Mumsie (1927) Produced in Great Britain. Director: Herbert Wilcox. Scenario: Edward Knoblock. Cast: Pauline Frederick, Nelson Keys, Herbert Marshall, Frank Stanmore, Donald Macardle, Irene Russell, Rolf Leslie, A. Barry, Frank Perfitt, Patrick Susands, Tom Coventry. This film appears to be LOST
This was Frederick's last silent and only British film, made during her stage tour of Madame X.
Film Version of Knoblock's play produced by Herbert Wilcox. Trade shown at the London Hippodrome Sept.2 for World's trade
|Sud Murphy||Nelson Keys|
|Nobby Clarke||Frank Stanmore|
|Colonel Armytage||Herbert Marshall|
|Noel Symonds||Donald McCardle|
|Edgar Symonds||Rolf Leslie|
|Carl Kessler||Arthur Barry|
This is Wilcox's first independent production since he finished "Pompadour" and his British National contract. It marks a great advance on his previous work, though "Pompadour" was a pretty good film. But in "Mumsie" he has told a story coherently and the story is good sob stuff. A number of female hard-boiled eggs wiped away channels in their face powder as they came out, and on it's tear appeal, it ought to be good.
Pauline Frederick has a role which suits her age,and plays with becoming restraint. She is better directed than for many a picture, and this film should put her back into favor quite a bit.
Pre-war scenes in the French village are excellent and the air-raid stuff is more natural than this sort of thing is usually. Good thumbnail sketches of village characters brighten up the general action, and lighting and photography are keeping.
While this touches the overworked war, it is not a war film, nor is it a bad imitation of Hollywood. It might have been made snappier on the Coast, but not so sincere, nor so genuinely sobby.
Not a world-beater, but good enough to stand on it's own feet in any house, and promising for Wilcox's future.
Last revised, September 17, 2005