|Things Are Looking Up|
|Directed by||Albert de Courville|
|Produced by|| Michael Balcon |
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
|Written by|| Stafford Dickens |
Albert de Courville
|Starring|| Cicely Courtneidge |
|Music by||Louis Levy|
|Cinematography|| Charles Van Enger |
|Edited by||R.E. Dearing|
|Distributed by||Gaumont British Distributors|
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TV Guide called the film a "quite good comedy," and rated it two out of four stars.
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