Evergreen

Evergreen

Movie: Evergreen
Director: Victor Saville
Produced by: Gaumont
Released By: Gaumont-British Picture Corporation
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The old Ben W. Levy war-horse play Evergreen proved to be an excellent film vehicle from British music-comedy star Jessie Matthews. Our heroine plays a popular music hall thrush of the early 1900s, whose impending marriage into nobility is destroyed by the arrival of her long-thought-dead lover. When the latter demands “hush money,” Matthews disappears from public view, but not before leaving her infant daughter in the care of her maid. Flash-forward to 1924: the daughter, also played by Matthews, is seeking work as a chorus dancer. An old associate of Matthews’ mother, amazed at the resemblance between the two women, decides to pass her off as her long-lost parent, making a big publicity fuss over her “ageless” beauty. The younger Matthews confesses the ruse when she falls in love with a man who claims to be the older Matthews’ son. Are you following all this, or do you need a road map? Anyway, if you catch a complete print of Evergreen, you’ll be able to enjoy five songs performed by Jessie Matthews, one of them by no less than Rodgers and Hart.

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