Curtain Up (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Showbiz Comedy  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The world of provincial British theatre is given a gentle going over in Curtain Up. Short of funds, a small-town repertory troupe is forced to bow to the whims of wealthy Catherine (Margaret Rutherford), the aunt of the theatre's manager. When Catherine writes a perfectly dreadful play, the actors are compelled to stage the "masterpiece," with hilarious results. Matching Margaret Rutherford scowl for scowl and double-take for double-take is Robert Morley as the troupe's pompous director. The delectable Kay Kendall provides a few sublime moments as the velvet-voiced leading lady.

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actor, aunt, play [drama], playwright, theater-troupe