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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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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

The September 4, 1946, edition of "Variety" carried a review of this movie, which had premiered at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on August 28. However, this picture escaped the notice of most contemporary American film critics. 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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Greta Gynt photographs beautifully in technicolour
29 April 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

London Town is a must see for any other Greta Gynt fans out there. Her saucy madam with the chestnut hair is about as far removed from the icy blonde femme fetales she played in the 30s as can be! It took about half of the film before I really recognised her. Kay Kendall is also splendid in her role, as is a very small Petula Clark. Petula is Peggy, whose father is an out of work comedian. She plays a trick on the other comedian, so that he'll have to miss a night and give her father his big break. Watch out for Belgrave as well - he steals every scene he's in!

The movie is fairly light on plot, most of the time being made up with the stage numbers, some of which get a bit long (the golf one...good at first but soon I was dying!), but over all it's a lot of fun. I'm sure I could have though of a better ending, though!


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