Mrs. Henderson Presents – Filtered
Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it, despite the fact the two don’t seem to get on at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres copy it and disaster looms. Laura suggests they put nudes in the show, but Van Damm points out that the Lord Chamberlain, who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily Mrs Henderson is friends with him.
“Mrs. Henderson Presents” could have been a good family film had they chose a different angle to branch off from. Nudity in the theater is not something that I would consider family friendly. The film encouraged men in the army to look at naked women, and at one point even brought an army man into the room of one of the performers for them to get to know each other. The relationship ended up in an unwed pregnancy, and the man not returning to the woman. What a sad outlook. The film, however, did have some great singing, acting and theatrical performances.