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London Town (1946)

An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star ... See full summary »


Wesley Ruggles


Elliot Paul (screenplay), Sig Herzig (screenplay) (as Sigfried Herzig) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Field Sid Field ... Jerry Sanford
Greta Gynt ... Mrs. Eve Barry
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Herself
Claude Hulbert Claude Hulbert ... Belgrave - Charlie's Dresser
Sonnie Hale ... Charlie de Haven
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Gates
Petula Clark ... Peggy Sanford
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... George
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Stage Manager
Lucas Hoving Lucas Hoving ... Dancer (as Lucas Hovinga)
Marion Saunders Marion Saunders ... Obligato in 'Street Singer'
Charles Paton ... Novelty Shopkeeper
Beryl Davis Beryl Davis ... Paula
Scotty McHarg Scotty McHarg ... Bill (as 'Scotty' McHarg)
W.G. Fay W.G. Fay ... Mike


An aging music hall performer returns to London believing he's the star of a new show. When he discovers that he's only slated to be the understudy, his daughter sabotages the revue's star in order to get him back into the spotlight. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 September 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arco-Íris Musical See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Feature-film debut of Susan Shaw. See more »


Belgrave: [to Peggy] God help the male population when you grow up!
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Alternate Versions

UK premiere version (126 mins) UK theatrical release print (95 mins)(shortened, re-edited) US theatrical release print (75 mins) See more »


Featured in The Story of Light Entertainment: The Comics (2006) See more »


The 'Ampstead Way
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Kay Kendall, Sid Field with Jack Parnell
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Better than reputation
16 August 2016 | by stephen-wallinSee all my reviews

Now that the full film is finally available on DVD, complete with the deleted scenes restored in the right order, the film is no longer to be seen as such a turkey. It lost money, embarrassed it's backer's, affected careers, and was badly directed by Wesley Ruggles, brought in at Sid Fields request. It still suffers from a missing laughter track in some sketches, and due to his sudden demise, few know Sid Fields huge reputation as a top comic. Rank tore the film apart in efforts to get it through the US censor system, added the cost of the rebuild of Shepperton to the bills, and restricted the distribution to the UK at first. The film is not bad, just disjointed in places, with a poor story line, but the musical numbers work fine. Sid Fields routines are flat because there is no audience roaring with mirth at his every prat fall and joke. The 1980's issue made things worst, with numbers chopped and altered in order, making it a mess from start to finish. But now restored, even the joke apology ending, and re-ordered, it works as a fine nostalgic look at a 1940's review show, in excellent colour, and now very pristine look. Kay Kendal said it ruined her career, yes, but because it stalled at the US box office, not because it was bad, after all it did good business in the UK when new. She had been slated for stardom before the film, and lots of publicity was given , that backfired when they could not sell it to the US distributors, leaving her career in limbo.

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