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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 'forties Brit movie from a vanished studio, 9 Feb. 2014
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Reading up about this long thought lost movie from the erstwhile low budget (apparently Hammersmith based) Butchers Film Service Limited/Butcher Empire Production Company I recall that it was tantalising to see such names in the cast as Irene Handl and a pre-stardom 15 year old Jean Simmons. I was overjoyed therefore when it was announced that the film had come to light and immediately put in an advance order.

It did not disappoint. I found it a delightful, unpretentious and thoroughly workmanlike romantic comedy of errors (quite saucy for the period).

Half Spanish beauty Patricia Medina is the leading lady. She went to Hollywood without making much impact but here she is excellent as a young woman stronger willed than her on-leave soldier boyfriend (played by likeable onetime child star Jimmy Hanley). They drop in on some distant relatives who, mistakenly thinking that they are on Honeymoon, offer them one room for the night (and so on). Medina has noticeably more 'Max Factor' on than the rest of the cast, who look pleasingly natural.

Much-loved comedienne Handl plays a charlady remarkably similar vocally to a pushy stage mother character she played on radio a decade later. Simmons plays a cheeky juvenile rather reminiscent of her film debut character in Val Guest's fantastical Gainsborough (Islington) studio comedy Give Us The Moon of around the year before (1943). This set AFTER the war, starring Margaret Lockwood, Roland Culver etc., and which is also worth checking out by those who have affection for old British films.

Incidentally the very young Ms S appeared in a short in 1944, also for Butchers, called Sports Day. This is said to be lost, but in view of the reappearance of Kiss The Bride I am still hopeful a copy may yet surface. Meanwhile us older viewers can enjoy this current release as an endearing piece of modest escapism in a (then) contemporary setting (steam trains etc) shrouded in a cosy haze of nostalgia .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy in places., 17 May 2014
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If you like British comedies from the 1940s and '50s, this one is worth watching. However, the plot occasionally has rather fraught situations and gets a little heavier than I look for in such a film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Sept. 2014
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1st class all round
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