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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 ... 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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Storyline

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

Universal Pictures, intending to distribute this Technicolor English musical in the US, previewed the film, retitled "My Heart Goes Crazy," around metropolitan New York City on the evenings of September 10, 11 and 12, 1946. Over five months had elapsed when, on February 27, 1947, Production Code chief Joseph I. Breen contacted the J. Arthur Rank Organisation's branch office at the recently renamed (on October 1, 1946) Universal-International Pictures. Breen objected to a pair of Sid Field comic sketches, which the censor judged to be inappropriately sexual. In addition, he maintained that Production Code guidelines would not permit footage of two women dressed in cleavage-revealing outfits. Universal-International, at this juncture, sought to bow out of the distribution arrangement. On April 4, 1947, the Code administration tentatively certified the movie, provided that a Sid Field routine about photography be eliminated. Five months had passed before Rank notified Code officials on September 10 that his motion picture would not play in US markets. Nearly six years later the Rank Organisation finally chose United Artists to distribute the picture stateside, beginning on July 22, 1953. The American version, using the title "My Heart Goes Crazy," ran just 80 minutes, as compared to the 126-minute length of the British release. 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

Any Way the Wind Blows
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by chorus
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Relic of the days before tv
9 July 2000 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

Interesting today mainly as a historical record of the Music Hall (Vaudeville to our American cousins), this is fairly slow and unfunny when not actually showing the performances.

Featuring Sid Field, a big star of the thirties and forties. He had a pleasant light singing voice but his act included a Golf Lesson routine not in the class of his namesake, W.C. Two-ton Tessie O'Shea, literally a big star, showed that she had lots of personality and there's an enjoyable Pearlie Kings act with `Any Old Iron?' etc.

Surprisingly in (pretty gaudy) colour.


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