Cinema: The New Pictures: May 6, 1940

Irene (RKO). Only a few British cinemactresses have kicked their way up from the chorus to stardom—Evelyn Laye, Jessie Matthews, Anna Neagle. None is quite so fair as Anna Neagle.

Born Marjorie Robertson, Cinemactress Neagle (rhymes with eagle) got a grip on her career as a chorine when a British musical took her to Manhattan. Back in England, Producer-Director Herbert Wilcox signed her up, patiently brought her along, picture by picture, from musicomedy to solemn historical roles. In eight years they made 14 pictures together. Among them: Victoria the Great (which made the Neagle...

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