GenreAdventure, Comedy, Fantasy Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 1944 (1944-10) (UK) WriterAngus MacPhail (original screenplay), Diana Morgan (original screenplay) Initial releaseOctober 1944 (United Kingdom) Story byAngus MacPhail, Diana Morgan CastTommy Trinder (Tommy Taylor), Frances Day (Poppaea), Sonnie Hale (The Professor), Francis L. Sullivan (Nero), Diana Decker (Lydia), Elisabeth Welch (Nora) Similar moviesTommy Trinder appears in Fiddlers Three and Sailors Three
Tommy trinder sonnie hale sing sweet fanny adams from fiddlers three film 1944
Fiddlers Three is a 1944 British black-and-white comedy with music. The film was produced by Michael Balcon and directed by Harry Watt. The cast included Tommy Trinder, Sonnie Hale, Frances Day, Francis L. Sullivan, Diana Decker and Elisabeth Welch. Making their film debuts were James Robertson Justice, and Kay Kendall near the bottom of the cast list, as the "Girl Who Asks About Her Future At Orgy". The film follows the adventures of two sailors and a Wren who are struck by lightning and transported back to Ancient Rome, where they are accepted as seers.
The film was called While Nero Fiddled on its USA release. It is a loose sequel to the 1940 film Sailors Three which had also starred Trinder. The film was only moderately successful at the British Box Office but proved to be a major hit in Australia.
Musical star frances day as poppea in fiddlers three film 1944
Tommy Taylor and "The Professor", two sailors returning from leave to Portsmouth, pick up Lydia, a Wren, on the road but get a puncture as they reach Stonehenge. The professor tells them of an old legend that those caught at Stonehenge at midnight on midsummer's night are transported back in time. Moments later the area is struck by lightning. Nearby a group of Roman soldiers have suddenly appeared whom they initially mistake for members of ENSA. However, they swiftly prove to be genuine Romans who arrest them and threaten instant death unless they can prove they are Druids.
Among the musical numbers in the picture, Tommy Trinder gives a stupendous performance as "Senorita Alvarez" from Brazil (impersonating Carmen Miranda).
Sky Movies said, "the stars look as though they're having fun, which was just the tonic for wartime audiences, though it all looks less than sparkling now."
George Perry wrote in Forever Ealing, "the film is not of great consequence. The script ...Was thick with laboured gags likening aspects of Roman times to wartime Britain."
Graeme Clark wrote in The Spinning Image, "played with a mixture of cheeky charm and a sly wink from the cast, and notable for its casting of black singer and actress Elisabeth Welch in a refeshingly non-stereotypical role for its day, if you catch the references then you should have fun with Fiddlers Three. Yes, it's nonsense, but it's nonsense well done."
Time Out called the film a "cheeky wartime British comedy with odd imaginative touch (associate producer Robert Hamer reshot a good deal of it)."