For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Sally in Our Alley (1931 film).

Sally in Our Alley (1931 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sally in Our Alley
Sally in Our Alley (1931 film).jpg
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Written byMiles Malleson
Archie Pitt
Alma Reville
Based onThe Likes of Her
by Charles McEvoy
Produced byBasil Dean
StarringGracie Fields
Ian Hunter
Florence Desmond
Gibb McLaughlin
CinematographyAlex Bryce
Robert Martin
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Music byErnest Irving
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • 9 July 1931 (1931-07-09)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sally in Our Alley is a 1931 British romantic comedy drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Gracie Fields, Ian Hunter, and Florence Desmond. It is based on the 1923 West End play The Likes of Her by Charles McEvoy.

Plot summary

A British soldier (Ian Hunter) goes off to fight in the First World War, with his girlfriend (Gracie Fields) waiting and worried at home. He is soon wounded in battle and crippled. He comes to the conclusion that she would be better off believing that he has been killed so she can get on with her life. She gets the news and is devastated. Several years later she is still grieving for him, but he has now been cured and goes looking for her.



Shooting for the film started on 23 March 1931 at Beaconsfield Studios by Associated Talking Pictures, who relocated to Ealing Studios the following year. Shooting lasted six weeks, concluding in early May. It marked the screen debut of Gracie Fields who was an established music hall star. Fields' husband, the screenwriter Archie Pitt was originally set to play the role of Alf Cope. However, after less than a week of filming, as Fields and Pitt were travelling back from shooting, their car crashed. Though Fields escaped injury, Pitt was forced to withdraw from the cast in order to recuperate. Due to his experience and availability, the role was quickly recast with Fred Groves.[1] The film incorporated Fields' hugely popular signature song, Sally, itself a reference to Henry Carey's 1725 song, Sally in Our Alley, which had long been a traditional English country dance. It included the first use of the Dunning Process in Britain.[2]

The film took £100,000 at the box office,[3] establishing Fields as a national film star.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Norman G. Arnold.

Home media

This film was released in the UK as part of the Gracie Fields collector's edition DVD box set in 2008, which in addition to this film includes Looking on the Bright Side (1932), Love, Life and Laughter (1934), Sing As We Go (1934), Look Up and Laugh (1935), Queen of Hearts (1936) and The Show Goes On (1937). A Blu-ray standalone version followed in 2020, restored from a 35mm fine grain master print.


  1. ^ "Gracie Fields' Film: Car Accident Causes Archie Pitt's Withdrawal from Cast". Kinematograph Weekly. 2 April 1931.
  2. ^ "Elvey's Big Cast: "Sally in Our Alley" Starting on Monday at Beaconsfield". Kinematograph Weekly. 19 March 1931.
  3. ^ Sweet p.133


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Sweet, Matthew. Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema. Faber and Faber, 2005.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Sally in Our Alley (1931 film)
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Wikiwand 2.0 is here 🎉! We've made some exciting updates - No worries, you can always revert later on