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Tonight at 8:30 (1952)

Meet Me Tonight (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 6 May 1953 (USA)
An omnibus of three Noel Coward tales: the first, "The Red Peppers" (featuring Kay Walsh, Ted Ray, Martita Hunt, Frank Pettingell and Bill Fraser) about a bickering vaudeville couple who ... See full summary »


Anthony Pelissier (as Anthony Pélissier)


Noël Coward (based on three plays from: "Tonight At 8.30"), George Barraud (additional dialogue {segment "Ways and Means"})


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Ray Ted Ray ... George Pepper (segment "Red Peppers")
Kay Walsh ... Lily Pepper (segment "Red Peppers")
Martita Hunt ... Mabel Grace (segment "Red Peppers")
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Bert Bentley (segment "Red Peppers")
Frank Pettingell ... Mr. Edwards (segment "Red Peppers")
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Stage Manager (segment "Red Peppers")
Ian Wilson ... Call Boy (segment "Red Peppers")
Stanley Holloway ... Henry Gow (segment "Fumed Oak: An Unpleasant Comedy")
Betty Ann Davies ... Doris Gow (segment "Fumed Oak: An Unpleasant Comedy")
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Rockett (segment "Fumed Oak: An Unpleasant Comedy")
Dorothy Gordon ... Elsie Gow (segment "Fumed Oak: An Unpleasant Comedy")
Valerie Hobson ... Stella Cartwright (segment "Ways and Means")
Nigel Patrick ... Toby Cartwright (segment "Ways and Means")
Jack Warner ... Murdoch (segment "Ways and Means")
Jessie Royce Landis ... Olive Lloyd Ransome (segment "Ways and Means")


An omnibus of three Noel Coward tales: the first, "The Red Peppers" (featuring Kay Walsh, Ted Ray, Martita Hunt, Frank Pettingell and Bill Fraser) about a bickering vaudeville couple who form an alliance when some of their company start to needle them, and ends up in some non-amusing slapstick. The second episode is "Fumed Oak" (with Stanley Holloway, Betty Ann Davies, Mary Merrall and Dorothy Gordon) is about a squabbling, middle-class family where Holloway has to contend with a ghastly mother-in-law, a selfish wife and a whining, complaining child and, after 17 years, tells each of them off and departs their company. The third segment is "Ways and Means" (with Valerie Hobson, Nigel Patrick, Jack Warner and Jessie Royce Landis) about a pair of parasites who go from city to city as non-paying guests of wealthy acquaintances. A wealthy American widow is trying to quietly kick them out of her French Riviera home, and the couple, needing funds to get to Venice, hatch a scheme to fleece ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Segment "Red Peppers" Scene: A Variety Theatre in a small English provincial town.

Segment "Fumed Oak: An Unpleasant Comedy Scene": A house in a London suburb.

Segment "Ways and Means" Scene: The south of France. See more »


George Pepper: Bert Bentley's the best conductor in the north of England!
Lily Pepper: You and your Bert Bentley. Just because he stands you pints at the local, you think he's Toscanini.
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Version of We Were Dancing (1942) See more »


You Were There
by Noël Coward
Orchestrated and Conducted by Eric Rogers
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A downhill ride
11 July 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

This is a collection of three short Noel Coward plays, which I watched despite reading only bad reviews about it. Well, they were right, and here's another bad review. The first play, at 25 minutes, is quite tolerable - has some very corny jokes, as a pro, and some awfully contrived acting as a definite con. With different actors, this could have been quite good, because it was a pretty interesting little tale. It easily could have done with another fifteen or so minutes run time as well. The second play, at 20 minutes, was...well...I don't think I have the words. It was BAD, but compelling, in a bizarre way. One of those things that makes you keep asking, "my god, did he REALLY say THAT???" The third one, at 40 minutes, was the killer, not even the always delightful Valerie Hobson could save it; the last 5 minutes luckily made up for the other 35 minutes of pain.

Recommended only for the very bored ;)

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