Trottie True

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Trottie True
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Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Produced by Hugh Stewart
Written by Denis Freeman
Based on a play by S.J. Simon and Caryl Brahms
Starring Jean Kent
James Donald
Hugh Sinclair
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
9 August 1949 (London)(UK)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Trottie True is a 1949 British musical comedy film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Jean Kent, James Donald and Hugh Sinclair.[1] Adapted from a play by Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon, it tells the story of Trottie True, a Gaiety Girl of the 1890s who, after a brief romance with a balloonist, marries Lord Digby Landon, becoming Duchess of Wellwater when he succeeds to the dukedom.[2] It was known as The Gay Lady in the U.S., and is a rare British Technicolour film of the period. According to the BFI Screenonline, "British 1940s Technicolor films offer an abundance of visual pleasures, especially when lovingly restored by the National Film Archive. Trottie True is not among the best known, but comes beautifully packaged, gift wrapped with all the trimmings." [3]



Production of the film was interrupted by a strike from crew members in protest over recent sackings of film workers.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

  • The New York Times noted "the professional and romantic rise of Trottie True as depicted in "The Gay Lady," which arrived from England at the Sixtieth Street Trans-Lux on Saturday. But this Technicolored rags to riches ascent, which is interlarded with song and dance turns, is something less than original and rarely sprightly. Trottie True's tale is an old one and it hasn't worn well with the years." [5]
  • Leonard Maltin rated the film two and a half out of four stars, and called it a "lightweight costume picture...most notable aspect of film is its stunning use of Technicolor. Look fast for Christopher Lee as a dapper stage-door Johnnie." [6]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | TROTTIE TRUE (1948)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Trottie True (1948)". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Trottie True (1948)". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  4. ^ "FILM STRIKE.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 31 October 1948. p. 12 Section: The Sunday Times Sporting Section. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'The Gay Lady,' British Film Depicting Rise of Music Hall Performer, at 60th Street Trans-Lux". 1951-04-16. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Trottie True (1949) - Overview". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 

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