Aunt Sally (film)

Aunt Sally is a 1933 British musical comedy film directed by Tim Whelan and starring Cicely Courtneidge, Sam Hardy and Phyllis Clare. The film was made by Gainsborough Pictures at their Islington Studios,[1] and released in the U.S. as Along Came Sally.[2]

Aunt Sally
Directed byTim Whelan
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byGuy Bolton
Austin Melford
A.R. Rawlinson
Tim Whelan
StarringCicely Courtneidge
Sam Hardy
Phyllis Clare
Hartley Power
Music byHarry M. Woods
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byDerek N. Twist
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
Release date
December 1933
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An American impresario trying to set up his new show in London tries to fend off an enthusiastic English performer's attempts to get in his show. She eventually tricks him into giving her the lead part by disguising herself as a French star.


Critical reception

The New York Times found Cicely Courtneidge "not nearly as hilarious as most of the characters in "Along Came Sally" seem to believe," the reviewer concluding that the film has "several fair songs, an equal number of laughs and some dance routines that unsuccessfully ape the grand Hollywood manner";[3] whereas more recently, the Radio Times noted "A vehicle for the irrepressible comedienne and musical comedy star Cicely Courtneidge," calling it, a "good-natured and thoroughly silly little British musical," and concluding, "this is a romp for addicts of 1930s English nostalgia who will enjoy the numbers performed by such forgotten acts of the time."[4]



  • Cook, Pam. Gainsborough Pictures. Cassell, 1997.

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