Queen Of Hearts / Look Up And Laugh
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Grace Perkins (Gracie Fields), an ordinary working class seamstress, is mistaken for a rich patron of the arts. When she’s asked to back a new show, Grace plays along with the charade, hoping that she can become the production’s leading lady. When the show opens, Grace is a huge hit and becomes a glamorous star. A riotous musical comedy made at the absolute height of Fields’ popularity, Queen Of Hearts once again pairs Fields with leading man John Loder (Sing As We Go, Love, Life and Laughter). The film was directed by Monty Banks – who would later go on to be Gracie Fields’ second husband – and its story apes Fields’ own path from working-class girl to megastar. A feel-good gem.
LOOK UP AND LAUGH
In what is widely regarded as her finest performance, Gracie Fields plays Gracie Pearson - a singer-comedienne who is determined to save her local market from being demolished to make way for a department store. As time runs out, Gracie rallies the stall-keepers together through a series of ever-more-hilarious schemes to save their livelihoods. Like Sing As You Go, Look Up And Laugh was written by renowned novelist J. B. Priestley and directed by Basil Dean. Featuring an early performance from Vivien Leigh (Gone With The Wind), the film is also the big screen debut of much-loved actor Kenneth More (The 39 Steps). Packed with gags, songs and showstopping set-pieces, Look Up And Laugh is Gracie Fields at her very best.