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Champagne Charlie (1944)

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 »

Soundtracks

Hit Him on the Boko
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Music by Ernest Irving
Lyrics by Frank Eyton
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Amazing
2 June 2009 | by barter2009See all my reviews

every time i watch this film i find it plain amazing. It's a light entertainment of the highest class. The music and the performance are superb, i always catch myself humming the tunes afterward. Surely the best of the film are Tommy Trinder and Stanley Holloway, but it's also the finest performance of Betty Warren. I assume that the ale-houses, as they are shown in the film, would be an origin of the karaoke evenings in our age. I also like the tiny hint to the Andersen's tale, when the mother and the daughter are admiring a mechanical toy. it's a shame that Cavalcanti left England so soon after making this film. He was like a rising star on the cinematic firmament, and he let the actors do their best. Enjoy it!


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