Up with the Lark (1943)

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Land girls unmask black marketeers.


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11 December 2018 | drednm
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| Ethel Revnell and Gracie West
This now-forgotten comedy team had a long run in England as a stage and radio act, known as The Long and the Short. They appeared in a handful of movies in the 1930s and 40s, and this was their final appearance.

Ethel Revnell (the tall one) takes center stage here with Gracie West (the short one) tagging along. They play a pair of inept switchboard operators who get fired but then catch their boss loading up a truck with goods. They suspect black market doings and investigate. But they get caught in a police raid and are jailed.

Because they can identify the crooks that got away, they are enlisted by the coppers to pose as "land girls" and go to work on a farm where they can spy on the crooks. Of course the two city girls don't get along with farm work and comedy ensues. Revnell also sings "Up with the Lark" and " Let's Go Cuckoo."

Their broad brand of comedy (think Abbott and Costello) was popular in the day though today it seems quite over the top. Film co-stars Lesley Osmond as Mabel, Ivor Barnard as the ghost, Ian Fleming as Swallow, Anthony Holles as Martel, and Anthony Hulme as Britt.

Released on DVD along with their THE BALLOON GOES UP.

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