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on 24 July 2014
What the other review, helpful though it is, fails to say is that Charley, during his rise to stardom, sees the nastier side of showbiz alongside its glamour. His partner, Harold Armytage (played by the wonderful Dennis Price), is kicked off the stage during rehearsals for daring to criticize the script of a panto in which they appear, and less lovable aspects emerge of other characters who Charley has befriended as they try to claw their way to the top of the tree. It's this that makes this film different from the usual "rags-to-riches" showbiz fantasy and places it above most of them. One of the musical numbers included is "Out of Town" which was a very big British hit in its day.
When I was a boy I saw this film on its first release at the cinema and I've always retained an affection for it. It's nice to have it available in a commercial release.