Time Flies (1944 film)
Times Flies is a 1944 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Tommy Handley, Evelyn Dall, Felix Aylmer and Moore Marriott. The screenplay concerns two music hall performers, an inventor and a con-man who travel back to Elizabethan times using a time machine.
|Directed by||Walter Forde|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Screenplay by||J.O.C. Orton|
Howard Irving Young
|Music by||Bretton Byrd|
|Edited by||R.E. Dearing|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
A professor invents a time sphere which takes a group of 1940s entertainers to Elizabethan London, where they encounter Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh and introduce them to jazz culture.
A costume-production, (many of which are immaculate), which makes extensive use of the Gainsborough wardrobe.
- Tommy Handley – Tommy
- Evelyn Dall – Susie Barton
- George Moon – Bill Barton
- Felix Aylmer – The Professor
- Moore Marriott – A Soothsayer
- Graham Moffatt – His Nephew
- John Salew – William Shakespeare
- Leslie Bradley – Captain Walter Raleigh
- Olga Lindo – Queen Elizabeth
- Roy Emerton – Captain John Smith
- Iris Lang – Princess Pocahontas
- Stéphane Grappelli – A Troubadour
Sky Cinema gave the film two out of five stars, its review stating: "Despite the subject and the cast, the treatment lacks vivacity". TV Guide rated it similarly: "A well-tuned script takes full advantages of the possibilities for comedy, but radio star Handley is a bit of a disappointment, looking sourly out of place on the screen"; The Radio Times rated it three out of five stars, concluding: "Some of the jokes have travelled less well and it falls flat in places, but it's a thoroughly entertaining romp".