Ladies Who Do

1963

Comedy

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IMDb Rating 6.9 10 483

london, england cleaning lady big business

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Top cast

Nigel Davenport as Mr. Strang
Carol White as Sandra
Ron Moody as Police Inspector
Harry H. Corbett as James Ryder
720p.BLU
782.83 MB
1280*768
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 25 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ShadeGrenade 10 / 10

Delightful British Comedy In The Ealing Mold

Mrs.Cragg ( Peggy Mount ) is a charlady in the employ of the successful property development firm Ryder Enterprises. One day she finds a barely-smoked cigar in her employer's waste-paper basket, and, wrapping it in a piece of paper, gives it to her other employer, Colonel Whitforth ( the splendid Robert Morley ).

Noticing that the paper is in fact a telegram warning of an imminent company take-over bid by R.E., the wily Colonel instructs his stockbroker to buy shares in the doomed firm, and then sell them when the bid goes through. He makes a profit of £5,000! He offers Mrs.Cragg a share in the money, but she thinks he has done something illegal and goes to James Ryder ( Harry H.Corbett ) to come clean about the whole business. While waiting to see him she finds out R.E. have bought Pitt Street - where she lives - and plans to turf out the residents in order to build office blocks.

Enraged, she enlists the help of other chars to beat the greedy Ryder at his own game...

The post-war years saw much social change in Britain. Houses were demolished all over the country as redevelopment took place on a grand scale. 'Ladies Who Do' effectively captures those far-off times.

It is like an Ealing comedy in that it features ordinary people unexpectedly finding themselves in positions of authority, and the world becomes better off for it. The Colonel uses the money to form a company called 'Ladezudo' ( ladies who do ). Initially, they set out to save working class communities from predators such as Ryder, but by the end of the picture, they are seduced by the capitalist system and have adopted his entire philosophy.

A mouth-watering cast - Peggy Mount, Robert Morley, Harry H.Corbett, Jon Pertwee, Nigel Davenport, Dandy Nichols, Miriam Karlin, Graham Stark, Cardew Robinson, Avril Elgar, Arthur Mullard, John Laurie - and a witty script by Michael Pertwee add up to 85 minutes of absolutely charming comedy.

Mount's 'Mrs.Cragg' is not as domineering as her other screen roles, such as 'Emma Hornet' in 'Sailor Beware'. Here she is lovable. I'm sure audiences cheered as her army of women in aprons and curlers advanced menacingly on the builders.

'Ryder' has worked his way up from nothing to become a tycoon. He is the sort of man Harold Steptoe could have been had he gone into the property developing business instead of totting.

Barbara Mitchell appears briefly at the end, her character is not too far removed from the one she played in 'Please Sir!' and 'The Fenn Street Gang'. Also one to watch out for is a young Carol White ( of 'Cathy Come Home' fame ).

Favourite moment - a couple takes up R.E.'s offer of £100 to move out of Pitt Street, then the husband ( Ed Devereaux ) admits they were going to go anyway!

The only thing this film needed to make it a bona fide classic was the presence of John LeMesurier. But even without him, its still pretty good. Great music by Ron Goodwin too!

Reviewed by planktonrules 9 / 10

Funny and clever.

Peggy Mount stars in this British film. Since she isn't exactly a star and the film was relatively low budget, it's rare for anyone here in the States to get a chance to see it. I found the film on YouTube and am very glad I saw it, as the film was quite funny and very original.

Mount stars as a cleaning lady. One day, by chance, she brings home a slip of paper from an office she'd been cleaning and her renter (Robert Morley) recognizes that the paper is actually inside information about a big financial deal. So, he gambles everything and soon earns a tidy return. But when he approaches his landlady about the idea of her bringing in more papers she finds in the trashcans, the story ends up going places you don't expect-- including his soon employing several cleaning ladies to bring him all the trash from their offices! Soon, they're making a fortune. What's next?

The plot is quite original, there are plenty of cute and funny moments and the film is nice because the acting and writing are spot on target. It also has a strong populist bent--one that pits these simple ladies about capitalist investors. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed by kris-gray 8 / 10

Please Lady Mount

My mother took me to see this at the cinema and I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed today when it was on the Talking Pictures channel. The premise was pinched recently for the Sheridan Smith series 'Cleaning Up' although not a comedy like this one. It's a typical 60's B&W comedy that could sit alongside the Carry On films with a wealth of British comedy talent of the day led by Robert Morley and Peggy Mount with Harry H Corbett as the villain of the piece.

I really disliked Peggy Mount when she was Ada Larkin in 'The Larkins' she was so horrible to David Kossoff, as a 6 year old at the time I didn't understand she was acting. So one day on holiday on the Norfolk broads she was having lunch with Pat Combs in the hotel we were staying in. My father said go in and ask her for an autograph so I went up and said 'Please Lady Mount, can I have your autograph?' she was so sweet and obliged, I then went back and gave her mine, she laughed saying it was the first time anyone had given on back.

Lovely lady, lovely film.

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