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Sailing Along (1938)
Starring Jessie Matthews and Barry MacKay

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
The irrepressible Jessie Matthews heads the cast of the buoyant musical Sailing Along. Matthews plays Kay Martin, a popular British music-hall performer. At the height of her stardom, Kay gives it all up for the love of handsome Steve Barnes (Barry McKay). Sailing Along was directed by Sonnie Hale, who from 1931 to 1944 was the husband of star Matthews; the film was also the last of the Hale-Matthews collaborations under the Gaumont-British banner.
Director: Sonnie Hale
Writers: Sonnie Hale, Selwyn Jepson, Lesser Samuels

Stars: Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, Jack Whiting, Roland Young, Noel Madison, Frank Pettingell, Alastair Sim, Athene Seyler, Margaret Vyner, William Dewhurst, Peggy Novak
Songs include:

Trusting My Luck
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Jessie Matthews on the barge and at the audition
Also played at the nightclub as dance music

Souvenir of Love
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Jack Whiting at the nightclub
Also performed by Jessie Matthews

My River
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Jessie Matthews and others on the barge
Also performed by Jessie Matthews and others in the show

Your Heart Skips a Beat
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Jessie Matthews and Jack Whiting

The image of her in Sailing Along in a white evening gown, with a gentleman's black top hat and walking cane, performing 'Souvenir of Love' in Lime Grove's art deco luxury sets, indelibly incarnates 1930s style.
The best features of the film are the songs and the dances which are cleverly treated, particularly in the final sequence where Kay and Dicky perform a really original and brilliantly executed tap ballet. Jessie Matthews acts Kay with unrestrained gaiety and fire, sings adequately and dances superbly. Jack Whiting, as Dicky, matches her in dancing ability and outshines her in singing and acting, Barry Mackay tries hard not to make Steve too imbecile, while Roland Young (Gulliver) and Athene Seyler, as his prim sister, serve up a banquet of laughs from the few crumbs that fall their way.
Matthews was a real charmer, and unlike most stars of the time, she wasn't afraid to look silly or unglamorous for a laugh. She appears in a plain or messy state in much of this movie, but comes off as appealing and lovely as any of the well-known stars of the 30's. It's our loss that she didn't make more movies.
In her autobiography Jessie Matthews said how difficult it was to make this film. This is because it was directed by her then husband, Sonnie Hale, who wanted this to be a platform for them both. It eventually recked their marriage. However what they have left for us is a lasting tribute to their respective talents.The musical numbers are well staged,with some marvelous art deco sets. Whilst the songs themselves did not become standards nevertheless they are very catchy. It is so sad that the second world war seemed to stop dead in its tracks her film career.She only made a handful of films after 1939.
Roland Young provides much of the comedy and he had me laughing out loud more than once, but he is well supported in this venture by the always great Alastair Sim.
She dances, dives, pouts, cries, punches, head-butts, ballets, flirts, sings and laughs her way through a totally captivating performance incomparable with any of her other films. If she once said that making this movie was very difficult, it certainly does not show on the evidence the footage presents. In fact, her dance scene for a trio of male milk-drinkers is so full of flirtatious fun that she appears to be enjoying her role more than usual. Their mesmerized attentions to her performance seem silly at first, but by the end of the two or three minutes I could only imagine myself sitting right along side them, every bit as enchanted as they were.
Jack Whiting made very few films, but he was a popular leading man on Broadway and this film is a rare chance to see his style and talent. He was also married to the former wife of Douglas Fairbanks and consequently the stepfather of Doug, Jr.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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