Raise the Roof

Film, Drama

Time Out says

A refreshingly unpretentious backstage musical, set among the lower reaches of the theatre world, where a tatty revue company that makes Hamlet seem like a perishing pantomime battles valiantly against the catcalls and rotten tomatoes. Fortunately it has the inestimable advantage of silents star Betty Balfour, trembling on the brink of love with a bizarre mixture of worldly vulgarity and little girl charm. Like a ruffled cockatoo, she bullies her fellow players into dropping their costumes and their actorly aspirations and giving the public what it wants: 'Laughter and legs...mostly legs'. Nice to know Britain has a musical tradition to be proud of.


Release details

77 mins

Cast and crew

Walter Summers
Walter Summers, Philip MacDonald
Betty Balfour
Maurice Evans
Jack Raine
Sam Livesey
Ellis Jeffreys
Arthur Hardy
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