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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lavish British 1946 Musical available for the first time on DVD, 24 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: London Town [DVD] [1946] (DVD)
What a surprise to see a complete print of this film appear on DVD. The British Film institute did a wonderful job (about 30 years ago) in restoring a much shortened version of this film. This appears to be the complete version - unfortunately it is not digitally restored - the colour and contrast are both variable with blemishes, but it is certainly watchable if you are not too fussy. I am giving it five stars due to its rarity - I cannot imagine where Odeon have managed to find this.

The story line is very thin and rather silly.

The main reason for buying this film would be to enjoy the songs, dances and sketches. You will see Petula Clark (as a child star), Kay Kendall (of Genevieve fame in her first film appearance), Comedian Sid Field, Comedian/Songstress Tessie O'Shea, Beryl Davis, Jack Parnell and a host of others in Technicolor. Indeed this was the very first British feature length musical to be made in Technicolor.

Songs include "My Heart Goes Crazy" (perhaps the best number in the film); "So Would I"; "If Spring Were Here to Stay"; "You Can't keep a Good Dreamer Down" (which Sid Fields sings to Petula Clark). You will also learn a "new" dance "The Hampstead Way". There is also a sequence which appears to be taken on location on the Thames around Windsor and Eton and a (studio) Cockney sequence on Hampstead Heath with the purley kings and queens doing a medley of tunes "Don't Dilly Dally", "Any Old Iron" (with Tessie O'Shea) etc.

This film cost a fortune to make - it went way over budget and up months of Studio time, with a large supporting cast and amazing settings - all at a time when Britain had barely recovered from the second world war.

Well worth a look especially at the bargain price. The like of this will never be seen again!
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