The Woman In Command

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Courtneidge, in a dual role, plays both the reigning queen and the retired queen mother of a family troupe of traveling music-hall performers. The matriarch's word is law in this family, and Courtneidge the younger had been forbidden by Courtneidge the elder to marry a young Guards officer 15 years earlier, a marriage which would have finished his career...read more

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Courtneidge, in a dual role, plays both the reigning queen and the retired queen mother of a family troupe of traveling music-hall performers. The matriarch's word is law in this family, and Courtneidge the younger had been forbidden by Courtneidge the elder to marry a young Guards officer

15 years earlier, a marriage which would have finished his career in the stuffy, upper-class soldiery. A similar situation arises when ingenue Hyson falls in love with Guardsman Bushell. The latter's commanding officer proves to be the very soldier who was denied the hand of Courtneidge the

younger years before. She importunes him to let the young people wed without harassment, and the sentimental soldier complies with her wish. Inspired by the romantic atmosphere, stage manager Horton, a fumbling fool, screws up his courage and proposes to Courtneidge the younger. These romantic

activities occur in the context of a struggle to mount a new show. In masculine attire, Courtneidge sings "There's Something About a Soldier" and a number of other songs. Although Courtneidge is hardly ever offscreen, Horton makes the most of his diminished role.

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