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Melody and Romance

Synopsis
Musical comedy. A young man (Green) aspires to a career as a radio star. Along the way, the falls in love with a scientist’s daughter (Lockwood). He then adds several talented friends to his act and eventually finds success. On the night of their big radio performance, fire erupts and he ends up saving the scientist’s daughter. In one scene, in an uncredited role, Charles Hawtrey auditions for a part by reciting Hamlet’s ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1937
Notes
The BFI National Archive holds preservation material only; no viewing copy (3/2007).
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Auditions

Credits

Director
Maurice Elvey
Producer
Herbert Smith
Cinematographer
George Stretton
Screenplay
L duGuard Peach; Leslie Howard Gordon; Maurice Elvey
Cast
Alistair Sim 
Charles Hawtrey 
Hughie Green 
Margaret Lockwood 

Production Company

Name

British Lion Film Corporation

Archive

Name

BFI National Film Archive

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