Up (1936)

A couple of out of work songwriters try to persuade a wealthy stockbroker to back them. But he turns out to be broke as they are. A series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and ... See full summary »

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... Tom Denham
... Sally Gray
Roddy Hughes ... Dick Dirk
Wyn Weaver ... Mr. Carter
Marjorie Chard ... Mrs. Carter
Ernest Sefton ... Tom Page
Gerald Barry ... John Harman
Kenneth Kove ... Wilfrid Harman
Doris Rogers ... Mrs. Pearce
Arthur Rigby ... Bill Rachett (as Arthur Rigby Jr.)
Syd Crossley ... Café Proprietor
Arty Ash ... Head Porter
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A couple of out of work songwriters try to persuade a wealthy stockbroker to back them. But he turns out to be broke as they are. A series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and general confusion as our heroes attempt to make a living as songwriters in 1930s Britain. Well paced acting with some quite amusing lines, together with some reasonably good song and dance make this amusing Ealing Studio production worth a viewing.

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1 June 1936 (UK)  »

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There's a Star in the Sky
Music by Billy Mayerl
Lyrics by Frank Eyton
Performed by Sally Gray
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Not entertaining, and didn't cheer me up…
22 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

This dismal, unfunny British musical "comedy" did not manage to cheer me up in the slightest.

In fact, when I started watching it, I was in a much better frame of mind than when it ended. None of the so-called comedy, forced as it was, even elicited a smile from me.

The plot was totally cheerless – about show people who, down on their luck, did just about any ducking and diving that they could think of to avoid paying for rent, meals or anything else – attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to cheat others out of their money.

The film may have ended slightly better, by which time their fortunes were turned around, could have attempted to remunerate all those from whom they had cheated. At least that would have left me with a better taste in my mouth.

The acting, singing, dancing and choreography were third rate. I am not familiar with any of the untalented film cast, and when Sally Gray, who - I read in her biography - was to become famous later, ever thought of this film, she would most decidedly have cringed with embarrassment.

I can think of no reason whatsoever to recommend it.

It'd be better to search for "This'll Make You Whistle", with Jack Buchanan and Elsie Randolph, which was released in the same year, and would really cheer anyone up.


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