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After the Ball (1957)

The life and loves of Music hall singer Vesta Tilley, who married into the nobility.


Compton Bennett


Hubert Gregg (screenplay), Peter Blackmore (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Kirkwood ... Vesta Tilley
Laurence Harvey ... Walter de Frece
Jerry Stovin Jerry Stovin ... Frank Tanhill
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Harry Ball
Clive Morton ... Henry de Frece
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Bessie
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Richard Warner
Ballard Berkeley ... Andrews
Margaret Sawyer Margaret Sawyer ... 'Little Tilley' / Vesta Tilley as a Child
Franklyn Scott Franklyn Scott ... Doctor
Concepta Fennell Concepta Fennell ... Nurse
Una Venning Una Venning ... Matron
David Hurst ... Perelli
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Customs Officer
Philip Ashley Philip Ashley ... Ship's Officer


The life and loves of Music hall singer Vesta Tilley, who married into the nobility.

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Release Date:

13 August 1957 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last film of Charles Victor. See more »

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I absolutely LOVED this movie!
1 February 2018 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

What sourpusses among the other reviewers for this lovely film, covering the British hall music era from 1880's to after the WW1 era, and in particular one very famous male impersonator singer, dancer entertainer named Vesta Tilly. I thought Pat Kirkwood's Vesta Tilly was WONDERFUL! Even inspirational. I was happy the movie didn't shortchange scenes of actual stage performances. For the first time I actually enjoyed a performance by Laurence Harvey as Vesta's husband and manager, for once he wasn't cold and taciturn in a role but warm, smiling, supportive and loving. He should have played more characters like this one! The old songs were great to hear and if you flip on subtitles you can sing along with the original lyrics to the great old tunes. This movie was made in the 1950's so there would be people in their 70's or older still alive who would have remembered Vesta and her popularity on the English music hall stages of the turn of that century. I was left with a warm glow watching this movie. You can see it for free with an Amazon Prime membership streaming if you have a ROKU or similar device. Take yourself out of the harsh modern era and go back to a time when entertainment was more wholesome and enjoyable and just plain fun.

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