Madame Louise

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Madame Louise
"Madame Louise" (1951).jpg
Directed by Maclean Rogers
Produced by Ernest G. Roy
Screenplay by Michael Pertwee
Based on the play Madame Louise (1945) by Vernon Sylvaine
Starring Richard Hearne
Petula Clark
Garry Marsh
Music by Wilfred Burns
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Charles Hasse
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service (UK)
Release date
1 October 1951 (UK)
Running time
88 minutes [1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Madame Louise (also titled "The Madame Gambles"), is a 1951 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and produced by Ernest G. Roy and starring Richard Hearne, Petula Clark, Garry Marsh and Richard Gale.[2] It is loosely based on the 1945 play Madame Louise by Vernon Sylvaine, which had featured Alfred Drayton and Robertson Hare, but was extensively reworked to suit the different stars of the film production.

Plot summary[edit]

In order to settle her debts, the owner of a dress shop transfers control to a bookmaker played by Garry Marsh. The bookmaker is wanted by a gang of criminals and much mayhem follows causing the usual stunts by Mr Pastry with much slap stick on the way. He has patented a dress, modelled beautifully by Miss Penny (Petula Clark) the resourceful assistant which transforms from a day dress to an evening dress and other modes by the removal of the sleeves, and part of the skirt . A good deal of slapstick in involved with Hearne's acrobatic agility being much in evidence. All is well at the end of the film as the dress shop owner recovers her business (due to Mr Pastry's incompetence) and Pastry is rewarded by being made her business partner.


Critical reception[edit]

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "This is not a particularly good comedy even of its type; it may amuse firm Mr. Pastry fans but Petula Clark is completely wasted in a coy love affair"; while Today's Cinema wrote, "The production word, if unpretentious, is competent; and the experienced hand of Maclean Rogers has kept the action moving fast and furously. A pleasant little film successfully aimed at the vast market for unsophisticated British comedy...Richard Hearne virtually carries the whole film, which owes all its best moments to his unflagging agility." [3]


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