Let's Be Famous (1939
|Betty Driver, Jimmy O'Dea, Sonnie Hale and Basil Radford|
|Patrick Barr & Sonnie Hale|
Unfortunately for Hale, his target Betty Pinbright (long time Coronation Street regular, Betty Driver) ...
... is snapped up by a rival agent (Patrick Barr) who soon gets Betty into the bath advertising soap:
As an excuse to a few lightweight, sing-a-long numbers, Let's Be Famous is inoffensive enough and in its depiction of the deluded O'Dea as an untalented man chasing his dreams of singing stardom it might have a certain resonance for viewers brought up on a diet of similarly untalented people trying to convince Simon Cowell they are the next big thing. But personally, the film has little value except as a an indication that despite his reputation, Michael Balcon produced some dross during his career at Ealing Studios: Let's Be Famous is more swine than pearl.
Also appearing are:
Most entertaining point in the film: Whilst arguing in a hotel corridor Hale and O'Dea are confronted by an irate guest who tells them he has come to the hotel "to get some sleep" and appears to be the epitome of respectability ...
... however, his companion soon arrives - complete with lacy underwear, stockings and negligee - making me think he wasn't thinking about sleep.
And when that's the funniest moment of a comedy, you know something is wrong!
Also look out for, Jimmy O'Dea wearing the same suit that he also wore in Penny Paradise:
|Let's Be Famous|