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Matthews, the stallholder's daughter from Berwick Street, paid heavily for the acclaim she won as Britain's leading musical star. Despite Saville's sympathetic direction, she suffered horrifying nervous rashes and temporary mental breakdown during the making of this, her most famous film. She nevertheless gives a dazzling performance in the dual role of a famous music hall star and the daughter, an unemployed chorus-girl, who impersonates her in a desperate bid for fame and fortune. If Saville fails to explore the sexual undertones of the story, the exciting post-Metropolis sets designed by Alfred Junge provide an impressive showcase for Jessie's elfin beauty and superb dancing (to a Rodgers and Hart score).

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Victor Saville
Screenwriter: Marjorie Gaffney, Emlyn Williams
Cast: Jessie Matthews
Barry Mackay
Sonnie Hale
Betty Balfour
Ivor McLaren
Patrick Ludlow
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