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Kathy's Love Affair (1947)

The Courtneys of Curzon Street (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 8 September 1947 (UK)
The fortunes of an upper-class British family are followed through three wars and four generations.

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Nicholas Phipps, Florence Tranter (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Neagle ... Kate O'Halloran
Michael Wilding ... Sir Edward Courtney
Gladys Young Gladys Young ... Lady Courtney
Daphne Slater Daphne Slater ... Cynthia Carmody
Jack Watling ... Teddy Courtney
Michael Medwin ... Edward Courtney
Edgar Norfolk Edgar Norfolk ... Mr. W.
G.H. Mulcaster G.H. Mulcaster ... Sir Edward Courtney Sr.
Coral Browne ... Valerie
Alice Gachet Alice Gachet ... Louise
Helen Cherry ... Mary Courtney
Ethel O'Shea Ethel O'Shea ... Mrs. O'Halloran
Terry Randall Terry Randall ... Pam
Thora Hird ... Maud
Nicholas Phipps ... Phipps
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Storyline

On New Years Eve, 1899, baronet's son Edward Courtney becomes engaged to Kate, his mother's maid, much to the scandal of London society. The film then follows their family through four generations, with separations, joys, tragedies, and service in the Boer War, WWI, and WWII. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kathy's Love Affair See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Edward Courtney and his son quote from Rupert Brooke's 1914 sonnet "The Soldier". See more »

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Sir Edward Courtney: We come from a fighting people and it's just bad luck if we have to keep on fighting.
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You Should See Me Dance the Polka
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Anna's Disappearing Brogue
7 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Anna Neagle plays a lovely Irish colleen the daughter of maid Ethel O'Shea who works in the house of The Courtneys Of Curzon Street. Anna works there as well and around the turn of the last century she falls in love with Michael Wilding who is the heir to the place and about to embark on an army career with service in the Boer War.

Naturally this raises some eyebrows and The Courtneys Of Curzon Street deal with class differences, not as pronounced in America as across the pond back in those days. Which might have lessened the box office potential here in America as I'm sure many in the audience just didn't get it.

Not that this is a bad film by any means, in fact it is probably one of Anna Neagle's best films. Anna who endures a long separation puts herself on stage and we get to see her sing and dance. Interesting how the people who snubbed her before when she becomes a star they kowtow pretty good to Lady Courtney.

The film covers 45 years of British history from the Boer War to the end of World War II and the travails and heartaches of the Courtney family is set against the backdrop of the real events of the time. One thing that was fascinating is that in the beginning Neagle has a full blown Irish brogue, but as the years go by she starts affecting distinct upper class speech. By the end of the film you would hardly recognize her humble origins.

The Courtneys Of Curzon Street bears no small resemblance to Noel Coward's Cavalcade, but it hardly has Coward's wit. Still you'll find it an entertaining film and an entertaining social history.


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