October 1, 1951
| 6.6/10 |
| Michael Pertwee, Vernon Sylvaine (play)|
Richard Hearne, Petula Clark, Garry Marsh, Richard Gale, Hilda Bayley
Mississippi Grind, California Split, Wild Card, Casino Royale, Heist, Runner Runner
Madame Louise Wikipedia
Madame Louise (also titled "The Madame Gambles"), is a 1951 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and produced by Ernest G. Roy and starring Richard Hearne, Petula Clark, Garry Marsh and Richard Gale. It is loosely based on the 1945 play Madame Louise by Vernon Sylvaine, which had featured Alfred Drayton and Robertson Hare, but was extensively reworked to suit the different stars of the film production.
In order to settle her debts, the owner of a dress shop transfers control to a bookmaker played by Garry Marsh. The bookmaker is wanted by a gang of criminals and much mayhem follows causing the usual stunts by Mr Pastry with much slap stick on the way. He has patented a dress, modelled beautifully by Miss Penny (Petula Clark) the resourceful assistant which transforms from a day dress to an evening dress and other modes by the removal of the sleeves, and part of the skirt . A good deal of slapstick in involved with Hearne's acrobatic agility being much in evidence. All is well at the end of the film as the dress shop owner recovers her business (due to Mr Pastry's incompetence) and Pastry is rewarded by being made her business partner.
The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "This is not a particularly good comedy even of its type; it may amuse firm Mr. Pastry fans but Petula Clark is completely wasted in a coy love affair"; while Today's Cinema wrote, "The production word, if unpretentious, is competent; and the experienced hand of Maclean Rogers has kept the action moving fast and furously. A pleasant little film successfully aimed at the vast market for unsophisticated British comedy...Richard Hearne virtually carries the whole film, which owes all its best moments to his unflagging agility."
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