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Let the People Sing (August 10, 1942)

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Let the People Sing
 

Released on August 10, 1942: The leaders of the small town of Dunbury, England are torn between turning the town music hall into a museum or a plastics factory showroom, but the people still want a music hall.

Produced by John Baxter

Directed by John Baxter

The Actors: Alistair Sim (Professor Ernst Kronak), Fred Emney (Sir George Denberry-Baxter), Edward Rigby (Timmy Tiverton), Oliver Wakefield (Sir Reginald Foxfield), Patricia Roc (Hope Ollerton), James Cardwell (Ben, a student), Annie Esmond (Lady Foxfield), Maire O'Neill (Mrs. Mitterley), Gus McNaughton (Ketley), Charles Hawtrey (young Orton), Peter Gawthorne (Major Shiptonthorpe), Aubrey Mallalieu (Commander Spofforth), G.H. Mulcaster (Inspector), Wally Patch (Sam), Horace Kenney (Walter Shepton), Morris Harvey (Jim Flagg), Ida Barr (Katie), Spencer Trevor (Colonel Hazelhead), Robert Atkins (Hassock), Diana Beaumont (secretary), Syd Crossley (uncle Alfred), A. Bromley Davenport (Agent), Charles Doe (Mayor), Alexander Field (Packles Junior), Ian Fleming (United Plastics barrister), Richard George (Tom Largs), Leopold Glasspoole (Pelham), Michael Martin Harvey (Handover), W.T. Holland (unknown), David Keir (Mr. Finningley), Henry B. Longhurst (unknown), Eliot Makeham (town clerk), George Merritt (Police Sergeant), Mignon O'Doherty (Doctor Buckley), Stan Paskin (attendant), Maurice Rhodes (unknown), Alan Tomkins (unknown), Peter Ustinov (Doctor Bentika), Sam Wilkinson (unknown), Joss Ambler (unknown), Frank Atkinson (unknown), Cecil Bevan (unknown), Beckett Bould (unknown), Laurence Hanray (unknown), James Knight (unknown), Raymond Lovell (unknown), Arthur Maude (unknown), Billy Merson (unknown), Robert Brooks Turner (unknown), Charles Victor (unknown), H. Victor Weske (unknown), Ben Williams (unknown)

 
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Money-Grubbers, Snobs and Half-Wits

Since the day that actors first attempted to entertain us, the best stories are built on characters . . . the unique and peculiar personalities that make us all different. When I watch an actor who can project a really convincing character I can usually think of a real life friend or neighbor that is much like that character . . . We all know people that are lovable, but unique with character traits that are a bit quirky . . . Now of course you and I don't have any quirky traits, of course, it is everyone around us . . . . ahem . . . The sleepy little village of Dunbury, Englad has a town music hall that was built and given to the town by Sir James Foxfield many years ago. Today grandson Sir Reginald is a young mama's boy who doesn't know or particularly care what happens to the music hall that his grandfather built . . . But his mama, Lady Foxfield, heads up a town committee whose goal it is to turn the music hall into a town museum to showcase the past glories of Dunbury . . . . They constitute the 'Snobs' part of the town in this story. At the edge of town is a big plastic factory that makes plastic ash trays and other commercial products, and they would like to purchase the music hall and convert it into a showplace for their products . . . They constitute the 'Money-Grubbers' group in this story . . . The snobs want to dedicate the music hall to events of the past, and the money-grubbers want to use the hall to move into the future . . . Neither goal is particularly evil, in fact both can be demonstrated to be worthy goals. So when a good goal that preserves the past collides with a group who have a vision for the future, what is to be done? Oh, and the Half-Wits . . . Well, the new doctor in town claims that at one end of town are the old snobs, at the other end of town are the money-grubbers, and the town itself is full of half-wits that don't know or care what goes on. One day a travelling salesman of some sort hits town with his beautiful young niece, played by Patricia Roc, and two men they picked up on the road who were hiding from the police. The salesman has rented the music hall to put on an entertainment performance and then sell his wares, but the town has shut down the hall while they decide on whether to make the hall a museum to the past or a product showcase of the future. Our entertaining and quirky characters, including one of the greatest British character actors, Alastair Sim, decide to rouse the half-wit people and get them to revolt against the town leaders. It will take a gin-soaked character, Sir George Denberry-Baxter from a nearby town to settle the dispute, but along the way we will enjoy a cast of humorous yet sincere characters, much like the characters who surround us every day. Watch the scene in the plastics company office for an early apperance in a bit part of actor Peter Ustinov as Doctor Bentika . . . watch closely, he is only on screen for a few seconds, and without the close-up that his career would demand in later years as he hit his fame. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alastair Sim and Edward Rigby
Alastair Sim and Edward Rigby
Alastair Sim and Richard George
Alastair Sim and Richard George
Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim
Annie Esmond and Oliver Wakefield
Annie Esmond and Oliver Wakefield
Annie Esmond
Annie Esmond
Aubrey Mallalieu
Aubrey Mallalieu
Edward Rigby and Leopold Glasspoole
Edward Rigby and Leopold Glasspoole
Edward Rigby and Olive Sloane
Edward Rigby and Olive Sloane
Edward Rigby
Edward Rigby
Fred Emney
Fred Emney
Fred Emney and Charles Doe
Fred Emney and Charles Doe
Fred Emney and Leopold Glasspoole
Fred Emney and Leopold Glasspoole
Fred Emney and Oliver Wakefield
Fred Emney and Oliver Wakefield
Fred Emney
Fred Emney

Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming

Ida Barr
Ida Barr
Leopold Glasspoole and Fred Emney
Leopold Glasspoole and Fred Emney
Leopold Glasspoole
Leopold Glasspoole
Leopold Glasspoole
Leopold Glasspoole
Maire O'Neill
Maire O'Neill
Michael Martin Harvey
Michael Martin Harvey
Michael Martin Harvey
Michael Martin Harvey
Mignon O'Doherty
Mignon O'Doherty
Olive Sloane and Fred Emney
Olive Sloane and Fred Emney
Olive Sloane
Olive Sloane
Oliver Wakefield
Oliver Wakefield
Oliver Wakefield and Leopold Glasspoole
Oliver Wakefield and Leopold Glasspoole
Oliver Wakefield and Patricia Roc
Oliver Wakefield and Patricia Roc
Oliver Wakefield and Patricia Roc
Oliver Wakefield and Patricia Roc
Oliver Wakefield
Oliver Wakefield
Patricia Roc
Patricia Roc
Patricia Roc, Alastair Sim and Edward Rigby
Patricia Roc, Alastair Sim and Edward Rigby
Patricia Roc, Edward Rigby and Alastair Sim
Patricia Roc, Edward Rigby and Alastair Sim
Patricia Roc and Edward Rigby
Patricia Roc and Edward Rigby
Patricia Roc
Patricia Roc
Robert Atkins
Robert Atkins
Wally Patch
Wally Patch