Let the People Sing (film)

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Let the People Sing
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Original British lobby card
Directed by John Baxter
Written by
Produced by
  • John Baxter
  • Wallace Orton
Starring
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Jack Harris
Music by Kennedy Russell
Production
company
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation
Release date
10 August 1942
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Let the People Sing is a 1942 British comedy film directed by John Baxter, [1] 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. [2]

Contents

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. [3]

Main cast

Critical reception

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." [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Let the People Sing, directed by John Baxter - Film review".
  2. "Let the People Sing (1942)". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  3. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. ISBN   9781317740636 via Google Books.

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