First a Girl

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First a Girl
First a Girl (1935).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Victor Saville
Produced by S. C. Balcon
Michael Balcon
Written by Marjorie Gaffney
Based on an original screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel
Starring Jessie Matthews
Music by songs:
M. Sigler
A. Hoffman
musical director:
Louis Levy
Cinematography Glen MacWilliams
Edited by Al Barnes
Distributed by Gaumont British
Release date
  • 7 November 1935 (1935-11-07) (London, UK)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

First a Girl is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Victor Saville and starring Jessie Matthews.[1][2] First a Girl was adapted from the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria written and directed by Reinhold Schünzel.[3][4] It was remade as the 1982 American musical comedy Victor Victoria starring Julie Andrews.[5]


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?


Critical reception[edit]

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."[6]


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