The Little Damozel (1933 film)

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The Little Damozel
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written by Donovan Pedelty
Based on The Little Damozel by Monckton Hoffe
Starring Anna Neagle
James Rennie
Music by Noël Coward
Ray Noble
Lew Stone (musical director)
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Cecil H. Williamson
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • 3 February 1933 (1933-02-03)
  • London (London)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Little Damozel is a 1933 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, James Rennie and Benita Hume. [1] It is based on the 1908 play by Monckton Hoffe, previously filmed in 1916. [2] 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. [1]



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.


Critical reception

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." [3]

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