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Let's Make Up(1956)

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Let's Make Up was released as Lilacs in the Spring in Great Britain. The January 5, 1955 Variety review from London stated that the film would be released in the U.S. by United Artists and gave the film's running time as 94 minutes. The review also mentioned two other songs, "Tipperary" and "Lassie from Lancashire," but these were not heard in the British print viewed, which ran 87 minutes. When the film was released in the U.S. under the title Let's Make Up, it was cut to 72 minutes. The opening sequences in the theater and pub were in black and white.
       U.S. financial participation in this film's production has not been confirmed, but it is probable that United Artists was involved. Republic Pictures Corp., with which producer Herbert Wilcox had an earlier co-production arrangement, May also have been involved in the film's production, and released the film in Great Britain. A Hollywood Reporter news item of June 30, 1954 reported that United Artists would release the film in the Western Hemisphere, while Republic handled the Eastern Hemisphere and Britain.
       The Royal Chelsea Hospital was established in 1682 by King Charles II to house soldiers who had become too old or infirm for continued military service. Soldiers who live at the hospital are known as "Chelsea Pensioners." The film was adapted from the theatrical extravaganza The Glorious Days, which ran in London through most of the Coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II, from 27 February to November 7, 1953. The Times review of the show's London opening described it as having "a wondrously complicated story" in which Miss Neagle plays not only historical personages and a modern day character, but also that character's mother. Neagle had portrayed Nell Gywn in the 1935 film of the same name and Queen Victoria in Victoria the Great (1937) and Queen of Destiny (1938), all directed by Wilcox (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).
       Two humorous allusions to Errol Flynn are included in the film. As "Charles" is about to leave for overseas, "Kate" tells him, "Give my love to Errol Flynn if you see him in Burma." As "Carole" complains that she has no clothes to take with her on her sudden trip to Burma, "John" asks, "What do you want with pajamas in Burma? It's too hot, I should know." Both jokes allude to Flynn's appearance in the controversial 1945 film Objective Burma (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).