With King Charles II putting into practice his promise to restore the country 'to its old good nature, its old good manners and its old good humour' by leading a rollicking chorus in a 17th century musical hall, it is difficult not to warm to Wilcox's very democratic brand of royalism. Neagle is rather too hoydenish to be truly sexy, but she has a zest and brazenness breathtaking in its disregard for the conventions of polite society, and Hardwicke's king almost convinces one that there was a time when royalty wasn't synonymous with lily-livered mediocrity. Despite a script which is rather too hesitant at improving upon history, this is a worthy example of disreputable costume drama, a genre British cinema occasionally excelled in.
Cast and crew
Jeanne de Casalis