Cockney flower girl and London copper with thick Yorkshire accent fall in love while her dodgy dad and his dubious friends fall into trouble. Everything comes to a head with the theft of GBP 20, then and now a gargantuan amount to many people including myself. In case you worry all's well in the end after lots of singing and dancing: it opens with One Way Street – an unintentionally poignant British take on 42nd St and finishes with a reprise of Have You Ever Had The Feeling You're Flying – looking at all the floating balloons did they hope to film the finale in colour? In between all this PC Clod gives a nod and a plod to Forgotten Man with The Song Of The Law. Over the years many people thought the Cockney Holloway was indeed a Northerner on the back of his success with The Lion And Albert and many other dotty monologues. What an indisputably mind-bogglingly wonderful film this would have been if only he could have sung With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm in the Tower Of London scene! Balfour was allegedly 32 years old but her whole demeanour was of a staidly middle-aged firework. Fairly pointless filling bits were given to Hagen's stock toff actors Michael Shepley and O. B. Clarence.
I've seen it a few times now since first running across the excellent print on UK Channel 4 in 1992 so I must like it for what it is, a jolly and inconsequential piece of nonsense. Still hoping to see the original though I recommend it at the very least for a fascinating window on Britain 1935 – and a window on how cynical we've all become!