Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 10 Feb 2008
Cert: Not Rated
Featuring Love, Life & Laughter / Sing As We Go Sally In Our Alley / Looking On The Bright Side Queen of Hearts / Look Up and Laugh The Show Goes On Born in Rochdale, Gracie Fields was a comedienne and singer who charmed English Music Hall audiences with her Northern Lass persona before becoming a top box-office draw at the cinema and Britain’s highest paid actress during the depression-ridden inter-war years of the 1930’s. Her film career spanned over an impressive 15 years and many of her best performances are seen in the films in this box-set. LOVE, LIFE & LAUGHTER (1934) / SING AS WE GO (1934) In Love, Life & Laughter, a modern interpretation of the romance between Nell Gwyn and Charles 1, Gracie plays publican’s daughter Nellie, who falls Prince Charles of Granau only to be let down in love when duty and ascension to the throne means he cannot continue the romance. In the second film on this disc, Grace finds herself out of work when the local mill closes. She heads to Blackpool to find a job where her (mis)-adventures include a serious of interesting career choices, playing cupid to her two friends, and helping to negotiate the re-opening of the mill into which she will triumphantly lead the workers back, singing her defiant slogan Sing As We Go. SALLY IN OUR ALLEY (1931) / LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (1932) Sally In Our Alley sees Gracie a waitress and singer, whose performances in his coffee shop have saved Sam Bilson from ruin. Sally has also taken street urchin Florrie under her wing, but is betrayed by the girl when Sally’s former sweetheart George returns, seemingly from the dead, after 10 years away. Florrie is jealous of Sally and so lies to George in order to prevent a happy reunion between the couple... In Looking on the Bright Side Gracie stars as a manicurist with a promising voice, whose hairdresser’s assistant sweetheart Laurie has a gift for song. Persuaded by Jose, an actress he knows, Laurie goes to see her manager, and when Gracie performs his first published song, the chance of stardom beckons for both. QUEEN OF HEARTS (1936) / LOOK UP AND LAUGH (1935) In Queen of Hearts Gracie stars as a lowly seamstress working opposite a theatre who, when returning a coat to the leading man backstage one day, gets mistaken for a rich woman willing to back the show if she has the lead in it. Look Up And Laugh sees touring variety artist Gracie come to the rescue of her father and his fellow market stall holders when the owner of a neighbouring big store threatens to close the market and build an extension to his own premises. Matters are complicated when Grace’s brother is revealed to be madly in love with the store owner’s daughter. THE SHOW GOES ON (1937) Sally Field is a mill girl whose dream of singing on stage in London has ended with her instead busking on the sands. When a composer discovers her and takes her under his wing to perform his sentimental ballads, it’s Sally’s reinvention of them with her own unique comic talents that finally makes them a hit and rockets her to the stardom she has always longed for.