Save a Little Sunshine

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Save a Little Sunshine
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Dave Willis, Annabel Maule & Marian Dawson
Directed by Norman Lee
Produced by Warwick Ward
Written by Victor Kendall
Gilbert Gunn
Vernon Clancey
Based onthe play Lights Out at Eleven by W. Armitage Owen [1]
Starring Dave Willis
Pat Kirkwood
Tommy Trinder
Music by John Reynders
Noel Gay
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited byE. Richards
Distributed by Pathé Pictures International
Release date
October 1938
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Save a Little Sunshine is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Norman Lee and starring Dave Willis, Pat Kirkwood and Tommy Trinder. [2] [3]



After he is sacked from his job, Dave Smalley buys a share in a hotel, but has to resort to working there when all other financial schemes fail. His girlfriend Pat however, comes up with the idea of turning the property into a smart restaurant, and business takes off beyond all expectation.



The film was based on the play Lights Out at Eleven by Armitage Owen. It was made by Welwyn Studios, an affiliate of ABC Pictures, at their Welwyn Garden City Studio. The songs "Save a Little Sunshine" and "Nothing Can Worry Me Now" were composed by Noel Gay. Willis and Kirkwood made a further film together in 1939 - Me and My Pal , also at Welwyn.

Critical reception

TV Guide called it "a harmless entry which offers nothing of value but a few hummable tunes" ; [4] and wrote of Tommy Trinder and Max Wall, "these familiar faces provide a smile or two. Certainly the chief interest of the film is to see Max Wall before he developed his legendary grotesque act (and while he still had a full head of hair)." [5]

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