Sailing Along

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  • 1938
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.6  (211)

Sailing Along is a musical comedy film from 1938, directed by Sonnie Hale and starring Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, and Jack Whiting. The movie tells the story of a young woman named Kay Martin, played by Matthews, who dreams of becoming a singer and dancer. Kay lives with her father, a sea captain, and her two brothers, who are sailors as well. Despite her family's objections, Kay auditions for a musical show and gets the part. Soon, she embarks on a ship with the rest of the cast to perform in various ports.

On board the ship, Kay meets Terry, played by MacKay, a wealthy young man who is traveling the world to forget about his troubles. Terry is immediately drawn to Kay's energy and talent, and the two become close friends. However, when they arrive in Singapore, Terry's past catches up with him, and he is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Kay, determined to help her friend, takes matters into her own hands and, with the help of her co-stars, sets out to clear Terry's name.

Throughout the film, Matthews showcases her impressive singing and dancing skills, performing several musical numbers with her co-stars. One of the most memorable songs is "Over My Shoulder", which became a hit and a signature tune for Matthews.

The movie also features several comedic moments, mostly provided by Whiting, who plays Kay's goofy brother. In one scene, he accidentally knocks over a sculpture while practicing a dance routine, leading to chaos on board the ship.

Sailing Along was a box office success, and it solidified Matthews' position as one of the biggest stars of British musical cinema. The movie was praised for its catchy songs, lively dance numbers, and comedic performances. Critics especially praised Matthews' talent and charisma, with one reviewer stating that "her smile lights up the screen."

The film's themes of friendship, loyalty, and following one's dreams resonated with audiences, and it became a beloved classic of the era. Today, Sailing Along is considered a charming and nostalgic gem of 1930s musical cinema.

In conclusion, Sailing Along is a delightful musical comedy that showcases the talents of its lead actress, Jessie Matthews. With catchy songs, lively dance routines, and a charming story, the movie is a must-see for fans of classic cinema.

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    6.6  (211)