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A Girl Must Live (1939)

A run-away school-girl falls among chorus girls planning to marry into the nobility.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Emery Bonnett (novel) (as Emery Bonnet), Frank Launder | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Leslie James
Renee Houston ... Gloria Lind
Lilli Palmer ... Clytie Devine
George Robey ... Horace Blount
Hugh Sinclair ... Earl of Pangborough
Naunton Wayne ... Hugo Smythe
Moore Marriott ... Bretherton Hythe
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Wallis
David Burns David Burns ... Joe Gold
Kathleen Harrison ... Penelope
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Miss Polkinghome
Wilson Coleman Wilson Coleman ... Mr. Joliffe
Helen Haye ... Aunt Primrose
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Hodder
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Mme. Dupont, headmistress
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Storyline

A girl runs away from her Swiss finishing-school to go on the stage under a false name just as a rich young rubber-planter returns to England to inherit a title... with her fellow lodgers and chorus-girls both determined to get their hooks into him. The honours are about even as Gloria and Clytie fight it out for the Earl's attentions, until the whole chorus line is unexpectedly invited to spend the weekend at the Pangborough mansion, along with their producer Joe Gold and the wallet-lifting Hugo... and the *real* Leslie James makes an appearance... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1939 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl Has to Live See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mr. Joliffe: My dear young lady, no actress should face an audience without mastering the principles of elocution. Now, for a trifling fee...
Bretherton Hythe: No use old sport. Shakespeare's out of date. What the drama wants nowadays is high kicks and low jokes...
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Laughing Marionette
Music by Walter R. Collins
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Stage Door with More Laughs and Less Melodrama
10 July 2011 | by waldog2006See all my reviews

Anyone who has seen Gregory LaCava's 'Stage Door' will be familiar with the 'aspiring-actresses/chorus-girls-living-in-a-boarding-house-and- competing-for-the-attentions-of-rich-men' theme that is also presented here. I came to this because it was a Margaret Lockwood film I hadn't seen, but it was full of welcome surprises: Carol Reed directed at a fast lick that has been compared to Preston Sturges,the musical numbers wouldn't have been out of place in 'The Boyfriend', Lilli Palmer is a comic-erotic revelation, the laughs come thick and fast with perfect timing,racy dialogue that somehow evaded the censor, and plotting that has a neo-Wodehousian symmetry. Of course, you have to like this kind of thing in the first place, but this is one of those unsung British films of the 30s that need to be restored to their full glory and given a commentary to boot. "What's for lunch?" "Well, it was 'ot pot. Now it's just pot."


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