Gaiety George (1946)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], POW Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Though its title suggests that Gaiety George is yet another vehicle for British comedian George Formby, the film is in fact a biopic. Richard Greene plays Irish theatrical impresario George Howard, whose elaborately staged musical entertainments were highlights of the early 20th century. Wounded during World War I, Howard returns to London and virtually forgotten, compelling him to mount a spectacular comeback. Surprisingly, the weakest element is not its banal plotline but the musical numbers, which are staged with little of the "feel" or energy of the period. Released in the US as Showtime in 1948.

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comeback, POW (Prisoner of War), producer [showbiz], production [showbiz], show-business, soldier, injury, war