Cinema: The Shopgirl's Dream

The statuette, known as a "silver lady," looked very much like a female Hollywood Oscar. The radiant young lady who clasped it looked, in her gown of turquoise slipper satin and black lace, like a composite photograph of Merle Oberon and Joan Bennett. For the third successive year, Margaret Lockwood last week shakily thanked British moviegoers for electing her Britain's most popular cinemactress. (John Mills, star of Great Expectations, was voted most popular cinemactor; Anna Neagle's The Courtneys of Curzon Street, the most popular film.)

England's "Oscars" are chosen by moviegoers (polled by the London Daily Mail) instead of by their fellow...

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