Bar maid Belle (Violet Loraine) is in love with the owner of the inn where she works, a young and handsome member of the gentry, Archie (Edwin Styles). He's lost a lot of money on a race, ...
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Bar maid Belle (Violet Loraine) is in love with the owner of the inn where she works, a young and handsome member of the gentry, Archie (Edwin Styles). He's lost a lot of money on a race, and two acquaintances, Dick (Hartley Power) and Chester (Emlyn Williams), are about to get him to sign the inn over to them when Belle convinces co-worker Sam (Gordon Harker), who's in love with her, to buy it instead. When Archie won't marry her, she leaves the inn and becomes famous with her beautiful voice, singing, among other songs, "There's No Green Grass Round the Old North Pole" and "Let the Great, Big World Keep Turning." She marries Archie, they have a child, Archie dies during WWI, Belle loses her voice and for many years winters in warm climates whilst her daughter, Kitty (Aileen Marson), grows up in the care of Archie's aunt (Marie Lohr). Sam goes out to Nice and convinces Belle to return to sing at the inn, which has become a fancy road house. Sam has partnered with Dick and Chester, ...
This musical is flawed like so many because it can't decide quite which type of plot it wants to be, a crime thriller, or a comedy, or anything.
But in between, we can see that once great star of musical comedy, Violet Loraine, who reprises one of her great numbers Let the Great Big World Keep Turning, plus three other songs. Then there's Gordon Harker who adds his own touches of humour, including a nice moment with a little wannabee Shirley Temple a-dancin' and a-skippin'.
Violet's best song is kept for last, she puts a lot into What a Little Moonlight can Do, and the finale is nothing like Busby Berkeley, nothing at all, except there are a few girls, there is a swimming pool, they do get quite excited as they remove their evening best and dip wildly into the water. It's a pleasing madcap end to a muddled film, which does offer some fine moments that preserve the presence of a great star.
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