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Cheer Up (1936)

A couple of out of work songwriters try to persuade a wealthy stockbroker to back them. But he turns out to be broke as they are. A series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and ... See full summary »

Director:

Leo Mittler

Writer:

Stanley Lupino (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Stanley Lupino ... Tom Denham
Sally Gray ... Sally Gray
Roddy Hughes ... Dick Dirk
Wyn Weaver Wyn Weaver ... Mr. Carter
Marjorie Chard Marjorie Chard ... Mrs. Carter
Ernest Sefton Ernest Sefton ... Tom Page
Gerald Barry Gerald Barry ... John Harman
Kenneth Kove ... Wilfrid Harman
Doris Rogers Doris Rogers ... Mrs. Pearce
Arthur Rigby Arthur Rigby ... Bill Rachett (as Arthur Rigby Jr.)
Syd Crossley ... Café Proprietor
Arty Ash Arty Ash ... Head Porter
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A couple of out of work songwriters try to persuade a wealthy stockbroker to back them. But he turns out to be broke as they are. A series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and general confusion as our heroes attempt to make a living as songwriters in 1930s Britain. Well paced acting with some quite amusing lines, together with some reasonably good song and dance make this amusing Ealing Studio production worth a viewing.

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This film's earliest documented USA telecast took place in Los Angeles Wednesday 22 March 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). Since it had never been released theatrically on this side of the Big Pond, this presentation also constituted its USA premiere. See more »

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Pleasant Meeting
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Performed by Sally Gray and Stanley Lupino
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This Will Help
19 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Stanley Lupino and Roddy Highes have written a musical play, been thrown out of every theatrical office in the city and are stone cold broke. Sally Gray -- whose character's name is Sally Gray -- can't even get an audition and is likewise stony. So is the kindly couple who take her in. Fortunately, she comes up with the idea of turning their home into a hotel. When she is at another hotel talking it up for prospective guests, she is accosted, and is rescued by Lupino. This causes an agent to look her up and offer to bankroll her until she has a paying career; the report is that Kenneth Kove, the son of the biggest backer of plays rescued her. When she runs into Lupino, she thinks he's Kove and he thinks she's the answer to his dreams in every way.

It's a typically silly mistaken-identity plot, but that's not the point of the movie. Lupino's physical-comedy antics are kept under control, and are very funny in moderate doses, when not performed as if he's done this one a hundred times in the West End and a couple of thousand in the provinces. Miss Gray is fresh-faced and lovely and gets a solo dance number, with lots of high kicks and a splendid set. Even the minor players get their chances to shine at least briefly. There's little in this musical comedy that's new and startling (except for Miss Gray's shiny dress!), but it's all put together well and will keep you entertained for the hour or so of the show.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1936 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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