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Submitted by Mark Fuller

The Girl in the Crowd
Kinematograph Weekly: December 6th 1934

Mildly amusing comedy of mistaken identity, flimsy and disjointed in plot, but containing some well devised situations and a good proportion of technical polish. It makes for a very usable Quota booking.

STORY:- David Gordon, a bookseller patronised by a co-ed college, marries one of the students, Marion. They keep in touch with the "Old Gang" and Marion, who has never met her husband's best friend, Bob, gives him some advice on the phone about securing a wife - in brief - that he should follow the first girl that attracts him.

Unfortunately, that happens to be Marion, and subsequent events land Bob in court for insulting behaviour, and further complications land David, Marion and the gang there too. Eventually everything is straightened out with the help of two of the new school of policemen, who had been schoolmates of Bob.

ACTING:- As Bob, an irrepressible philanderer, Harold French is effective; and Barry Clifton is good as David. The girls are all attractive, but do not show to great histrionic advantage. Patricia Hilliard as Marion has a great deal of charm which, given opportunity, could well be exploited.

PRODUCTION;- The airy trifle is quite competently directed, although the continuity is weak, and occasionally the picture gives an air of amateur theatricals. the introduction of the college-educated policeman is amusing, and the characters, while quite superficial, are all pleasantly drawn and likeable

SETTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY;- House interiors are tastefully set, and there is good variation in the backgrounds, which include a cabaret. London exteriors are very good.

POINTS OF APPEAL:- Pleasant atmosphere of light comedy, and some well-devised farcical situations.

AT A GLANCE:- Slight farce with some amusing situations. Quite adequately handled. Useful light Quota booking. Of little interest to children.

4683 ft (55 mins)

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