I'll Be Your Sweetheart (1945)

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Period musical. London 1900. Bob Fielding has travelled from the north of England to try and become a song publisher. He visits the Tivoli music hall where Edie Story is performing George Le Brunn's latest hit `Oh! Mr Porter' and asks to publish Le Brunn's next song. Meanwhile, song writers Kahn and Kelly sell their latest number, `I'll Be Your Sweetheart', to another budding publisher, Jim Knight. However, as they do not receive an advance they later re-sell it to Fielding, who has been introduced to the pair by Le Brunn. Both Bob and Jim turn up at the Tivoli to sell the song to Edie only to find that they both have the same song to sell. They fight over the song, but Edie promises to meet Bob at Pacey's music shop the following morning to listen to the song, Bob having lied that he shares the shop with Pacey as an office. Pacey, on finding Bob and Edie in the shop the following morning, throws them both out. Edie initially tears up the song in anger at being deceived, but relents and sings it at the Tivoli, after which it becomes a big hit. With this success Bob sets up his song publishing business with Pacey, who sees the earnings potential. In an attempt to defeat the music pirates who sell song sheets at very cheap prices, and depriving both the publishers and the song writers of their earnings, Bob sells his sheet music at a low price. Jim, however, sets up a shop opposite Bob selling sheet music at the same price and in direct competition. They have also become competitors over Edie. The pirates soon have a cheap edition of `I'll Be Your Sweetheart' on the streets, whereupon Bob organises the song writers to smash the pirates' stalls. Nevertheless, Bob's business soon begins to founder owing to the losses incurred due to the activities of the pirates. The M.P., T.P.O'Connor, begins an attempt to steer through Parliament a copyright bill to cover the work of the song writers. This is too late for George Le Brunn, however, who dies through ill health caused by poverty. When Bob sees Wallace, the head of the pirates, leaving a theatre one night, he follows him to discover their printing works. He again organises the song writers to attack the pirates where they smash the printing presses. O'Connor also successfully gets the copyright bill into law. Jim finally realises that Edie is attracted to Bob and she finally accepts the latter's proposal of marriage.

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