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Champagne Charlie (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 6 August 1948 (USA)
The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Austin Melford (original screenplay), John Dighton (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ... George Leybourne (Champagne Charlie)
Stanley Holloway ... The Great Vance
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Bessie Bellwood
Jean Kent ... Dolly (Bessie's Daughter)
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Duckworth (Chairman of the Mogador)
Harry Fowler ... 'Orace
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Bessie's Dresser
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Cora (Mogador Barmaid)
Bill Shine ... Mogador Stage Manager (as Billy Shine)
Guy Middleton ... Tipsy Swell
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Learoyd
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Gatti (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Targetino
Austin Trevor ... The Duke
Peter De Greef Peter De Greef ... Lord Petersfield (His Son) (as Peter De Greeff)
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Storyline

With London of the 1860s and the gas-lit music halls providing the locale, most of the first half of the film is taken up with either Tommy Trinder or Stanley Holloway singing songs. The plot concerns a feud between two music halls and, then, their joint efforts to keep from being closed by municipal authorities. Supporting the two singing stars are Betty Warren, owner of one of the music halls; her daughter, Jean Kent, who is in love with a nobleman, and Harry Fowler as a backstage assistant. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sob duas bandeiras See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Hazel Court. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the year of Grace 1860, two brothers set out from the mining village of Leybourne for London Town . . . . See more »

Soundtracks

I Do Like a Little Drop of Gin
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Music by Billy Mayerl
Lyrics by Frank Eyton
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Forgotten every song already
28 March 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Joe/George (Tommy Trinder) and the Great Vance (Stanley Holloway) have a Music-Hall rivalry in the ale-houses of Victorian England. When the theatre owners threaten to close down the music-halls, George and Vance come together to fight off the threat.

There is strangely no romance for the lead characters in this story. This is given to Jean Kent as "Dolly" to play out with some complete non-entity. It has relevance to the story but, unfortunately, the story isn't exactly gripping. We are subjected to lots of forgettable songs that all sound the same. The most memorable part of the film is an amusing section about a duel between the two main rivals and it is actually quite funny. Far better than the appalling attempt at making a humorous duel scene that was made by another British film, "Vice Versa", in 1948. "Champagne Charlie" passes the time, reminds us of a time now forgotten, and you will enjoy the film if you like boring sing-a-longs.


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