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Gaiety George

Gaiety George

George King, Freddie Carpenter, Leontine Sagan (1946)

93min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Richard Greene, best known to a generation as TV's Robin Hood, here portrays the father figure of Edwardian musical comedy, George Edwardes, famous for his Gaiety Girls. He's called George Howard here, renamed perhaps because Greene totally fails to evoke Edwardes's trademark flamboyance and Irish vitality. A pallid Ann Todd doesn't add much as the love interest, and the film cries out for colour. However, the period atmosphere is well re-created, ingénue Hazel Court is particularly mesmerising, and the whole is not unwatchable. The US title, Showtime, was wishful thinking, however.

Summary

Biopic of renowned music hall impresario George Edwardes - here called George Howard - charting his move from Ireland to London and purchase of a run-down theatre, which he transforms into a major attraction. Starring Richard Greene, Ann Todd, Hazel Court, Charles Victor and Peter Graves.

Cast & Crew

George Howard Richard Greene
Kathryn Davis Ann Todd
Carter Peter Graves (1)
Elizabeth Brown Hazel Court
Florence Stephens Leni Lynn
Isobel Forbes Ursula Jeans
Morris Morland Graham
Grindley Frank Pettingell
Collier Charles Victor
Miss De Courtney Daphne Barker
Director George King
Director Freddie Carpenter
Director Leontine Sagan
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd

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