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Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 January 1953 (USA)
In a small town in the 1950s, a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Smart

Writers:

Michael Pertwee (screenplay), Jack Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
Margaret Rutherford ... Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Clair
Kay Kendall ... Sandra Beverley
Michael Medwin ... Jerry Winterton
Olive Sloane ... Maud Baron
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Norwood Beverley
Lloyd Lamble ... Jackson
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Daphne Ray
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... George
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Sarah Stebbins
Maggie Hanley Maggie Hanley ... Mary (as Margaret Avery)
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Vicar
Joan Hickson ... Harry's Landlady
John Cazabon ... Mr Stebbins
Diana Calderwood Diana Calderwood ... Set Painter
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In a small town in the 1950s, a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's directors. The producer doesn't try to hide his annoyance about it, and is further exercised when the authoress arrives to help. The cast have to try and sort out real-life problems that keep intruding as they wrestle with the play's dire dialogue. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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theater | based on play | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Quotes

W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker: Are you presuming to criticize my methods of production?
Jackson: I can't. I've never seen them.
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Amiable theatrical comedy
28 June 2000 | by RobWSee all my reviews

Slight romantic comedy about the dress rehearsal of a fairly dire amateur play, interspersed with the complicated love lives of members of the cast. An inconsequential piece of froth, but watchable for splendid performances from Margaret Rutherford as the playwright and Robert Morley as the producer who tries to bring his version of dramatic sense into Rutherford's incomprehensible and unactable plot. When Morley falls into the pit and is injured, Rutherford takes over. All ably supported by a reliable cast of regulars from British movies. It has to be said though that it's all a bit stagey (for a movie) and Rattigan did it better


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Premiere findet doch statt See more »

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Constellation Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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