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Let the People Sing (1942)

A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall comedian form an unlikely partnership to try and save a town's concert hall from the planners, businessmen and bureaucrats.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prof. Ernst Kronak
... Sir George Denberry-Baxter
... Timmy Tiverton
... Sir Reginald Foxfield
... Hope Ollerton
Annie Esmond ... Lady Foxfield
Marian Spencer ... Lady Shepshod
... Daisy Barley
Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Mitterley
... Ketley
... Young Orton
Peter Gawthorne ... Maj. Shiptonthorpe
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Cmdr. Spofforth
G.H. Mulcaster ... Inspector
Wally Patch ... Sam


A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall comedian form an unlikely partnership to try and save a town's concert hall from the planners, businessmen and bureaucrats.

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10 August 1942 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Professor Ernst Kronak: This man is a democrat in the evening and a Nazi in the morning.
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Let the People Sing
Written by Frank Eyton and Noel Gay
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Loved seeing Fred Emney again
23 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

The IMDb user rating of 7/10 is well deserved.This title is just one I purchased recently from my DVD dealer contact in north London.Those of you who follow my reviews will know of my love for 1940s films, beautiful raven haired actresses and especially the lovely accents, diction, modulation of vowels and general pronunciation which actresses of that generation were taught in their drama acadamies.The plot of peoples apathy vs big business and the need for certain residents to confront the council with their wishes at council meetings is just as true today as in 1942 when this was filmed.We have a blight of planning orders to fight with the L.B. of Barnet & the Dept. of Environment in our neck of the woods.

It was good to see larger than life comedian, Fred Emney again.I remember him on BBC TV in variety shows in the 1950s smoking a large cigar with his monocle and he performs his act here for us all to enjoy.Patricia Hammond's user critique above describes just what aristocrats in our subconscious should be.After exactly 70 years from when it was filmed, I still find this film very entertaining, funny and relevant today on council issues.All the actors were extremely well cast, principally from the always professorial Alastair Sim, to the attractive Patricia Roc and Edward Rigby as "Tommy Tiverton - music hall comedian".

This film was just the tonic to cheer up a war-weary Britain, keep the morale up and engender an "all in it together" spirit.For the record I am 66 years of age born in 1946.

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