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The Adventures of Jane (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1949 (UK)
Jane is given a bracelet by an elderly admirer. He is in league with Cleaver, a suave crook, and the two plan to use Jane and the bracelet to smuggle diamonds into England.

Directors:

Edward G. Whiting, Alfred J. Goulding (uncredited)

Writers:

Alfred J. Goulding (story) (as Alf Goulding), Con West (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christabel Leighton-Porter Christabel Leighton-Porter ... Jane (as Jane)
Stanelli Stanelli ... Hotel Manager
Michael Hogarth Michael Hogarth ... Tom Hawke
Ian Colin Ian Colin ... Capt. Cleaver
Sonya O'Shea Sonya O'Shea ... Ruby
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Drunken Man
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Customs Official
Sebastian Cabot ... Traveling Man
Sidney Benson Sidney Benson ... Mr. Sneyed
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Lew
George Crawford George Crawford ... Freddie
Joan Grindley Joan Grindley ... Maid
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Storyline

Jane is given a bracelet by an elderly admirer. He is in league with Cleaver, a suave crook, and the two plan to use Jane and the bracelet to smuggle diamonds into England.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Norman Pett: Cartoonist sketching Jane. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Manager: Good evening, Sir. Now, is there anything you'd like?
Tom Hawke: Yes, what do you recommend?
Hotel Manager: Well now, let me see... How about some nice cutlets garnished with onions?
Tom Hawke: Onions?
Hotel Manager: Yes sir
Tom Hawke: Do you realize I'm going to dance with this young lady?
Hotel Manager: That's quite alright, sir. When you get the bill, it will take your breath away.
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Remade as Jane (1982) See more »

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For once, a comic strip rather than comic book adaptation
31 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

'Jane' was a popular comic strip character seen in British newspapers in the 1940s. She was a glamorous figure, ever losing her clothing in order to titillate the war-haunted male readership, and THE ADVENTURES OF JANE is a film designed to bring her voluptuous talents to the screen. It was made in Brighton on an obviously cheap budget, but sadly other than the novelty value there isn't really much reason to tune in.

The problem with the film isn't Jane so much, as Christabel Leighton-Porter does a pretty good job in the role. She's no actress, of course, but she's a statuesque blonde who makes an impact. There are a couple of mildly racy moments in which she loses her skirt or parades around in her underwear, but these feel very tame by modern standards and of course there's no nudity even hinted at.

The rest of the plot is episodic in nature and involves a gang of criminals who use Jane to smuggle a priceless diamond into the country. The emphasis is on dated and genteel comedy throughout but the film lacks decent actors and plotting to make it work. Jane's dachshund, Frits, is probably the best actor in it. Watch out for Peter Butterworth in a random extended cameo playing a drunk.


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