Keep Smiling was carefully prepared with an eye to establishing the topflight British star Gracie Fields in the US. Results are meritorious, mainly due to preparation of the screenplay by William Conselman, Hollywood veteran, and direction by Monty Banks, which injects more of the American type of humor than has been present in earlier Fields starrers.
Film is good entertainment, a fast-moving filmusical with several songs delivered in crackerjack style by Fields. Story concerns show troupe headed by Fields which gets stranded; beds in at farm of girl’s grandfather; luckily acquires a bus for a tour; and winds up for a two-year engagement at a pavilion near Brighton.
Fields delivers three comedy numbers, a torch song, one swing tune that has possibilities of popularity with the bands, ‘Swing Your Way to Happiness’, and scores decisively in singing the religious choral, ‘Jerusalem’, in a small church setting.
Mary Maguire is only American player in cast, and is satisfactory as the dancing in- genue who provides the romantic interest. Mr Skip, the wirehair, is the canine who became rather famous as Astra in The Thin Man.