Spanish Eyes (film)

Spanish Eyes is a 1930 British musical film directed by G. B. Samuelson and starring Anthony Ireland, Donald Calthrop and Dennis Noble.[1] It had a gypsy theme and was made at Twickenham Studios in West London. The film was made at night, to allow other more important productions to use the studio in the daytime - a common practice at Twickenham during the era.

Spanish Eyes
Directed byG. B. Samuelson
StarringAnthony Ireland
Dennis Noble
Donald Calthrop
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Release date
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film became known for the death of Nita Foy, a West End chorus girl who was working on the film, in what became known as "the Film Studio Horror".[2] Foy was invited to Donald Calthrop's dressing room for a drink where her costume caught fire.[3] Although the inquest exonerated him Calthrop's career never entirely recovered from the incident.[4]



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