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Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 January 1953 (USA)
In a small town in the 1950s, a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »


Ralph Smart


Michael Pertwee (screenplay), Jack Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
Margaret Rutherford ... Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Clair
Kay Kendall ... Sandra Beverley
Michael Medwin ... Jerry Winterton
Olive Sloane ... Maud Baron
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Norwood Beverley
Lloyd Lamble ... Jackson
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Daphne Ray
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... George
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Sarah Stebbins
Maggie Hanley Maggie Hanley ... Mary (as Margaret Avery)
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Vicar
Joan Hickson ... Harry's Landlady
John Cazabon ... Mr Stebbins
Diana Calderwood Diana Calderwood ... Set Painter
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In a small town in the 1950s, a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's directors. The producer doesn't try to hide his annoyance about it, and is further exercised when the authoress arrives to help. The cast have to try and sort out real-life problems that keep intruding as they wrestle with the play's dire dialogue. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker: I wonder if I might borrow your script for a moment.
[Catherine hands Harry her script]
W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker: Thank you.
[he leafs through the script, turning over page after page]
Catherine Beckwith: Are you looking for something?
W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker: The plot, madam.
Catherine Beckwith: Dress, Scenery or Lighting plot? I have them all handy.
W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker: The plot, madam, of Tarnished Gold. Most plays have them. Yours seems to be the exception. Ah, I see the beginning of a plot on page 27 - and we're now on page 1.
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a good old fashioned British film
22 June 2006 | by m-c-sturrockSee all my reviews

Curtain Up is one of my favourite British films of all time. It contains so many wonderful British actors - Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford (who repeated their coupling in the original Miss Marple films) and Michael Medwin, and of course, Kay Kendall. The story is simple but oh so English and delights in its old fashioned charm.

This film does not appear to have been released on VHS or DVD and only very occasionally appears on TV. I taped it many years ago, but the family have wiped it and I am longing for it to appear again. Anything with the adorable Margaret Rutherford is worth watching and this film is a little gem.

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Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Die Premiere findet doch statt See more »

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Constellation Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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