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Champagne Charlie (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 6 August 1948 (USA)
The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Austin Melford (original screenplay), John Dighton (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ... George Leybourne (Champagne Charlie)
Stanley Holloway ... The Great Vance
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Bessie Bellwood
Jean Kent ... Dolly (Bessie's Daughter)
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Duckworth (Chairman of the Mogador)
Harry Fowler ... 'Orace
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Bessie's Dresser
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Cora (Mogador Barmaid)
Bill Shine ... Mogador Stage Manager (as Billy Shine)
Guy Middleton ... Tipsy Swell
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Learoyd
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Gatti (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Targetino
Austin Trevor ... The Duke
Peter De Greef Peter De Greef ... Lord Petersfield (His Son) (as Peter De Greeff)
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Storyline

With London of the 1860s and the gas-lit music halls providing the locale, most of the first half of the film is taken up with either Tommy Trinder or Stanley Holloway singing songs. The plot concerns a feud between two music halls and, then, their joint efforts to keep from being closed by municipal authorities. Supporting the two singing stars are Betty Warren, owner of one of the music halls; her daughter, Jean Kent, who is in love with a nobleman, and Harry Fowler as a backstage assistant. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Hazel Court. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the year of Grace 1860, two brothers set out from the mining village of Leybourne for London Town . . . . See more »

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Faust
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Music by Charles Gounod
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Hugely enjoyable, but sadly rather negelcted
8 August 2005 | by cheesyalSee all my reviews

This is based on the life of music hall star George Laybourne, tracking his rise from singing in pubs to becoming one of the top entertainers of his day. Although the competition over who had the better drinking song between Laybourne and rival The Great Vance (Stanley Holloway, obviously thoroughly relishing the role) did supposedly take place, the film isn't overly accurate historically and does skim over detail somewhat. On the positive side, this does make room for more songs and the film packs in plenty with the numbers being infectiously catchy and marvellously well delivered. Sadly, this seems to be a somewhat forgotten Ealing film, which is a shame as it gives excellent insight into a decidedly odd, but enjoyable looking form of particularly British entertainment now consigned to history.


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