Comets (1930)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Thatcher ... Herself
Billy Merson Billy Merson ... Himself
Charles Laughton ... Himself
Elsa Lanchester ... Herself
Albert Sandler Albert Sandler ... Himself
Noni & Horace Noni & Horace ... Themselves
Gladys Cruickshank Gladys Cruickshank ... Herself
Gus McNaughton ... Himself
Flora le Breton ... Herself
Randle Ayrton Randle Ayrton ... Himself
Jack Raine ... Himself
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Himself
The John Tiller Girls The John Tiller Girls ... Themselves (as The Tiller Girls)
Streisky's Cossacks Streisky's Cossacks ... Themselves
Melton Club Orchestra Melton Club Orchestra ... Themselves


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January 1930 (UK) See more »

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Alpha Film Corporation See more »
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1.20 : 1
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Early British "Screen Revue" with Laughton and Lanchester
12 March 2007 | by kerrison-philipsSee all my reviews

Released at the beginning of 1930, this "Musical Revue" featured a number of prominent vaudeville and theatrical British artists of the day in songs, dances, dramatic and musical sketches. Originally, in addition to those listed, it featured The Tiller Girls, Noni and Horace, the Melton Club Orchestra, Strelsky's Cossacks, and The Golden Serenaders. Later that same year a "revised version" was issued, drastically cut and considerably sharpened up since it was first shown, with only the most important items remaining. "Comets" was notable for an early teaming on film of Charles Laughton and his wife Elsa Lanchester. They duetted in "The Ballad of Frankie and Johnnie," a repeat for celluloid of a performance they had given of this number in a show called "Riverside Nights" at the Arts Theatre Club, London, in 1928. In 1934, when Laughton and Lanchester had found fame as Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves in "The Private Life of Henry VIII", their "Comets" duet was extracted and shown in America as a 7-minute 'Talking Short' entitled "Frankie and Johnnie". 'Variety' commented that this brief 'short' was a "slovenly produced version of the popular song" but that although Laughton "displays artistry in spite of the drivel he is compelled to sing", the critic found Elsa Lanchester "wild both as to voice and action."

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