Sally In Our Alley / Looking On The Brightside
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Waitress Sally Winch (Gracie Fields) believes her soldier boyfriend (Ian Hunter, Broadway Melody of 1940) has died in the trenches when his letters cease to arrive. He’s actually only been injured, however, and has stopped writing as he doesn’t want to burden Sally. But when he returns home, they are reunited again... This bittersweet war romance is the film that made Gracie Fields a star. Her first cinematic outing, the film quickly established her onscreen persona as a down-to-earth good natured girl who is unlucky in love. Made in Ealing studios, Sally In Our Alley, is a ground-breaking gem from the early days of the talkies.
LOOKING ON THE BRIGHTSIDE
Gracie (Gracie Fields) and Laurie (Richard Dolman) are lovers who together form a musical act. Gracie sings and Laurie writes the songs. But when Laurie gets a taste of fame, he runs off after a glamorous actress, spurning Gracie. Gracie Fields’ second cinematic outing continued her collaboration with producer/ writer Basil Dean at Ealing Studios and was co-written by Archie Pitt, Gracie Fields’ first husband. The film cements Fields’ optimistic persona – with the uplifting title song urging the audience to adopt her glass-half-full outlook no matter what the world throws at them. Full of memorable songs and a vintage Fields performance, Looking On The Bright Side is a joy from beginning to end.