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First a Girl (1935)

Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Saville

Writer:

Marjorie Gaffney (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jessie Matthews ... Elizabeth
Sonnie Hale ... Victor
Anna Lee ... Princess
Griffith Jones ... Robert
Alfred Drayton Alfred Drayton ... Mc Lintock
Constance Godridge Constance Godridge ... Beryl
Eddie Gray Eddie Gray ... Goose Trainer
Martita Hunt ... Seraphina
Donald Stewart Donald Stewart ... Singer
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Storyline

Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean actor and another audition victim. When Victor quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number he unfortunately finds himself voiceless. Why wouldn't Elizabeth replace him in it? His new friend hesitates but finally makes her debut as ... a man posing as a woman! She is noticed by McLintock, an influential talent agent who hires Mr. Victoria (Elizabeth's stage name) and launches his/her brilliant international career. One day, Robert, a handsome young man engaged to Princess Mironoff, makes friends with this young man posing as a woman posing as a man ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mulher Antes de Tudo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Sound Full-Range Recording System: at Shepherd's Bush London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The long scarf worn prominently by Sonnie Hale during the early scenes had been knitted for him by Jessie Matthews on the set of her previous film, Evergreen (1934). See more »

Goofs

Victor and Elizabeth are drying off. When Victor begins to lose his voice, he is holding a wig in a box in his right hand and puts his left hand towards his own throat. In the next shot, made out to be in real time, his right hand is immediately where his left hand was; what's more - it is without the wig in a box. See more »

Quotes

Victor: I've been father, mother, sister and brother to that girl - and nothing more.
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Connections

Featured in Forty Minutes: Catch a Fallen Star (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

O Gentle Aphrodite
(uncredited)
Music by Bretton Byrd
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Britain's Victor Victoria
21 July 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

Filmed in 1935, "First a Girl" was Britain's entry in the Victor/Victoria sweepstakes which Blake Edwards would win years later. In this version, it's Jessie Matthews who plays a girl disguised as a boy disguised as a girl who lands a music hall gig and confuses everyone in sight. A spunky, doe-eyed gamin with a winning personality, she's ably assisted by her then-husband Sonnie Hale as a Shakesepearian ham reduced to doing a drag act. Along the way, she sings, dances, gets comically drunk and glides through several Busby Brekleyesque song-and-dance numbers. "First a Girl" doesn't have the style or wit that Edwards brought to "Victor Victoria." But it's far more than a museum piece and well worth watching in its own right.


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