Look Up and Laugh

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Look Up and Laugh
Directed by Basil Dean
Produced by Basil Dean
Written by J. B. Priestley
Gordon Wellesley
Starring Gracie Fields
Alfred Drayton
Douglas Wakefield
Vivien Leigh
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography Robert Martin
Production
company
Distributed by Associated British
Release date
  • June 1935 (1935-06)
Running time
80 minutes
Language English

Look Up and Laugh is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Basil Dean and starring Gracie Fields, Alfred Drayton and Douglas Wakefield. The film is notable for featuring an appearance by Vivien Leigh in an early supporting role. It was made at Ealing Studios.

Plot[edit]

Gracie Pearson (Fields) is a singer/comedian who returns home to enjoy a little holiday, but there is trouble brewing. First, she has to use all of her hard-earned money to pay for part of what her brother owes to a money lender. Then when they go to see their father, they find he has collapsed due to the Plumborough Market (where he has a stall) is threatened with demolition to make way for a department store. She receives a telegram offering a West End singing job, but decides to try to save the market instead.

As time runs out, Gracie rallies the stall keepers together through a series of ever more hilarious schemes in their attempts to save their livelihoods.

Cast[edit]

Uncredited:

Reception[edit]

Writing for The Spectator, Graham Greene described the film as "light [with] a pleasant local flavour" the plot of which is "genuinely provincial". Greene praised Priestley's writing and opined that the film distinguishes itself "by the sense that a man's observation and experience, as well as his invention, has gone into its making".[1]

DVD release[edit]

This film is currently available as part of the Gracie Fields collector's edition which in addition to this film includes the films Sally in Our Alley (1931), Looking on the Bright Side (1932), Love, Life and Laughter (1934), Sing As We Go (1934), Queen of Hearts and The Show Goes On (1937), these are on 4 discs. Two films each on three of the discs with the other film on disc four.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greene, Graham (9 August 1935). "The Trunk Mystery/Hands of Orlac/Look Up and Laugh/The Memory Expert". The Spectator.  (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 12. ISBN 0192812866. )

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