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    Stars in Your Eyes (Colour/ Scope) 1956-UK





    Did anybody see this musical film rarity at the recent screening in Preston, Lancs ?



    Any reports welcome ......





    Stars in Your Eyes is a glorified "vaudeville" picture, tied together by the

    thinnest of plotlines. As the top British vaudeville houses begin closing

    their doors, a great many entertainers are thrown out of work. At the

    instigation of music-hall headliners Sally Bishop (Patricia Kirkwood) and

    Jimmy Knowles (Nat Jackley), a group of veteran performers decide to reopen

    one of the old theatres, staging a gala opening revue to attract the

    customers. Financing this project is the wife of alcoholic ex-songwriter

    David Laws (Bonar Colleano). A gang of crooks tries to sabotage the show,

    but all ends happily -- especially for Laws, who is reunited with his loving

    spouse.



    Stars In Your Eyes has never been released on video, let alone DVD, and to

    my knowledge has never even been shown on television. However there have

    been several private screenings over the years, the most recent in south

    Wales prior to a Mike Terry concert. The National Film Theatre has the

    original print, it is believed.



    Stars In Your Eyes was made by Grand Alliance in 1956 and it is the story of

    a group of showbusiness performers who fight to keep a theatre open.

    Dorothy plays the former wife of an alcoholic ex-songwriter, played by

    matinee idol Bonar Colleano (who sadly was killed in a car crash just two

    years later near Birkenhead). Also starring in the film are Pat Kirkwood,

    her husband Hubert Gregg, Nat Jackley and pioneering BBC radio presenter

    Jack Jackson. There are also cameos by Freddie Frinton (naturally enough,

    playing a publican) and Jimmy Clitheroe. Joan Sims also makes one of her

    earliest film appearances, prior to her later success in the Carry On..

    Series.



    Dorothy Squires performs three songs, I Saw The Look In Your Eyes, Without

    You and With All My Heart, which were originally released on an EP (Pye Nixa NEP

    24036).



    Rest of cast

    Nat Jackley - Jimmy Knowles

    Patricia Kirkwood - Sally Bishop

    Bonar Colleano - David Laws

    Jack Jackson - Rigby

    Vera Day - Maureen Temple

    Hubert Gregg - Crawley Walters

    Joan Sims - Walter's Secretary

    Ernest Clark - Ronnie

    Gerald Harper - Dicky

    Meier Tzelniker - Maxie Jago

    Gabrielle Brune - Effie

    Aubrey Dexter - Farrow

    Roger Avon - Grimes

    Freddie Frinton - Publican

    Michael Mellinger - Night Club Proprietor

    Vera Lynn - Singer

    Jimmy Clitheroe - Joey



    Production credits

    S.D. Onions - Cinematographer

    Talbot Rothwell - Screenwriter

    Robert Hill - Editor

    Francis Miller - Short Story Author

    Edwin T. Astley - Songwriter

    Don Pelosi - Songwriter

    C.W. Murphy - Songwriter

    David Dent - Producer

    Will Letters - Songwriter

    Hilda Lynn - Songwriter

    Hazel Astley - Songwriter

    Bert Elms - Songwriter

    Malcolm Harvey - Songwriter

    Leo Towers - Songwriter

    Jack Jackson - Songwriter

    Hubert Gregg - Screenwriter

    David Lee - Songwriter

    Maurice Elvey - Director

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    Very interesting, thanks julian - I'd never heard of this film before and I'd love to see it.

    rgds

    Rob

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    Here are some clips from this rarely seen film......Stars in Your Eyes (1956) w Dorothy Squires, Pat Kirkwood, Bonar Colleano, Jimmy Clitheroe. As you can see, the film is in Colour/Scope !


    The BFI hold a good quality print (as part of the Dent/Adelphi Films archive) and it should eventually appear on DVD........Sooner rather than later please - we 'friends of Dorothy' / fans of 1950s British film musicals cannot wait 15 years for a DVD release, as we are all senior citizens !

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    Senior Member Country: UK Brief Encounter's Avatar
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    And us younger fans are impatient!

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    And still no sign of this surfacing, all rather surprising!

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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    I'd buy a copy!

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
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    And Bonar Colleano sings as well !

    Songs in the film...:

    Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
    Written by C.W. Murphy and Will Letters
    Performed by Pat Kirkwood


    I Saw The Look In Your Eyes
    Written by Edwin Astley
    Performed by Dorothy Squires
    and Performed by Bonar Colleano separately


    Stars In My Eyes
    Written by Hubert Gregg
    Performed by Pat Kirkwood

    I'd Pick Piccadilly
    Written by Hubert Gregg
    Performed by Pat Kirkwood


    The Man That Wakes The Man That Blows Reveille
    Written by Hubert Gregg
    Performed by Pat Kirkwood


    Without You
    Written by Edwin Astley, Albert Elms (as Bert Elms), Hazel Astley and Malcolm Harvey
    Performed by Dorothy Squires


    With All My Heart
    Written by Dorothy Squires
    Performed by Dorothy Squires and Bonar Colleano


    A Man And His Music
    Performed by Jack Jackson


    My Boy
    Written by Don Pelosi and Leo Towers
    Performed by Nat Jackley and Jimmy Clitheroe

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    https://youtu.be/FSz6rOQTxHc


    As the clock ticks endlessly on these old acetate film prints and deterioration sets in I would hope the archives concentrate on issuing the old films rather than the newer Polyester prints....
    Come on BFI lets have it!

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    STARS IN YOUR EYES was originally released through British Lion. So, in theory at least, its licensing rights may have passed down to StudioCanal and on from there to Network.

    Just speculation.

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    The film was produced by one of the David Dent Companies (Grand Alliance) and
    the entire surviving Dent archive of original negatives (plus dupes) was donated and is now held by the BFI.

    It is listed as a 'held' film on the BFI archive database....

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Was stood at Jimmy Clitheroes house recently and did ponder what he and other star names who appeared in it might say about the lack of action on this one. I think it would be more than OH HECK!

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    As far as I know, With All My Heart, sung in the film by Dorothy Squires, was not the song of the same title that Petula Clark had a big hit with in 1957, as they were penned by different composers.

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