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The Lady Craved Excitement (1950)

A music-hall performer and her boyfriend find themselves caught up in the machinations of a trio of not particularly bright crooks.


Francis Searle


John Gilling (screenplay), Edward J. Mason (radio serial) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Hy Hazell ... Pat
Michael Medwin ... Johnny
Sidney James ... Carlo
Andrew Keir ... Peterson
Thelma Grigg ... Julia
Danny Green ... Boris
John Longden ... Inspector James
Ian Wilson ... Mugsy
Barbara Hamilton Barbara Hamilton ... Chorus Girl
Jasmine Dee Jasmine Dee ... Chorus Girl
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... A Lunatic


A music-hall performer and her boyfriend find themselves caught up in the machinations of a trio of not particularly bright crooks.

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Comedy | Mystery







Release Date:

August 1950 (UK) See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Andrew Keir. See more »


Ladies Of The Gaiety
By James Dyrenforth and George Melachrino
Sung by Hy Hazell (uncredited)
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The Movie Craves A Decent Performance
25 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a very poor comedy mystery, starring Hy (short for "Hyacinth") Hazell and Michael Medwin as a pair of cabaret entertainers who get mixed up in a sinister plot when Andrew Keir walks into the club and asks Miss Hazell to model for a picture of Anne Boylen. It's based on a BBC radio serial, created by Edward Mason, who also helped devise "Dick Barton", "What the Butler Saw" and the never-ending "The Archers". All but the last were filmized by Hammer about this time.

The performances are big and hysterical, casting no glory on the leads, despite the fact they were all capable performers. This one is definitely a quota quickie and no better than it ought to be. Unless you wish to see good performers when they were younger and much worse, this is one you can avoid.

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