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Evensong is a 1934 British musical film directed by Victor Saville and starring Evelyn Laye, Fritz Kortner and Emlyn Williams.[1] It is loosely based on the story of the singer Nellie Melba. It was also the first film of Alec Guinness, who appears as an uncredited extra.[2]

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Directed byVictor Saville
Written byDorothy Farnum
Based onplay Evensong by Edward Knoblock and Beverley Nichols
novel by Beverley Nichol
StarringEvelyn Laye
Music byHubert Bath (uncredited)
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Distributed byGaumont British
Release date
September 1934 (London) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times found the film "politely dull in its reverent examination of a songbird's career. But in its sober way it emerges as a superior musical entertainment...Victor Saville tells the story with tenderness, intelligence and skill and his method is technically invigorating in one lengthy sequence which he develops through the use of musical pantomime" ;[3] while Allmovie noted "Evelyn Laye made only a handful of film appearances, of which Evensong was arguably her finest" ;[4] and Time Out found it "a touch more sophisticated than the usual run of homegrown '30s musicals, genre specialist Saville's film benefits no end from the commanding and courageous central performance." [5]


  1. ^ "Evensong". BFI.
  2. ^ "Evensong".
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  4. ^ "Evensong (1934) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Evensong". Time Out London.

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