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Like the curate`s egg!
on 29 May 2014
This film, made in 1930, was one of the first British musicals. This explains why the sound and colour are a little primitive by today`s standards. One is left wondering why narrator Tommy Handley did not protest at the material he was asked to deliver, for the `jokes` are not remotely funny; and what is Donald Calthrop`s purpose in the film? The sketch starring Jack Hulbert, Bobby Coomber etc., is without humour and Cicely Courtneidge shows a `non-talent` being unable to dance or sing, and her costume is ridiculous.
However, the dance sequence of The Three Eddies is breathtaking; likewise the dance duet between Jack Hulbert and Helen Burnell. Still on the subject of dancing, the routines by the Charlot and Adelphi girls are delightful, ,also they are good to look at! The Russian sequence is fantastic in the dance and choral sections, and Teddy Brown shows his musical talent to advantage.
Will Fyffe and Lily Morris provide a valuable film record of the music-hall, and let us not forget the wonderful Alfred Hitchcock sketch starring Jameson Thomas, and John Longden which I have entitled `The Triangle` with its surprise ending.
Well worth purchasing.