Odeon have a print entitled Brass Monkey but the film is also known by the title Lucky Mascot. This comedy thriller has as its backdrop the auditions for and broadcast of The Carroll Levis radio show. In 1948 when the film was made he was a household name in the UK. He appeared in only 3 films and died in 1968 aged only 58.
Carole Landis whose last film this was committed suicide in 1948 at the end of a relationship with a famous actor. Her best film because she was happy at the time of making it was Four Jills in a Jeep, a war time musical made in black and white but full of colourful characters.
Brass Monkey is an oddity and well worth watching for some great OTT performances from the likes of Ernest Thesiger, Avril Angers and Terry-Thomas. There is even a rare appearance of Leslie A Hutchinson simply known as Hutch to his fans. Herbert Lom plays the nasty character with conviction and the right clothes too. Thornton Freeland wrote the screenplay and directed this film (his penultimate) his last being Dear Mr Prohack in 1949.
Was the rare brass money really a lucky mascot for those involved with this film? I think not, but as a period piece is is entertaining and the print used is not bad. I would have liked better sound but with these vintage films this is something you can never guarantee.
The liner notes booklet is good providing plenty of information on the stars of the film. All in all a welcome addition to The Best of British Collection.