Sing As We Go

  |  Buy to Own: 24/01/2011
  |  80 min
Rated U by the BBFC


Written by playwright and novelist J.B. Priestley and directed by Ealing studios founder Basil Dean, this morale-boosting 1930s musical comedy is widely recognised as Gracie Fields' finest film. Gracie Fields plays Gracie Platt, a plucky Lancashire millworker who finds herself out of a job when the textile mill where she works is forced to close for the summer. She heads off to fun-filled Blackpool, taking a series of summer jobs that eventually lead to her meeting a business magnate, Sir William Upston (Lawrence Grossmith). With all her charm, Gracie convinces him to invest in the financially strapped mill and the jobs of her colleagues are saved. The famous final scene, in which the millworkers return to the re-opened mill while Fields leads them in the rousing title song, has become an iconic film moment.