Miss London Ltd. (1943)

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The main interest in this was its portrayal of London life in the fourth year of the war. An American woman (Evelyn Dall) inherits half the partnership in Miss London Ltd, an escort agency, big hearted Arthur Askey is the other partner. Dall arrives off the boat train at Waterloo Station, via the Azores and Lisbon, during the opening song by Anne Shelton, the station announcer. This song is sung from the "control room", the words are set round the stations served from Waterloo. The studio set of the Waterloo concourse, complete with the old cameo cinema, was remarkably accurate. The song and dance routine with the girl porters moved off the platform to the concourse and past the original platform indicator board by the low numbered platforms. The board shows more old stations, but the panels at the top cleverly flash out the last line of the song.

Dall leaves the station by the Victory Arch and hails a taxi . At this point she meets Peter Graves' army captain. The rest of the film trundles along merrily. When Dall gets to the escort agency the pictures of the girls are all 19th century pinups. More modern girls are acquired, who are all out to earn extra money on top of their war-work day jobs. However one girl says she was sacked from being an aircraft observer as the aircraft came in too low to observe her. In another scene a posh dinner is arranged in the captain's hotel room. The waiter lists the menu, essentially a dozen variants on Woolton Pie! It was very difficult to catch all the wartime references, but one I did was, "He's as difficult to understand as those messages after the 9 o'clock news", these were the coded messages sent from London to the Resistance.

The film features a surreal self-parodying sequence in which Bowman, in order to gain entrance to a hotel, pretends to be the famous Arthur Askey, using some of his choice catchphrases. Other spoofs include Askey and Dall doing a routine as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and, with Shiner in addition, as the three Marx Brothers, and Richard Hearne as the dancing commodore.


Arthur Askey as Arthur Bowman
Evelyn Dall as Terry Arden
Anne Shelton as Gail Martin
Richard Hearne as Commodore Joshua Wellington
Max Bacon as Romero
Jack Train as Joe Nelson
Peter Graves as Captain Michael "Rory" O'More
Jean Kent as The Encyclopedia Girl
Ronald Shiner as Sailor Meredith
Patricia Owens as Miss London Hilda Campbell Russell as Cabaret Singer

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