Me and Marlborough

Me and Marlborough is a 1935 British comedy film, directed by Victor Saville, and starring Cicely Courtneidge, Tom Walls, Barry MacKay, Peter Gawthorne, Henry Oscar and Cecil Parker.[1]

Me and Marlborough
Opening title card
Directed byVictor Saville
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byMarjorie Gaffney
Ian Hay
W.P. Lipscomb
Reginald Pound
StarringCicely Courtneidge
Tom Walls
Barry McKay
Peter Gawthorne
Henry Oscar
Cecil Parker
Music byLouis Levy
Jack Beaver
CinematographyCurt Courant
Charles Van Enger
Edited byMichael Gordon
Distributed byGainsborough Pictures
Gaumont
Release date
1935
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Sergeant Cummings searches Kit Ross's pub for a deserter drummer boy. When he finds the lad, Kit leads the pub patrons in attacking the sergeant's men, and the young man gets away, for which she is put in stocks. While there, she plans her impending wedding to Dick Welch. However, Cummings gets his revenge. On the night of the wedding, he tricks Dick into taking a shilling, which means he has enlisted in the army. She watches as a ship takes him to the fighting. Undaunted, she disguises herself as a man named Simon and joins up with the Duke of Marlborough's army in Flanders to find her missing husband.[2][3]

Cast

Reception

Writing for The Spectator, Graham Greene criticized the theatrical qualities of Courtneidge's performance, claiming that "I found myself too embarrassed by Miss Courtneidge's facial contortions to appreciate their share. Miss Courtneidge is used to throwing her effects to the back row of a theatre gallery, and the camera is not kind to her exaggerations".[4]

References

  1. "Me and Marlborough (1935)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | ME AND MARLBOROUGH (1935)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. "Me and Marlborough | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. Greene, Graham (6 September 1935). "Dood Wasser/Me and Marlborough". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 19. ISBN 0192812866.)


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