After the Ball (1957 film)

After the Ball is a 1957 British biographical film directed by Compton Bennett and starring Pat Kirkwood, Laurence Harvey and Jerry Stovin.[1] It portrays the life of the stage performer Vesta Tilley.[2] It was made at Beaconsfield Studios.

After the Ball
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Directed byCompton Bennett
Produced byPeter Rogers
Written byPeter Blackmore
Hubert Gregg
StarringPat Kirkwood
Laurence Harvey
Jerry Stovin
Music byKen Jones (Uncredited)
Eric Rogers (Uncredited)
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byPeter Boita
Distributed byIndependent Film Distributors
Release date
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, and wrote, "(Pat) Kirkwood puts zest into the rousing music-hall numbers that made Tilley an enduring star, but the script trudges on and the wait between musical moments may not be worth the reward. It's incomprehensible how director Compton Bennett and writers Hubert Gregg and Peter Blackmore could have made such a yawn out of such a good true story."[3]


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