WriterLesser Samuels, Dwight Taylor (story) CastJessie Matthews (Pat Wayne), Barry MacKay (Bob Deering), Nat Pendleton (Smiles Hogan), Alastair Sim (Detective Taggett), Olive Blakeney (Nedda Beaumont), Noel Madison (Mike Otterman) Similar moviesJessie Matthews and Barry MacKay appear in Gangway and Evergreen
Gangway fox trot
Gangway is a 1937 British musical film directed by Sonnie Hale and starring Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, Nat Pendleton and Alastair Sim. Its plot involves a young reporter goes undercover to unmask a gang of criminals who are planning a jewel heist. AKA as Sparkles in Australia and on Australian release 78rpm records. Jessie Matthews was nicknamed SPARKLE in the film.
Newspaper film critic Pat Wayne (Jessie Matthews) boards an ocean liner to New York to interview glamorous movie star Nedda Beaumont (Olive Blakeney). Once aboard, Pat somehow gets mixed up with a gangster (Nat Pendleton), and a Scotland yard inspector (Barry MacKay), who both mistake her for a female jewel thief called "Sparkle."
Jessie Matthews - Pat Wayne
Barry MacKay - Bob Deering
Nat Pendleton - Smiles Hogan
Alastair Sim - Detective Taggett
Olive Blakeney - Nedda Beaumont
Noel Madison - Mike Otterman
Patrick Ludlow - Carl Freemason
Liane Ordeyne - Greta Brand
Graham Moffatt - Joe
Danny Green - Shorty
Edmon Ryan - Red Mike
Lawrence Anderson - Tracy - Press Agent
Blake Dorn - Benny the Gent
Peter Gawthorne ... Assistant Commissioner Sir Brian Moore
Henry Hallett - Smithers - Solicitor
Warren Jenkins - Foreign Dancer
Michael Rennie - Ship's Officer
Doris Rogers - Mrs. Sherman Van Tuyl
In a contemporary review, The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "There is less, and less elaborate, singing and dancing than in previous Jessie Matthews' films, but the slight story is amusingly developed, the dialogue is good, Jessie Matthews herself gives a very good light comedy performance and the film as a whole scores on its comedy, and on its burlesque of American gangsters rather than on its music. Nat Pendleton and Noel Maddison are good as the tough gangsters and Alistair Sim as a very secret detective walks away with the picture in the few short scenes in which he appears. Barry Mackay gives a pleasing light performance and keeps the romance in the right key"; while more recently, the BFI Screenonline wrote, "it is one of the more enjoyable Matthews vehicles and is fast moving enough to please most audiences."