Young Man's Fancy (film)

Young Man's Fancy is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Anna Lee, Griffith Jones, and Seymour Hicks. The screenplay concerns an aristocratic Englishman who is unhappily engaged to a brewery heiress but meets Ada, an Irish human cannonball, during a visit to a music hall and falls in love with her. Together they are trapped in Paris during the Siege of Paris.

Young Man's Fancy
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Produced byS.C. Balcon
Written byRodney Ackland
E.V.H. Emmett
Roland Pertwee
Robert Stevenson
StarringAnna Lee
Griffith Jones
Seymour Hicks
Martita Hunt
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byRalph Kemplen
Charles Saunders
Distributed byABFD
Release date
August 1939
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The screenplay was written by Roland Pertwee and Stevenson, with additional dialogue by Rodney Ackland and E.V.H. Emmett. The character of Ada, written especially for Anna Lee by Stevenson, her husband, is "based on Zazel, the original 'human cannon ball', who thrilled London audiences in the [eighteen] nineties by being shot from a cannon"[1] — however, "for the purposes of the film … the period [of the screenplay] has been put back to the seventies".[2]


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