|Let the People Sing|
|Directed by||John Baxter|
|Edited by||Jack Harris|
|Music by||Kennedy Russell|
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation|
|10 August 1942|
Let the People Sing is a 1942 British comedy film directed by John Baxter,and starring Alastair Sim, Fred Emney and Edward Rigby. The film's sets were designed by R. Holmes Paul. It was made at Elstree Studios.
The screenplay concerns a small town that bands together to try to save their music hall from closure. It was based on the 1939 novel Let the People Sing by J. B. Priestley.
Time Out wrote "John Baxter was the British director probably least patronizing and most sympathetic to the working classes and their culture during the '30s and '40s, and even if his films now often seem naïve and simplistic, it's good at least to see an honest and humorous attempt to deal with life outside Mayfair. Less scathing than Love on the Dole (his best known film), this adaptation of a JB Priestley novel is a spritely, vaguely Capra-esque comedy... Fred Emney steals the show as a government arbitrator susceptible to the charms of alcohol."
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