Keep Smiling (1938 film)

Keep Smiling is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Monty Banks and starring Gracie Fields, Roger Livesey and Mary Maguire. The film follows a group of performers who club together to buy a bus and travel around the country doing shows after they are cheated out of money by an ex-manager.

Keep Smiling
Directed byMonty Banks
Produced byRobert Kane
Written byRodney Ackland
William M. Conselman
Val Valentine
StarringGracie Fields
Roger Livesey
Mary Maguire
Music byBretton Byrd
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byJames B. Clark
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
12 August 1938
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


It was the second film made by Fields under her contract with 20th Century Fox. It was made at Pinewood Studios[1] with sets designed by the art director Oscar Friedrich Werndorff. It was retitled Smiling Along to avoid confusion with another film with the same name, released by Fox in America the same year, and starring Jane Withers.



  1. Wood p.89


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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