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T.9107 (6 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathescope June 1940)
SPORTING LOVE GB Dec1936 Dir: J.Elder Wills ------------- Hammer Films Prod: H.Fraser Passmore 68mins B/W Cert "U" Distributed by British Lion (Approx 50mins on 9.5) Re-issue 1941 Exclusive Films Script: Fenn Sherie, Ingram d'Abbes from a play by: Stanley Lupino Photography: Eric Cross Original songs: Eric Ansell Music: Billy Mayerl Songs: "In the Springtime"; "After the Ball Is Over"; "I Lift Up My Finger and Say Tweet Tweet"; "That Coal Black Mamma Of Mine"; "It's Derby Day"; "Living In Clover"(cut from 9.5mm release)
Cast: Stanley Lupino...........Percy Brace Laddie Cliff.............Peter Brace Eda Peel.................Maud Dane Lu-Anne Meredith.........Nellie Gray Bobbie Comber............Gerald Dane Henry Carlisle...........Lord Dimsdale Clarissa Selwynne........Aunt Fanny Wyn Weaver...............Wilfred Wimple Syd Crossley.............Temperance Man Barry Lupino, Arty Ash
Peter and Percy Brace are broke. All they own, including their racing stable and Moonbeam, their Derby entrant, are to be forfeited to Mr. Dane under a mortgage. To complicate matters, Peter wants to marry Dane's daughter Maud. Furthermore the two idiots have both separately written to their Aunt Fanny telling her they have married. They think cheques will be forthcoming because Aunty approves of marriages. But Aunty turns up in person to find Percy in the arms of an American visitor, Nellie. Nellie sportingly poses as Percy's wife, and Maud as Peter's - an unfortunate situation when Nellie's fiancee and Maud's father make surprise entrances. Derby Day dawns. In rushing to get a cheque cashed Percy is mistaken for a welsher and is relieved of £4000. Whilst he is trying to explain, a hot tip is received. In transferring the bet on Moonbeam, Percy forgets the name and backs another runner .... which wins at 100 to 8. Yes, it's a mugs game, with Peter and Percy Brace two of the biggest! A lively comedy you will enjoy! (Pathescope Monthly - June/July 1940)
1. The leading lady is incorrectly billed by Pathéscope as 'Lee Ann' Meredith.
2. The "Sporting Love" stage show ran at the Gaiety Theatre in London's West End for over 300 performances during 1934.
3. "Sporting Love" was filmed at the British Lion Beaconsfield Studios, Bucks, UK
4. Stanley Lupino began in variety as an acrobat in 1913, and was the father of Ida Lupino, Hollywood star in films like "High Sierra" & later an excellent director.
5. Laddie Cliff, Stanley Lupino's long term stage partner and at the time manager, died shortly after the film was released in December 1937, aged only 46.
6. Hammer Productions was formed in 1935 by William Hinds, who worked in amateur variety as "Will Hammer". The company made four films in the thirties, this was the final entry. In 1947 they reformed and later became famous for the "Hammer Horrors" such as "Dracula" and "Frankenstein".
(Info edited from gln, Maurice Trace and Denis Gifford) ZT-9107/gln/09.05.2010
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