Directed by: Victor Saville
Countries & Regions: United States
Length: 88 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 7 October 2013
Cat No: CDR10400
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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Tonight and Every Night
Rita Hayworth stars in this 1940s musical directed by Victor Saville. Set in Britain during World War II, the film follows a theatre... Read More
During the height of the Blitz, the threat of bombs sends London's theatre-land dark. But there's one establishment that refuses to shut its doors: the lively Music Box thumbs its nose at the Luftwaffe and entertains punters with the prettiest dancing girls in town. Topping the bill is Rosalind Bruce (Hayworth); she's heard every chat-up line around, so it takes someone pretty special to whisk her off her feet. Squadron Leader Paul Lundy (Bowman) manages to do just that – but is he as honourable as he seems?
Based on the famous Windmill Theatre (the only auditorium in London that supposedly never closed during wartime), this lively musical focuses on the morale-boosting entertainers that helped Londoners endure the bombing. Of course, the Windmill was famously more ribald than cinema censorship would allow (performers would appear 'in the nip') and decency is preserved throughout. However, the song-and-dance numbers are spectacular enough to cushion this understandable, if disappointing, historical inaccuracy.
It's one of Hayworth's best: an engaging and colourful salute to everyone who ensured the capital kept smiling through.