A documentary tracing the history of 35 years of musicals on film.
Made in 1964.
Compilation of lots of extracts - check copyright especially for feature films.
High angle shot of what looks like a set representing a radio studio. Orchestra plays and man rushes through the door to the microphone. C/U of the Stanley Lupino who is performing a song which may be called "What's Her Name" from the film "You Made Me Love You". Pete Murphy talks about the Lupinos - England's oldest theatrical family. He introduces Stanley, Laddie Cliff and John Wood who perform "a fast and funny number." The three singers wear tail suits and do a little choreographed routine to the song "Side By Side" from the film "Over She Goes". They walk around a hotel setting singing their song. Excellent camera work! The boys do a tap routine as couples dance a fox-trot around the outside of the dance floor. As the song ends they stand on a magic carpet which whisks them away (stop frame animation).
The "cheeky chipmunk" is next - Jessie Matthews appearing in her first film "Out of the Blue". She kneels on the floor by the fireside and sings a torch song. Gene Gerrard is the star of the film. Jessie loves him but he prefers Kay Hammond.
Carl Brisson - Danish actor - is seen in his first talkie "Chelsea Nights." He sings a song at the piano (may be called "My Ideal"). Pete tells us that Carl was a champion boxer - middle weight champion of Europe as well as being "cute"!
Maurice Chevalier is featured next. He sings a romantic song to a young Margaret Lockwood "You Look So Sweet Madame" - this song is from the film "Beloved Vagabond". They flirt together.
Bobby Howes sings a love song to Rene Ray. They sit on a garden swinging chair. He keeps moving closer to her and she shuffles along the seat trying to get away from him. The song is called "You Give Me Ideas" from the film "Please Teacher".
Bobby Howes does a routine with the "Mighty Vera Pearce" - a rather large woman. This is from the film "Please Teacher". It is a comedy routine revolving around the fact that she is big and burly and throws him around a bit. The routine is performed in a cabaret club setting in front of a band. Diners laugh at their antics. They fall over and Bobby is thrown across a table. It is a parody of the "Apache" style of dancing and the Tango. Pete Murray observes: "Yes, you needed more than a voice to be a star of British musicals back in 1938."
Reel 4. Compilation of lots of extracts - check copyright especially for feature films.
C/U of Mary Ellis and Trefor (sic) Jones singing a song in Mary's only film "Glamorous Night."
Gisele Preville sings an Ivor Novello song in "The Dancing Years." Dressed in Edwardian clothes Giselle sings a song with a group of people sitting at tables in an outdoor setting.
M/Ss of Lance Fairfax singing the Toreador song ("Gypsy Blood") in "Carmen" in 1931.
Harry Welchman is seen performing in "Maid of the Mountains". He sings a love song dressed in a military costume, an unknown actress is the object of of his affections.
An operatic song "I Give My Heart" is performed in 1935 in the Elstree film of the same name by Gitta Alpar. The song is performed in a Regency setting, on the balcony of a very grand house.
"My Song Goes Around the World" features the song "My Love My Life" sung in Italian by Joseph Schmidt - a Tenor from Vienna. Actors and actresses stand and listen to his song.
In the film "Blossom Time" the song "Thine is my Heart" is sung by Richard Tauber to a large audience. There is an exchange of looks between a man and a woman in the audience. The man in military uniform looks down on the woman from a box. She smiles then turns back to watch the singer.
Note: see other reels. There is a documentation file for this film. Includes music cue sheets and some correspondence between Terry Ashwood and Harry Wynder.