9 user 7 critic

Champagne Charlie (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 6 August 1948 (USA)
The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.


Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)


Austin Melford (original screenplay), John Dighton (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Champagne Charlie (TV Movie 1989)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends... See full summary »

Director: Allan Eastman
Stars: Hugh Grant, Megan Gallagher, Megan Follows
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson
Dr. Akagi (1998)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Shôhei Imamura
Stars: Akira Emoto, Kumiko Asô, Jacques Gamblin
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor
The Big Noise (1944)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A black comedy centered around a TV weather girl and the two very different men who pursue her.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Benoît Magimel, François Berléand
9 Fingers (2017)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Magloire starts running with no luggage and no future until he meets a dying man from whom he inherits a fortune. Subsequently, Magloire is chased by a gang and becomes not only their hostage, but also their accomplice.

Director: F.J. Ossang
Stars: Paul Hamy, Damien Bonnard, Pascal Greggory
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

1941. A little town in the Jura is cut in half by a river that forms the border between Nazi-occupied France and the free zone.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean Seberg, Maurice Ronet, Daniel Gélin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother.

Director: Peter Sollett
Stars: Victor Rasuk, Donna Maldonado, Kevin Rivera
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki
Documentary | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The film documents contemporary North Sea fishery and the fishermen's struggle with a changed public perception, fluctuating regulations, and excessive global competition, while parallels are drawn between fishing and filming.

Directors: Siebren de Haan, Lonnie van Brummelen
Stars: Femmy Brands, Tinie De Boer, Hennie De Bruijne


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ... George Leybourne (Champagne Charlie)
Stanley Holloway ... The Great Vance
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Bessie Bellwood
Jean Kent ... Dolly (Bessie's Daughter)
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Duckworth (Chairman of the Mogador)
Harry Fowler ... 'Orace
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Bessie's Dresser
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Cora (Mogador Barmaid)
Bill Shine ... Mogador Stage Manager (as Billy Shine)
Guy Middleton ... Tipsy Swell
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Learoyd
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Gatti (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Paul Bonifas ... Targetino
Austin Trevor ... The Duke
Peter De Greef Peter De Greef ... Lord Petersfield (His Son) (as Peter De Greeff)


With London of the 1860s and the gas-lit music halls providing the locale, most of the first half of the film is taken up with either Tommy Trinder or Stanley Holloway singing songs. The plot concerns a feud between two music halls and, then, their joint efforts to keep from being closed by municipal authorities. Supporting the two singing stars are Betty Warren, owner of one of the music halls; her daughter, Jean Kent, who is in love with a nobleman, and Harry Fowler as a backstage assistant. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Due to the changing public taste in entertainment and George Leybourne's lavish lifestyle, he died penniless in 1884 aged 42. The term Champagne Charlie still continues to refer to a person who has or gives the impression of, a person of substantial means and lavish lifestyle. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the year of Grace 1860, two brothers set out from the mining village of Leybourne for London Town . . . . See more »


Arf of Arf and Arf
Written by Una Bart
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Music of the era
28 August 2009 | by Igenlode WordsmithSee all my reviews

This must be the first time since the nineteenth century that the audience for a show could be heard to leave the building still humming 'Champagne Charlie' :-) (In fact, I did wonder if we were going to get some audience participation at one point -- I was on the verge of it myself -- and am curious as to whether sing-alongs ever happened during the original screenings.) This is a wonderful experience, with Tommy Trinder clearly in his element as music-hall entertainer George Leybourne: his singing voice clearly doesn't equal that of Stanley Holloway, but he can put over the songs so well that you can credit him as a serious competitor... if one can ever describe either of these two as 'serious'! Betty Warren is magnificent in every sense of the word, the very image (and figure) of a Victorian stage star, brimming with coquetry, charisma and sound business sense, and it's a pity that the only number featuring these three together gives her so little to do. A host of minor, unnamed but recurring characters bring the genial, raucous world of the music hall to life, with its flickering stage flares, its haze of smoke and its plentiful supply of drink.

But the true stars of the picture are surely the composers and lyricists who contributed the host of songs that enliven the soundtrack, the new music fitting seamlessly with such genuine period hits as "Champagne Charlie" and "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze". The plot requires the rival stars to cap one another with song after song on the theme of alcohol, every one of which has to be a credible smash hit: with writers like Billy Mayerl and Noel Gay involved, plus the bravura delivery of the two vocalists, the audience both offscreen and on are completely convinced.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed