Sing As We Go
|Sing As We Go|
|Directed by||Basil Dean|
|Produced by||Basil Dean|
|Written by||J.B. Priestley
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Edited by||Thorold Dickinson|
|Distributed by||Associated British|
|Release dates||September 1934|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Considered by many to be British music hall star Gracie Fields' finest vehicle, this film was written for her by leading novelist J.B. Priestley. A morale-boosting depression movie, set in the industrial north of England, Fields stars as a resourceful, spunky working class heroine, laid off from her job in a clothing mill, who has to seek work in the seaside resort of Blackpool. This gives her the opportunity both to fall into many misadventures, and of course, to sing.
The decision to film on location brings the film a life and immediacy all too absent from most films of the period. The film provides us with a snapshot of life in a seaside resort in the 1930s. The final scene of the millworkers returning to the re-opened mill while Fields leads them in the rousing title song, has become an almost iconic film cliché.
By contrast, in History of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr singled-out Sing As We Go as an icon of British pop culture of the 1930s, concluding: "Fairy tale or not, this is probably the worst film I have ever seen."
In popular culture
- The main theme of this movie, the song "Sing As We Go" (written by Harry Parr Davies), was used by the comedy group Monty Python in a parody song called "Sit on My Face" and is one of two signature songs of The Kampen Janitsjarorkester Symphonic Band (The Kampen Band) of Oslo Norway.
- Gracie Fields as Gracie Platt
- John Loder as Hugh Phillips
- Dorothy Hyson as Phyllis Logan
- Stanley Holloway as Policeman
- Frank Pettingell as Uncle Murgatroyd Platt
- Lawrence Grossmith as Sir William Upton
- Morris Harvey as The Cowboy
- Arthur Sinclair as The Great Maestro
- Maire O'Neill as Madame Osiris
- Ben Field as Nobby
- Olive Sloane as Violet - The Song-Plugger's Girlfriend
- Margaret Yarde as Mrs. Clotty
- Evelyn Roberts as Parkinson
- Norman Walker as Hezekiah Crabtree
- The Radio Times Guide to Films 2014. London, 2013 ISBN 0956752365 (p. 1104)
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