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Fascinating curio evocative of its time with a star performance by Janette Scott
on 22 May 2017
Enjoyable but laboured, musicalised version of J.B. Priestley's story starring Janette Scott. Scott really is the star of the film, showing as much promise and poise here as Natalie Wood was to show many years later in Gypsy. It is one of the mysteries of British and International film-making that Scott did not go on to achieve much greater things. A stellar supporting cast from the great British film repertory - Celia Johnson, Eric Porter, John Fraser, Thora Hird, Joyce Grenfell - contribute lovely cameos in this story of the tribulations of the Dinky Doos, a travelling theatre company. The problem is the mediocre songs keep getting in the way of the story and not even the spectacular dance routines in the film's grand finale really exalt it above the pedestrian. There is much to enjoy here, though, in the characterisations and it is filmed in attractive colour and cinemascope, showing a post-war world soon to disappear forever.