Let the People Sing (film)

Let the People Sing is a 1942 British comedy film directed by John Baxter,[1] and starring Alastair Sim, Fred Emney and Edward Rigby. The film's sets were designed by R. Holmes Paul. It was made at Elstree Studios.[2]

Let the People Sing
Original British lobby card
Directed byJohn Baxter
Produced byJohn Baxter
Wallace Orton
Written byJohn Baxter
Barbara K. Emary
Geoffrey Orme
J.B. Priestley (novel)
StarringAlastair Sim
Fred Emney
Edward Rigby
Music byKennedy Russell
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byJack Harris
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation
Release date
10 August 1942
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The screenplay concerns a small town that bands together to try to save their music hall from closure. It was based on the novel Let the People Sing by J. B. Priestley.[3]

Main cast

Critical reception

Time Out wrote "John Baxter was the British director probably least patronising and most sympathetic to the working classes and their culture during the '30s and '40s, and even if his films now often seem naïve and simplistic, it's good at least to see an honest and humorous attempt to deal with life outside Mayfair. Less scathing than Love on the Dole (his best known film), this adaptation of a JB Priestley novel is a spritely, vaguely Capra-esque comedy...Fred Emney steals the show as a government arbitrator susceptible to the charms of alcohol."[1]



  • Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Routledge, 1992.

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