First a Girl
|First a Girl|
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Produced by||S. C. Balcon
|Written by||Marjorie Gaffney|
|Based on||an original screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel|
|Edited by||Al Barnes|
|Distributed by||Gaumont British|
First a Girl is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Victor Saville and starring Jessie Matthews. First a Girl was adapted from the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria written and directed by Reinhold Schünzel. It was remade as the 1982 American musical comedy Victor Victoria starring Julie Andrews.
Shop girl Elizabeth (Jessie Matthews) is delivering costumes to a theatre where popular female impersonator Victor (Sonnie Hale), is about to open in a new show. When the star unexpectedly falls ill, Elizabeth is drafted in to take Victor's place, as a man impersonating a woman. To everyone's surprise, she and the show are both hits, and Elizabeth finds further success on a concert tour of Europe. But how long can she keep up the pretence of being a man?
BFI Screenonline wrote, "Of all the Matthews/Hale collaborations, this one seems the most polished and even-handed. A huge success at the time it was released, First a Girl is possibly the quintessential Jessie Matthews musical and certainly the most enduringly amusing for a modern audience."
- Sennwald, Andre. "New York Times: First a Girl". NY Times. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- "First a Girl (1935)".
- "Victor/Victoria (1982) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
- IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024736/
- "Victor/Victoria (1982) - Blake Edwards - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- "BFI Screenonline: First A Girl (1935)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
|This article about a musical comedy film is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|