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Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 January 1953 (USA)
In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Smart

Writers:

Michael Pertwee (screenplay), Jack Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
Margaret Rutherford ... Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Clair
Kay Kendall ... Sandra Beverley
Michael Medwin ... Jerry Winterton
Olive Sloane ... Maud Baron
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Norwood Beverley
Lloyd Lamble ... Jackson
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Daphne Ray
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... George
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Sarah Stebbins
Maggie Hanley Maggie Hanley ... Mary (as Margaret Avery)
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Vicar
Joan Hickson ... Harry's Landlady
John Cazabon ... Mr Stebbins
Diana Calderwood Diana Calderwood ... Set Painter
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Storyline

In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's directors. The producer doesn't try to hide his annoyance about it, and is further exercised when the authoress herself arrives to help. The cast have to try and sort out real-life problems that keep intruding as they wrestle with the play's dire dialogue. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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theater | based on play | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Premiere findet doch statt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Constellation Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film starred Margaret Rutherford and Joan Hickson who both later played Miss Marple in adaptations of Agatha Christie's novels. See more »

Quotes

[Daphne arrives for rehearsal, bright and cheerful]
Daphne Ray: Oh, George, darling, are you going upstairs?
George: No.
Daphne Ray: Well, on your way, would you mind shutting Dumpy in the dressing room. Thank you.
[she hands him her dog]
Daphne Ray: [she kisses the dog] Sweetie pie. Go with Uncle Georgie. And if you ask Uncle Georgie very nicely, he might give you a little drinkie-winkie.
George: [mutters] Cor blimey.
Jerry Winterton: Please may I be sickie-wickie?
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the days of rep
14 October 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Once upon a time most cities and towns would have a theatre which had a repertory theatre where popular plays would be presented for a week at a time.TV was responsible for the demise of this form of theatre.This film shows all the pitfalls that arose with the putting on of plays.Margaret Rutherford and Robert Morley are the reliable leads in this amusing comedy..


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