Limelight (1936 film)

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Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Laura Whetter
Starring Anna Neagle
Arthur Tracy
Jane Winton
Ellis Jeffreys
Music by Geraldo
Cinematography Freddie Young
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release dates January 1936
Running time 80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Limelight is a 1936 British musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Arthur Tracy and Jane Winton.[1]



The film was made by Wilcox's independent production company at his Elstree Studios and was distributed by J. Arthur Rank's newly formed General Film Distributors, ending a previous arrangement Wilcox had with United Artists. The film was an attempt to make a more populist contemporary hit, moving away from the more expensive costume pictures such as Nell Gwynn and Peg of Old Drury which Wilcox had recently made starring his wife Neagle. For this film Wilcox partnered her with the popular American singer Arthur Tracy.

This drama musical romance features street singing. The film's Dance Director was Ralph Reader. His work was so appreciated by Herbert Wilcox that he created a part for Ralph to dance with his wife Anna Neagle in the actual film.



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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