Prologue: in 1940, a shellshocked man fights to recall his past. Flashback: During the Nazi invasion of Poland, American reporter Carole Peters meets Polish airman Stefan Radetzky, also a piano virtuoso.
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Playboy of the Western World (1963) Brian Desmond Hurst, Siobhan McKenna, Gary Raymond, Elspeth March, Comedy
Malta Story (1953) Brian Desmond Hurst, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Drama, History, War
Prison Without Bars (1938) Brian Desmond Hurst, Corinne Luchaire, Edna Best, Barry K. Barnes, Crime, Drama, Romance
The popular Ivor Novello musical play Glamorous Night was given a conservative film treatment in 1937–minus much of the Novello score that had made it famous. Opera singer Mary Ellis plays an opera singer (why not?) who falls in with a band of roguish but likeable gypsies. Mary manages to convince her Bohemian cohorts to rescue the King from the machinations of his ambitious prime minister. As “cast insurance” to make certain that Glamorous Night would get American bookings, Hollywood character actors Otto Kruger and Victor Jory are given leading roles. The US distributors also sliced the film down from 81 to 65 minutes, through the simple expedient of removing several songs.
Future Connecticut governor John Lodge stars in the British crime drama Sensation. Lodge plays a hotshot reporter who devotion to his job is messing up his private life. Despite warnings from his girl friend that she’ll walk out if he follows up one more hot scoop, Lodge tries to flush out the murderer of a waitress. A packet of incriminating love letters is the “maguffin” in this one. Based on a play by Basil Dean and George Munro, Sensation packs an awful lot of story in its 54 minutes.