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In 1939 Gracie Fields, the 'Queen of Hearts', is at the height of her success as a singer and actress and the whole nation seems to wish her a speedy recovery from cervical cancer. When ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Horrocks ... Gracie Fields
Tom Hollander ... Monty Banks
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Jenny Stansfield
Tony Haygarth ... Fred Stansfield
David Dawson ... Harry Parr Davies
Ruth Kearney ... Miriam
Alistair Petrie ... Basil Dean
Ed Coleman ... Soldier / Journalist
Tom Meredith ... Soldier 1
Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd ... Soldier 2
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ... Soldier 3
Paul Westwood Paul Westwood ... Officer
April Walker April Walker ... Secretary
Kieron Jecchinis ... Canadian Officer
Harry Ditson ... Navy League Man


In 1939 Gracie Fields, the 'Queen of Hearts', is at the height of her success as a singer and actress and the whole nation seems to wish her a speedy recovery from cervical cancer. When World War Two breaks out, Gracie sings for the troops despite poor health, to the dismay of her fussy husband, film director Monty Banks, an Italian, born Mario Bianchi. With Italy's entry into the war Monty is in danger of being interned so Gracie consents to his moving to America whilst she tours Canada, fund-raising for the war effort. She is accused of deserting the country which made her famous and booed offstage, though she later tours battlefields as a singer. With the war over she regains popularity, performing 'Take Me To Your Heart Again' at the London Palladium. Banks dies in 1950 and, though still a successful singer, Gracie never regains her pre-war iconic status. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English | Italian

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23 November 2009 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Made as one of a three-part season "Women We Loved" on BBC Four. The other two films in the series were Enid (2009) and Margot (2009). See more »


The Canadian flag shown did not exist until 1965. See more »


[after her serious illness, Gracie wants to return to work, entertaining the troops in France, but Monty thinks she should rest for longer]
Gracie Fields: They say work is the best tonic.
Monty Banks: Schweppes is the best tonic - the best tonic, drunk with gin, on the terrace of a hotel in Capri.
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References Trouble Ahead (1934) See more »


Red Sails in the Sunset
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz
Performed by Jane Horrocks
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Well made biopic of our unsung hero
14 June 2017 | by peterrichboySee all my reviews

After her performance in Little Voice it's fair to say if ever a movie was to be made about Gracie Fields then Jane Horrocks was destined to play the part. A northern lass herself blessed with a wonderful singing voice, Gracie tells the story of the war years when she married Italian film director Monty Banks played by the ever reliable Tom Hollander. Her love for Banks led her to fleeing the country as Great Britain was at war with Italy. This led to a backlash back home, many feeling Fields was a traitor where in reality she continued to raise money for the troops back home. The performances are all terrific if anything Horrox tries to hard to emulate her hero.

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