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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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John Baxter

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John Baxter, Barbara K. Emary (as Barbara K. Emery) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Prof. Ernst Kronak
Fred Emney ... Sir George Denberry-Baxter
Edward Rigby ... Timmy Tiverton
Oliver Wakefield ... Sir Reginald Foxfield
Patricia Roc ... Hope Ollerton
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Lady Foxfield
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Lady Shepshod
Olive Sloane ... Daisy Barley
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Mitterley
Gus McNaughton ... Ketley
Charles Hawtrey ... Young Orton
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Maj. Shiptonthorpe
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Cmdr. Spofforth
G.H. Mulcaster G.H. Mulcaster ... Inspector
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Sam
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1942 (UK) See more »

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British National Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Credited theatrical movie debut of Sir Peter Ustinov (Dr. Bentika). See more »

Quotes

Timmy Tiverton: I don't know anything about democracy 'cos I never bothered with politics - you don't in this profession you know. But it seems to me if these people haven't got enough guts in 'em to 'ang on to this hall of theirs, they deserve to lose it.
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Soundtracks

Roly Poly
Music by Kennedy Russell
Lyrics by Desmond O'Connor
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idealism we'd do well to adopt
29 November 2007 | by patriciahammondSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised to see this film; I'm a Priestly fan and this is one of his lesser-known novels. For such a sprawling story with so many interweaving elements, and considering that there is no central character in the cinematic sense, it's a good adaptation, and several good long chunks of dialogue manage to make their way straight from the pages of the book to the screen. Alastair Sim is excellent as the Professor, fleshing out the character beautifully and giving his wise speeches wonderful depth and humour. Edward Rigby is exactly as I imagined Timmy Tiverton, though without his terribly sad and pathetic back-story, provided at some length in the novel, he is less of a pivotal character and more of a commentator. As in the book, it is Sir George Denberry-Baxter who steals the thing, a gift of a role and appreciated as such by the great Fred Emney. He's just what we want our aged aristocrats to be: drunken, anarchic, artistic, irascible, eccentric and barmy. The central character really is the cause: fighting against corporations and the general apathy of a people controlled by big business and passive entertainment. If only we had films like this now, urging people to get up and get involved, gather in our local town halls and make our own entertainment, using their own talents and brains and energies.


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