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London Town (1946)

An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star ... See full summary »

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Elliot Paul (screenplay), Sig Herzig (screenplay) (as Sigfried Herzig) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Field Sid Field ... Jerry Sanford
Greta Gynt ... Mrs. Eve Barry
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Herself
Claude Hulbert Claude Hulbert ... Belgrave - Charlie's Dresser
Sonnie Hale ... Charlie de Haven
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Gates
Petula Clark ... Peggy Sanford
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... George
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Stage Manager
Lucas Hoving Lucas Hoving ... Dancer (as Lucas Hovinga)
Marion Saunders Marion Saunders ... Obligato in 'Street Singer'
Charles Paton ... Novelty Shopkeeper
Beryl Davis Beryl Davis ... Paula
Scotty McHarg Scotty McHarg ... Bill (as 'Scotty' McHarg)
W.G. Fay W.G. Fay ... Mike
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An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star in order to get him back into the spotlight. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Heart Goes Crazy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music was originally released on five 78-rpm gramophone records in 1946 and is considered Britain's first motion picture soundtrack album. See more »

Quotes

Belgrave: [to Peggy] God help the male population when you grow up!
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Alternate Versions

UK premiere version (126 mins) UK theatrical release print (95 mins)(shortened, re-edited) US theatrical release print (75 mins) See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Light Entertainment: The Comics (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You ought to see me on Saturday Night
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Ridley
Lyrics by Sid Colin
Performed by Sonnie Hale, reprised by Sid Field
(in the 125 minute version)
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I still don't know what the Amsted Way is
9 December 2008 | by dsewizzrd-1See all my reviews

Petula Clark stars as a young girl in this confused (post-modernist ?) musical, with a whole cast of down-on-their-luck stars producing a variety of songs on some very expensive sets that don't seem to _quite_ make sense.

There is evidence of much cutting, particularly in the 'gay' scene (well that's what it looked like to me) which cuts out and runs out of true, but also with the fact that the story is often incoherent and introduces unexplained new elements (such as 'The Amsted Way' ??).

The comedy act at the end is terrible, and the lead is as well.

Wildly expensively made in Technicolour, perhaps as an experiment ? (Maybe that's why J. Arthur kept in black & white for so long).


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