An English playboy gentleman is broke when he inherits London's leading dress store in the posh Mayfair district. Instead of selling it for cash, he enters the business of "rags" for riches and romance.
(1939) Anthony Hulme, Evelyn Foster, Ernest Sefton, C. Denier Warren. An Inspector from the yard (Hulme) goes on holiday with reporter pal. When they stop in a small village, they discover ... See full summary »
C. Denier Warren,
Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.
Came fifth in the UK's Ultimate Film, in which films were placed in order of how many seats they sold at cinemas See more »
Ten people are seated at the dinner table. In a later scene of dancing to a band, 14 people can be seen on the dance floor and they don't include Uncle Joshua, the Marquis of Borechester (George) or Richard. See more »
About one-third into the movie, the screen runs credits that introduce the Borechester family: "Borechester Towers. Ancestral seat of the Marquis of Borechester. "A.D. 1100. The Normans started building the walls... "A.D. 1300. The family started hanging their pictures on the walls... "A.D. 1939. The R.A.F. took over and started scribbling on the walls... "A.D. 1947. A Stately home of England -- with the state coming nearer every budget." See more »
This was the most popular movie in Great Britain the year it was released and still holds the record for most tickets sold in Britain by an all-British production. It was so popular that a poll the following year had Miss Neagle the most popular movie star in Britain: the first time in more than a decade the title went to a British subject.
The story, as well as Miss Neagle were crowd-pleasers. It offered to its audience the happy thought that in the post-War era, Park Lane contains rich young ladies who would gladly marry their footmen -- assuming, of course, they look like Michael Wilding and are actually down-on-their-luck aristocrats.
Miss Neagle's wealth comes from her diamond-dealing uncle, Tom Walls, in a fine performance. The rather tepid plot is eked out by two good dance sequences, one song by Miss Neagle, and a subplot about stolen paintings. The mildly titillating main plot is supported by a rather arch air and the charms of the stars: Mr. Wilding is arch and Miss Neagle by the manner in which every scene with her in it is shot to spotlight her. It's clear, as always that the director, Herbert Wilcox loves Miss Neagle; they had been married five years. I suspect cinematographer Mutz Greenbaum felt the same.
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