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Let's Make Up (1954)

Lilacs in the Spring (original title)
A young actress must decide which of two lovers will be her husband. She daydreams about each one to help her decide.

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Robert Nesbitt (book), Harold Purcell (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... John 'Beau' Beaumont
Anna Neagle ... Carole Beaumont / Lillian Grey / Nell Gwynn / Queen Victoria
David Farrar ... Charles King / King Charles II
Kathleen Harrison ... Kate
Peter Graves ... Albert Gutman / Prince Albert
Helen Haye ... Lady Drayton
Scott Sanders Scott Sanders ... Old George
Alma Taylor ... 1st Woman
Hetty King Hetty King ... 2nd Woman
Alan Gifford ... Hollywood Director
Jennifer Mitchell Jennifer Mitchell ... Young Carole
Gillian Harrison Gillian Harrison ... Very Young Carole
George Margo George Margo ... Reporter
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Storyline

A young entertainer, Carole Beaumont, is wooed by actor and Producer Charles King but, uncertain of her feelings, she resists his attentions. During an air raid, a bomb explosion rocks the café and Carole is knocked unconscious. In her confused state, fantasies flash through her mind, and she seems to become Nell Gwyn of Old Drury, with Charles King looking very much like King Charles. Recovering, she is advised by her doctor to take a rest in the country and, there, another beau, Albert Gutman, prompts his grandmother, Lady Drayton, to invite Carole to their family home at Windsor. She accepts and telephones Charles, but hangs up when his phone is answered by a female voice. Looking out on Windsor Castle, she sees herself as the young Queen Victoria, and Albert as Prince Albert. Influenced by her daydream, she accepts Albert's proposal. Charles arrives to tell her that all arrangements are made for her to leave with him and the company for Burma, but she refuses saying she will never... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A New Errol Flynn... with the same old MAGIC! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Make Up See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor) (Eastmancolor)| Black and White (prologue)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Sir Sean Connery. See more »

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Aging Flynn in Sentimental Musical Drama...
28 October 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

After production of Errol Flynn's financial debacle, WILLIAM TELL, was halted, the actor discovered that he not only had lost the money he'd invested in the project, but that his long-time business manager had been swindling him for years, as well. Fighting bankruptcy, the aging one-time 'King' of Hollywood swashbucklers found himself desperately in need of work, to stave off an army of creditors. Fortunately, legendary British producer/director Herbert Wilcox liked the high-living star, and, realizing that Flynn's name still had marquee value in England, cast him opposite his wife, popular British actress Anna Neagle, in the filming of her recent stage success, 'The Glorious Days', retitled LILACS IN THE SPRING.

A sentimental tale told largely in flashback, Neagle portrays an English stage star who is injured in a WWII air raid. Flying from Hollywood, her long-estranged father, film star John Beaumont (Flynn, with silver hair) must deal with an army of the press, and her would-be beau, British army officer Charles King (David Farrar). Meanwhile, Neagle, unconscious, hallucinates herself as being legendary star Nell Gywn, and Queen Victoria. Upon seeing her father, she relives her mother's early life, when she was 'discovered' by Beaumont in his days as a vaudevillian song-and-dance man (Flynn gets a chance to do a bit of soft shoe, singing 'Lily of Laguna', and making up for his limited musical ability with abundant charm). As her star ascends, his declines, and after leaving the stage to fight in WWI, he returns to find himself a forgotten man. Hollywood beckons, however, and he sees an opportunity to strike it rich as an actor in motion pictures. She refuses to leave England, and the couple separate. Achieving stardom in America, Beaumont is far too involved in his career to get to know his daughter...until her injury reminds him of how much he loved her mother, and needed to know her.

Maudlin, yes, but British audiences loved this kind of tearjerker, which offered several well-choreographed production numbers with Neagle...and, if you look carefully among the silhouetted male dancers during a tango, you'll find 24-year old Sean Connery, unbilled, and fresh from the chorus of a London stage revival of 'South Pacific'.

While the film bombed in the U.S. (under the title LET'S MAKE UP), it was popular enough in the U.K. to keep Errol Flynn working, and his creditors at bay for a little longer. Next on his agenda would be his very last swashbuckler, THE DARK AVENGER...


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