|The Little Damozel|
|Directed by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Produced by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Written by||Donovan Pedelty|
|Based on||The Little Damozel by Monckton Hoffe|
|Starring|| Anna Neagle |
|Music by|| Noël Coward |
Lew Stone (musical director)
|Edited by||Cecil H. Williamson|
|Distributed by||Woolf & Freedman Film Service (UK)|
The Little Damozel is a 1933 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, James Rennie and Benita Hume.It is based on the 1908 play by Monckton Hoffe, previously filmed in 1916. The screenplay concerns a captain who pays one of his sailors to marry a woman who works in a nightclub. Dresses for the film were designed by Doris Zinkeisen.
Gambler Recky Poole (James Rennie) accepts a bet to marry Julie Alardy (Anna Neagle), a night club danseuse. After the wedding, Recky unexpectedly fall in love with her, but Julia decides to divorce him and go back to dancing. A despairing Recky contemplates suicide, contriving to make it look like an accident so that Julia will be able to collect the insurance. Luckily, she returns to him before it is too late, and they live a life of wedded bliss.
In 1933, Perth's The West Australian wrote, "The next of the popular all-British Dominions programmes at the Theatre Royal will be headed by Anna Neagle's latest film, The Little Damozel in which she advances to further screen fame. The Little Damozel, from the play by Monckton Hoffe, concerns the affairs of a little cabaret girl, sophisticated and alluring, but whose character reveals greater depths of sweetness when she marries Reeky (James Rennie), a good-looking wastrel, unaware that he had been paid a considerable sum of money to make her his wife. The role of the cabaret girl calls for an actress with the ability to convince the onlooker of her change of character and also requires an artist, who can both sing and dance. This was no easy role to fill, but Herbert Wilcox, determined to back his faith in Miss Neagle and gave her this important part. This charming actress gives a really splendid performance, and the opening of the film, showing Miss Neagle as the cabaret artiste, gives her the opportunity to sing some delightful numbers. The Little Damozel played to absolute capacity during its London season, despite the strong opposition of Cavalcade . At Manchester it broke all records by drawing an attendance of 42.000 in one week. Hotel Splendide will be the supporting feature, and the programme will include About Turns and Australia's Jolly Jack Tars."
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Herbert Sydney Wilcox CBE, was a British film producer and director who was one of the most successful British filmmakers from the 1920s to the 1950s. He is best known for the films he made with his third wife Anna Neagle.
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The Little Damozel may refer to:
The Little Damozel is a 1909 play by the Irish writer Monckton Hoffe. A naval captain pays one of his crew to marry a woman. Stage actors Henry Vogel and May Buckley were cast members in the 1910 Broadway production.
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The Little Damozel is a 1916 British silent drama film directed by Wilfred Noy. A sound version, also based on the play by Monckton Hoffe, appeared in 1933.
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