SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC (1937)
Article 3692 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-8-2011
Posting Date: 9-23-2011
Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott
Featuring Jack Hylton, June Clyde, Claude Dampier
What it is: Revue musical
A broadcasting magnate hires Jack Hylton and his orchestra to give a worldwide broadcast from a cruise ship. Business rivals plan to sabotage the broadcast and put the magnate out of business. Meanwhile, a female American singer for the orchestra falls in love with the magnate’s son, a highbrow who only loves classical music and not the jazz that she performs. Much warbling, swinging and stomping occur.
The last British musical I saw was A NIGHT OF MAGIC, but never fear – this one is far better. Which is not to say that it’s great; it’s pleasant, harmless and inconsequential. The plot doesn’t matter; that’s just something to fill in between the musical numbers, which are good enough to pass muster for this movie. Oh, and the fantastic content? It appears that the manager for the orchestra is testing a wristwatch television that gets used toward the end of the movie to resolve one of the plot threads, thereby giving the movie some science fiction content. That’s about all you need to know about this harmless little movie.