Those Were the Days (1934)

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A farce based on Arthur Wing Pinero's play "The Magistrate", in which the son of a stern magistrate visits a music hall against the wishes of his father. In true farcical style, the ... See full summary »


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29 October 2006 | Spondonman
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| The Good Old Days
This is a history capsule not only of Victorian times but the 1930's too. Pinero wrote his play The Magistrate in 1885 which can wreak havoc with the extraneous musical chronology if you're bothered - for example Two Lovely Black Eyes was first performed in May 1886. Not been on the TV for decades now (I last saw it in 1984) - I wonder if it's because of the 3 minute black-face minstrel number that UK TV has banned it?

The plot involves a farcical situation between judge Hay and his young stepson Mills and Hay's straitlaced wife and sister (and her beau) that develops at an insalubrious Music Hall. "Walter" Patch as Inspector Briggs had some good lines, and even 16 year old Jimmy Hanley came in near the end. All of which is overshadowed for me by the actual turns themselves, Lily Morris and Harry Bedford in particular. Although she was 50 and the glory days were long behind she had another 18 years to go treading the boards. It's a wonderful glimpse into a form of entertainment that started to disappear during World War 1, this film was really only made for elderly and nostalgic cinema patrons but thank Heavens! Favourite bits: I'll be your sweetheart; When I take my morning promenade; A little bit off the top; Lily of Laguna - inviting the cinema audience to sing along, same as Nellie Dean in King Of Jazz; the Little Tich impersonator; Follow the van.

Marvellous stuff if you like British Music Hall, not much here for you if you don't.

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Release Date:

1 October 1934

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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