22 January 2018 | boblipton
After This, Gracie Took a Ship to the US
Gracie Fields is getting tired of playing the provincial music halls, but she's appalled when her father-manager, Sydney Howard, takes her savings and buys a pub right by the Tyneside. It's a busy place -- until the next day, when the yards are closed down. She's just about to lose the place when word comes that Morton Selten is to write a binding recommendation to Parliament whether to start building ships again. Gracie is deputed to carry a petition to him, but cannot see him; finally, she impersonates an American singer at a party and wins his attention by singing "Danny Boy." But before she can speak to him....
Miss Fields gets a fine comic bit in which she sneaks into a men's club wearing a magician's outfit that keeps doing tricks. She also sings several songs, including one awful original number, "I Got the Jitterbug" and one lovely number, :Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye" and, in general, holds up her end as the Queen of the Lancashire Lassies. It was off to Hollywood after this, where, despite four movies over the next six years, she never quite connected as hoped with the audiences, so it was back to the U.K. and the Music Halls. Still, this is a lively movie for her, and a sure pleasure for her fans.