Out of the Blue (1931 film)

Out of the Blue is a 1931 British musical film directed by Gene Gerrard and starring Gerrard, Jessie Matthews and Kay Hammond.[2] It was Matthew's first major film role.[3] A baronet's daughter falls in love with a radio star who is engaged to marry her sister. The film was not a success, but led to Matthews being cast in There Goes the Bride.[3] Matthews later wrote in her autobiography, "Out of the Blue was adapted from a stage musical and never should have left the boards."[4] John Orton served as a supervising director.[2]

Out of the Blue
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Jessie Matthews sings the title song
Directed byGene Gerrard
Screenplay byBert Lee
Frank Miller
R.P. Weston
Based onPlay Little Tommy Tucker by Desmond Carter and Caswell Garth[1]
Produced byJohn Maxwell
StarringGene Gerrard
Jessie Matthews
Kay Hammond
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Ernest Palmer
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis (as E.B. Jarvis)
Music byVivian Ellis
Distributed byPathé Pictures International (UK)
Release date
  • 1931 (1931)
Running time
88 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom


Impoverished aristocrat's daughter Tommy Tucker (Jessie Matthews) is in love with radio announcer Bill Coverdale (Gene Gerrard), but he is engaged to her more glamorous sister Angela (Kay Hammond), who he does not love. Seeking escape from this hopeless situation, and her life of genteel poverty, Tommy flees abroad to Biarritz to become a nightclub singer.


Critical receptionEdit

TV Guide and Britmovie both called the film "lightweight."[5][6]


  1. ^ Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set – The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. ISBN 9781317740636 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Out of the Blue (1931) | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b MacNab p.74
  4. ^ "Evergreen (1934)". Turner Classic Movies.
  5. ^ "Out Of The Blue". TVGuide.com.
  6. ^ "Out of the Blue | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 24 July 2014.


  • MacNab, Geoffrey. Searching for stars: stardom and screen acting in British cinema. Casell, 2000.

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