With his second film, The Duke Wore Jeans, Tommy Steele is lured into doing a certain amount of acting, and though no great shakes as a mummer, he emerges as a likeable personality with acting potentiality.
The lissom yarn [by Lionel Bart and Michael Pratt] has Steele playing a dual role. He is a young aristocrat who wants to evade wooing the princess of a wealthy South American oil-monarchy, as desired by his hard-up parents, mainly because he already is secretly married. When he meets a young, brash Cockney who is his exact double, he arranges for him to take his place.
Steele is happier when he takes over for the young peer than in the earlier stages. Opportunities are provided for him to sing several numbers of which ‘It’s All Happening,’ ‘Happy Guitar’ and ‘Thanks a Lot’ are standouts. Most of the comedy is supplied via a suave performance by Michael Medwin, as a gentleman’s gentleman.